Our heavenly Father has given a commandment
which is rarely, if ever, obeyed by those who claim to be the followers and disciples of the Messiah.
Yahuwah also spoke to Mosheh, saying, "Speak to the
sons of Yisrael, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels (Hebrew tzitzit) on the corners
of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.
It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of Yahuwah, so as to do them and not
follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot, so that you may remember to
do all My commandments and be holy to your Elohim. I am Yahuwah your Elohim who brought you out from the
land of Mitzrayim to be your Elohim; I am Yahuwah your Elohim." (Bamidbar [Numbers] 15:37-41)
passage of Scripture adds some detail to the commandment to wear the tassels.
You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover
yourself. (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 22:12)
This text adds two
details worth noting. First, this passage gives the numeric four. Bamidbar 15 tells us to wear
these tassels on the corners of our garment, but Devarim 22:12 states specifically that the tassel is to be on the
four corners of the garment. While not earth-shaking, we can eliminate the temptation of wearing countless
number of tassels, or endlessly debating how many corners are on a garment!
Secondly, the wearing of the tzitzit is to be on "the garment with which you cover yourself."
The Hebrew word for garment is a generic one and does not indicate a particular article of clothing. But the
verse does specify that the tzitzit are to be on the clothing "you cover yourself with." Thus, tzitzit
do not have to be on every piece of clothing we wear, such as on the socks, underclothing, pants, sweaters or any
other additional article we might wear. It is to be on the garment (not "garments") which covers us.
So, it may be on an undershirt, a shirt, or a coat. These are usually considered to be the garments that
In Bamidbar 15:38, Yahuwah was commanding Mosheh regarding the sons of Yisrael
that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners
of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of
The word translated corner is the Hebrew
@n"K' ("canaph"). This word is translated in other passages and contexts as "wing,
winged, border, corner, shirt." It is the same word used of the wing of a bird, the wing or extension of a
building (such as the temple), the wings of cherubs, figuratively of the speed of the wind (the wings of the wind),
and in other figurative ways as well.
word is used in Malachi 4:2:
But for you who revere
my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves
released from the stall.
This verse speaks to those who obey Yahuwah's
commandments. And those who do so recognize the importance of obeying the commandment of Bamidbar 15, which
requires the wearing of the tassel in the wings (corners) of the garment that covers you.
Malachi 4 is clearly set in a context of the Messianic reign of Elohim on
earth. So, the phrase sun of righteousness was (and is) believed to be a metaphorical reference to
the promised Messiah. The purpose of the metaphor is to graphically illustrate the appearing of the Messiah by the
word picture of the sun rising. Thus, the verse is telling us that when the Messiah appears, that he would
bring healing in his "wings." And these "wings" of the Messiah are, of course, the tzitzit
hanging from his garment!
Though for several
centuries after the Messiah this phrase sun of righteousness was used to justify the adoption, merging
and syncretizing of many traditions, customs and practices of pagan sun-god worship into the Christian Church, this verse
was never intended to link anything having to do with the sun-god with the Messiah of Scriptures. It is a
shame that so many have abandoned true worship of Elohim which is done according to the Scriptures (on the Sabbath)
and have in its place accepted "Sun"day worship.
The first such healing occurs when Yahusha and his
disciples were on the way to a rulers house to raise his daughter who had died:
But a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years
came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. For she kept saying to herself, "If only I touch his
cloak, I will be healed." But when Yahusha turned and saw her he said, "Have courage, daughter!
Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed from that hour (Mattityahu 9:20-22, my translation)
This woman, by reaching out and touching the tassels of
Yahusha, was expressing by this action that she believed Yahusha to be the Messiah.
The Greek manuscripts describe the area of the garment
she reached out and touched as "the edge of his cloak." The Greek word here, translated as "edge"
is kra,spedon, which the lexicons translate as "fringe, edge; tassel." This
is clearly a reference to the tzitzit which makes up the "fringe" of his cloak, which all Torah observant
Jews of Yahusha's day wore in obedience to the command.
Thus, what we have in this account, is the real, not imagined, faith of a woman who believed
both the Scriptures and that Yahusha is the Messiah. So, she trusted that by touching his "wings"
she would be healed. And Yahusha commended her and rewarded her faith with the healing of her twelve year disease.
Later in the Mattityahu account, we
see many others who believed the same about the Messiah's tzitzit:
After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the people there recognized
him, they sent word into all the surrounding area, and they brought all their sick to him. They begged him if they
could only touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed (Mattityahu 14:34-36).
Mark records the same event and describes it as follows:
After they had crossed over, they came to land at
Gennesaret and anchored there. As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Yahusha. They ran through
that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever he was rumored to be. And wherever he would go--into
villages, towns, or countryside--they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if they could
just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed (Mark 6:53-56).
Again, as with the account of the woman with the disease, many people
believed the Scriptures about healing in the Messiah's "wings" and trusted in Yahusha as the Messiah.
And their faith was rewarded.
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