”To Tzitzit ,or not to Tzitzit, this is The Question”
What an amazing instruction from our King!
Like all of any loving parents Instructions for their kids, all are for their kids benefit, this is exactly the same with YHVH (The LORD) the ultimate parent and His Instructions (Torah) for His Kids (Israel). So what is the function of these Tzitzit (tassels)? Well they play a major rule in empowering Israel to not sin via following their emotions or as Scripture states their hearts and eyes. What does this mean? There is always, ALWAYS, no matter how mature a believer you may be, a fight within your very own soul to obey or disobey YHVH’s (the LORD’s) Torah (Instructions) and in this fight it’s very easy to make decisions via our emotions and many times our emotions are simply incorrect and untrustworthy.
Now there is an argument of whether or not woman should wear tzitzit, however this is not the intent of this post, the intent is to draw attention as to why tzitzit should be worn at the very least by all who claim to be Israelite males.
In the few years that I have interacted with believers and have had conversations regarding tzittziyot, the argument always arises that says ‘’I do not need to wear Tzitzit to remind me to keep YHVH’s (the LORD’s) Commandments as they are written on my heart.’’ Well the thing is, firstly YHVH (The LORD) is smarter than we are, agreed? He knows our strengths and our weaknesses better than we ever could, agreed? So therefore if these two statements are true, maybe it’s a good idea to trust His Judgment in all issues including this one and therefore just simply do as He says? Besides, when we look into Scripture we can see that SIN separates mankind from YHVH (The LORD) agreed? Well that is not a good thing if all of us are desiring a relationship with YHVH (the LORD). Yet the thing is from what the text says it’s impossible to obey our Father without the use of Tzittziyot, and therefore without Tzittziyot we cannot have a healthy relationship with YHVH (The LORD). That sounds crazy but let’s take a look at the text.
Num 15:37-40 YHVH (The LORD) said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments THROUGHOUT THEIR GENERATIONS, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. 39 And it shall be a tassel for YOU TO LOOK AT AND REMEMBER ALL THE COMMANDMENTS of YHVH (the LORD), TO DO THEM, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. 40 SO YOU SHALL REMEMBER AND DO ALL MY COMMANDMENTS, AND BE KODESH (Holy) TO YOUR ELOHIM (God).
1) The first thing we must take not of is that the Instruction is from YHVH (the LORD) and not from Moshe (Moses). 2) The Instruction is to be carried out ‘’throughout the generations of Israel’’ (made up of Jews and former Gentiles), which means as longs as Israel exists, which means FOREVER which includes today as we who are reading this text makeup part of who Israel is. 3) Twice YHVH (The LORD) makes it clear the function of the Tzittziyot is to cause us to REMEMBER His Commandments and DO THEM.
Now whenever we see YHVH (The LORD) repeat something it is a MASSIVE NEON SIGN saying pay very close attention to what is being said, why do we believe this?
Gen 41:32 And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by Elohim (God), and Elohim (God) will shortly bring it about.
Therefore we understand that YHVH (The LORD) is saying without Tzittziyot it is impossible to REMEMBER His Commandments and DO THEM.
Why is this important?
Rom 2:13 For it is not the hearers of the Law (Torah/Commandments) who are righteous before Elohim (God), but the DOERS of the law (Torah/Commandments) who will be JUSTIFIED.
4) Doing YHVH’s (the LORD’s) commandments is the only way we can become Kodesh (Holy), now what does Kodesh (Holy) mean? Set apart unto YHVH’s (The LORD’s) use. That is exactly what a Wife is to a Husband, why is this important? Well this is the ultimate RELATIONSHIP and the very example YHVH (The LORD) gives of His Relationship with Israel. What about the power of The Blood of Messiah in making us Kodesh (Holy)? Well that is true HOWEVER The Blood of Messiah brings us into The Covenant aka Marriage but once in the Covenant we must then obey, if we fail to obey YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Commandments and therefore SIN we then lose our right to Relationship.
Because SIN separates us from YHVH (The LORD) and Relationship with Him, and SIN is defined by Scripture as.
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth SIN transgresseth also The Law (Torah/Commandments): for SIN is the transgression of The Law(Torah/Commandments).
SIN is our greatest enemy not Commandments, and Tzittziyot are one of our greatest weapons against SIN as they literally ‘’Spiritually’’ empower us to remember and therefore give us the best possible chance of making the right decisions when confronted with SIN.
I hope this makes sense?
YHVH (The LORD) said.
