Understanding the instruction related
to wearing tzitzit found in Numbers 15:38
The commandment of tzitzit in Numbers 15:38-39 is beautiful. It is a reminder from the Creator of the Universe who has taken us as His people – to be our Elohim, our Father and our Messiah – to keep His commandments. Our Father knows that we are prone to fall to the lust of our flesh, the lust of our eyes and the pride of life, just as Adam and Eve fell.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:6
The trickster, satan, is like a lion seeking to kill, steal and destroy the children of YHVH (John 10:10). However, he is not given permission to overtake us – to make us act against our will. Instead, he places before us temptations. If he can entice us to break the commandments of YHVH he knows that we step from the promise of blessings to the promise of curses. We can’t serve two masters.
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live! Choose to love YHVH, your Elohim and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for He is your life. Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Perhaps now is the time to deal with the idea that Yeshua did away with the law. He did indeed “fulfill” the law. He did indeed take upon himself the curse of the law – death. He redeemed us from the curse of the law. But did He do away with the law?
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:17-19
The word fulfilled in Hebrew means to give complete meaning. Matthew 5:20 through chapter 8 are the words of Yeshua giving us instructions about keeping Torah – His law, also translated “instructions”, from the heart. The Father lamented in Isaiah 29: 13 that His people honor Him with their lips but that their hearts were far from Him. They said at Mt. Sinai that they would keep His commandments but their hearts were not in it.
If you love me, keep My commandments. John 14:15
Remember Balaam? Kings tried to destroy Israel with a curse but Balaam could not curse the children of Israel and only blessed them. Finally, Balaam tells the frustrated Kings that if they will send their women to tempt the Israelites and if the Israelites follow their lusts, breaking the commandments, then YHVH will indeed curse them. That has been Satan’s plan from the Garden of Eden – to entice us to forsake the commandments and be destroyed by the judgments of YHVH.
So, in Numbers 15:38-41, our Father gives us the commandment of tzitzit. Although Rabbinic law excuses women from keeping this commandment, the written Torah includes them. The language is clearly to the children of Israel, both male and female, young and old.
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a thread of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the YHWH, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your Elohim. I am the YHWH your Elohim, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your Elohim: I am the YHWH your Elohim. Numbers 15:38-41
- The Thread of Blue
The thread of blue is a color generally reserved for royal purposes, used in the Tabernacle and priestly garments – reminds us that Yeshua redeemed us and, according to Revelation 1:6 and Revelation 5:10, we have been “made” kings and priests. (Strongs G4160, the word “made” means appoint or ordain.)
And hast made us unto our Elohim kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Rev 5:10
We submit for your consideration that the unfathomable love that caused the Creator of the Universe to come down and redeem us with His own blood is the same love that caused Him to utter the commandment of tzitzit. Tzitzit are a touchable, visual reminder that we belong to Him, that we are His people, called to be His image in the world as kings and priests. Yeshua simply says that if we love Him, then keep his instructions so that we are indeed reflecting His image into the world. When we are reminded to keep the commandments we are also reminded of a promise – that blessings follow our obedience. In Deuteronomy 28:2 it says that blessings will overtake us if we listen and obey the words of YHVH.
We are reminded that our Father is our protector, healer and that our prosperity comes from His hand when we follow His instructions.
King David wrote of hiding beneath the wings of the Almighty. The word translated as wings can mean the wings of a bird such as an eagle or hen who gather their young under their wings to hide and protect them. It also can be translated as the wings of a garment – the hem of a garment, on which hang tzitzit. Imagine a four cornered garment worn as a cloak. One could stretch out their arms and the edges of the garment would be like wings that could cover hide their children there. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. Psalm 17:8-9 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the cover of thy wings. Psalm 61:2-4
In ancient times it was believed that whatever one asked when touching the hem of another’s garment would be granted them. When the crowd pressed Yeshua as he was making his way to the house of Jarius, a ruler of the synagogue, to heal his daughter, a woman touched the tzitzit on the hem of His garment and her faith made her whole.
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole. Matthew 9:20-22
(This story is recorded in three of the four gospels. See Mark 5:24-34 and Luke 8:43-47.) The woman believed the words of Malachi:
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Mt. Sinai for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:2-6
When we keep the commandments, our blessings come from the hand of our Father, the Creator of the Universe. The universe and everything in it is His – do you think we will be lacking?
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: Deut 28:1-13
Looking forward, this last generation must consider the enduring importance of tzitzit.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. Zechariah 8:23
The word skirt is the same word translated as the hem or wing of a garment. So, in the last days men will take hold of the tzitzit, a mark of the children of YHVH. The Jews or the tribe of Judah has been faithful in keeping the commandment of tzitzit and therefore people assume it is a Jewish custom. But who stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai, who received the commandments of YHVH in the wilderness? ALL of Israel, every tribe. This is a commandment for all of Israel including any who count themselves among YHVH’s people, those adopted or grafted in. There is one law for all.
May you be blessed as you keep the commandment of tzitzit.
About our custom “house wrap” tzitzits
We offer tzitzit tied according to rabbinic tradition (Ashkenazi and Sephardic). We also offer a “house wrap” which is detailed below.
5 Knots = invincible grace
First Wrap of 5 = another portion of grace, a double portion
Second Wrap of 7 = the great number of spiritual perfection
Third Wrap of 8 = to super-abound and new beginnings
Fourth Wrap of 12 = represents the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and is a perfect number signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection.
Our Creator is unfathomable, and majestically works everything together in creation – an exquisitely complex tapestry woven together with nothing left to chance or coincidence. Numbers are symbolic and are woven in this mystery. This is not about numerology – Satan’s counterfeit – but Gematria.