As you have seen in parts 1-4, every part of the high priest’s garments are rich with meaning. Every color, every thread, even the tassels on the corners of his prayer shawl, paint beautiful pictures of Jesus. 😊
But did God require tassels simply so that they would remember to do the LORD commands? Yes and no. Yes, He wanted them to follow His commands, but He also knew that they couldn’t do that on their own. You see, man has no power. He needs help. He needs visual aids and props to help him. Jesus said, after all, “Without Me you can do NOTHING.”
The Perfectly Obedient One.
The only One Who perfectly knows God’s will, as outlined in the Ten Commandments, and has the power to carry them out is JESUS! Because we weren’t able to do it, Jesus came, fulfilled all the Law for us, in fact “AS us, and then instituted a New Covenant sealed with His sinless blood, which is recorded in Hebrews 8.
If you read Hebrew 8 very carefully, you’ll see that the only command for us today is to “BELIEVE.” Look to Jesus and “BELIEVE.” Our deal is that we REMEMBER JESUS, and that God REMEMBERS OUR SINS NO MORE! Our fight was, is, and has always been, the fight to remain in faith; faith in what God says, what He has promised, and what Jesus accomplished for us.
Every detail, every picture, every name, and place name in Hebrew, including the Hebrew letters themselves, are speaking to us. But even when you understand that, passages like the one above can kinda leave you scratching your head. 🤔
God had Israel build a tabernacle in the wilderness. Why? All their tents faced away from the desert, toward the tabernacle. Why? He had them put a bronze serpent on a pole in the wilderness when they were bitten by poisonous snakes. Why? When they looked intently, in faith, to that pole, they were healed. Why?
All these things are depictions of Jesus! He wanted them looking “TO JESUS!”
Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
Below is a portion of the opening passage in Hebrew, which the Jewish people call, “The law of “Zit-zit.” That is what they call those “Tassels.” This, again, clearly shows that God wants us “Looking to Jesus.”
The passage says that the LORD wanted them to “Remember all the commands of the LORD.” In the picture above you can see the word, “Remember.” The untranslated word next to it circled in red, “Et: [אֵ֥ת],” is Jesus’ signature. How do we know that?
“Aleph [אֵ֥] and Tav [ת]” are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus is “The First and the Last.” He wants them to remember Jesus! “When you see the blue tassel, remember Me: Jesus.” Of course, the Jewish people don’t know it’s Jesus. They think of Messiah. But we know, don’t we Church?
Where are “The Commandments of the Law” today? They are in Jesus! He fulfilled them. “Thy Word have I hid in My heart.” Jesus did that. He is the only One Who can perfectly obey the Law in all aspects at all times and never ever make a mistake. And when you accept Jesus as your Savor, His perfect Law-keeping is credited to you.
For more on the subject of Jesus’ Signature, follow the link below:
Healing In His Wings.
The prophet Malachi in chapter 4 verse 2 wrote of our Lord Jesus that He would arise with “Healing in His wings.” Remember that? I always assumed it was some reference to His being protective of us under His wings, like a mother hen or mother eagle; you know, like it says in Psalm 91. Eagles and hens have wings, right?
Well, yes they do and, yes, He does protect us like that. But that isn’t what the Holy Spirit means here. In Jesus’ day, every Hebrew male wore a prayer shawl, called a “Tallit.” This garment was required to have a tassel on all four corners with a blue thread woven in it. Though the hem of any garment is referred to as “wings,” the tassels of their tallit are also called wings, “Kanaphim,” in Hebrew.
Grace Not Law.
Now, in the Old Testament, all the curses were behind God, at his back. Because Jesus had not yet died, no one could look at the face of God and live. All they could ever see of God was His back as He was leaving them.
But Jesus is not about Law: He’s all about grace! He reached out and physically, lovingly, touched this poor woman who, like a leper, had not been physically touched by anyone in a long, long time. He not only restored her health, He restored her humanity. WHAT A SAVIOR!!
Follow the link below to Part 6 where we’ll discuss two very mysterious parts of the high priest’s garments: The Urim and Thummim:
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