Exo 20:6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Messiah repeated His Fathers Words.
Joh 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
YHVH (The LORD) via Moshe (Moses) gave us the Greatest Commandment.
Deu 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel: YHVH (The LORD) our Elohim (God), YHVH (the LORD) is one 5 You shall love YHVH (the LORD) your Elohim (God) with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Messiah confirmed His Fathers Words
Mar 12:28-30 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Therefore we understand that doing the commandant of Tzittziyot is the greatest gift YHVH (The LORD) has given us so that we can fulfill the Greatest Commandment!
So besides the fact that wearing Tzitzit is a Commandment and ‘’Spiritually Empowers’’ us to remember and therefore do YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Commandments are there any other reasons we should wear Tzittziyot?
First and foremost when we wear Tzittziyot we make a public statement that we are a part of a certain group of people who are held accountable to a certain standard and this fact forces us to behave in a certain way. How is this so? Any uniform has the same effect, in a department store a unidentified person can behave in any way they like, however once said person puts on a uniform and becomes identified with the store and all the responsibilities that come with that identification said person’s behaviour is inevitably altered (if they are wise).
I believe that Tzittziyot are one of the greatest ways we can fulfil the second greatest commandment which is.
Lev 19:17-18 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, BUT THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF: I am YHVH (the LORD).
Here we see the definition of ‘’loving your neighbour as yourself’’ is to help your neighbour not SIN, that makes sense would you not agree? One way of carrying this Commandment out is to physically rebuke our neighbours and remind them not to SIN. However there is another way, could it be that by wearing Tzittziyot we achieve the very same result? I believe this to be true, why?
Well if you were walking down the street my Israelite brother and I was about to commit a SIN, and you being unaware of my intention as I may not even know me. And maybe I has even removed my Tzittziyot so that I will not be identifiable as an Israelite and therefore under less social pressure to conduct myself in a righteous manner. Yet I put it to you that it is very possible, and indeed it is a fact that if I caught sight of your Tzittziyot I would be reminded of YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Commandments and would then be empowered with the opportunity to choose, an opportunity that I would not have had, if you had not obeyed YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Commandment to wear Tzittziyot. I believe this is one of our callings as Scripture says if we do not warn those sinning their blood will be on our hands. I put it to you today that that text does not only mean that we should vocally warn our brothers, keeping the Commandment of Tzittziyot is another way we fail or fulfill this instruction. On a positive note I am sure there is great reward from YHVH (The LORD) for helping your brother and neighbor refrain from sin!
Another great example is if an Israelite brother was stranded on the side of a very dangerous road late at night with his family, and if I and a murderer approached him offering help. If by my lack of Tzittziyot my Israelite brother has zero way of identifying me, his Israelite brother who would help his family to safety, and instead chooses the murderer who goes on to rape and kill his family would YHVH (The LORD) hold me accountable? I believe there would be a responsibility that would fall on me for my failure to identify myself to my brother and the evil that would come on him and his family as result of that.
Do we have any sort of Scripture evidence for this idea? I believe so! Both examples will come from none other than Machiach (Messiah)
Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and ENLARGE THE BORDERS of their garments,
The Pharisees are rebuked by Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua not for wearing Tzittziyot in public but for making them pronounced for the sole purpose of drawing attention to themselves. Which tells us that wearing Tzittziyot in public was normal practice.
Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT:
What an amazing text, this I believe is the Greatest confirmation of the idea of wearing Tzittziyot as a fulfilment of the second greatest commandment of loving your neighbour as yourself as in this example (from a human perspective as Machiach knows many things) Machiach a Israelite man wearing Tzittziyot brought about healing to His neighbour without Him having left home with that intention. If Machiach had made it His custom to not wear His Tzittziyot in public, what would have been the fate of the woman with the issue of blood? Now I am not saying our obedience of wearing Tzittziyot in public will bring about such great miracles as this, and maybe it could as we are told we will do even greater miracles. However I truly believe that in our obedience to the commandment of Tzittziyot we do really have an opportunity to fulfil the second greatest commandment like we witness in this example, and be a blessing to our brothers and sisters and therefore the entire Body of Machiach (Messiah).
So I encourage you for my sake, for the sake of your brother who needs to be constantly reminded to obey YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Commandments. Bevakasha (please), I beg you, for the sake of my salvation and that of my family and for other brothers as weak and challenged as I am to obey, make it your custom to wear your Tzittziyot were ever you go, you may just save me and yourself!
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