“For if a rose were by any other name, would it not smell as sweet?”- Shakespeare
Matt 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem [kraspedon=tassels] of his garment:
Matt 14:35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; 36And besought him that they might only touch the hem [kraspedon=tassels] of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Why garment? Why not the hand, arm, girdle, sash, head, feet, sandals? Why both times.
First, let’s look at some Jewish traditions:
i. God required to place something on entrance of door of every room in every orthodox house.
ii. Small rectangular box.
iii. Costly: 95 cents, ½ million dollars, depending on material and the writer.
iv. Could be it astronomically priced.
v. Inside is in scripted in handwritten letters on special parchment Shama Israel adonai, elahhenu adonai ehhaad
“Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our GOD is ONE God”
vi. Every time they passed the door they would brush their right hand over the box and quote:
Shama Israel adonai, elahhenu adonai ehhaad
vii. Touch with fingers the MOST SACRED OF COMMANDMENTS of God and kiss the truth that there is only one God. TO REMEMBER
i. Small boxes on forehead and left arm connected to leather straps.
ii. Wrapped special way around head, and arm(hand). Also had the scripture within them.
iii. To KEEP THE TRUTH OF ONE GOD IN THEIR MIND, AND IN THEIR HEART.
iv. Wear openly, don’t care what anyone thinks.
a. WHO CARES what the Mormons, Catholics, Trinitarians say, we have the truth and we know that we got it.
Num 15:37 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 38 “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels [tzit-tzitot] on the corners [kanafim=wings] of their garments throughout their generations [in perpetuity], and to put a blue thread in the tassels [tzit-tzitot] of the corners [kanafim=wings]. 39 “And you shall have the tassel [tzit-tzit], that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 “and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. 41 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.”
Borders=corners (look upon and remember)
Deut. 22:12 “You shall make tassels [tzit-tzitot] on the four corners [kanafim=wings] of the clothing with which you cover [kacah] yourself.
Tallis (taal-is) or Tallitot:
i. Prayer shawl
ii. Garment – OUTER COVERING
iii. Tallitot in Hebrew: “Little Tent”
iv. Has to have four corners with tassels.
v. Must be worn throughout all their generations.
vi. “Atarah” (“crown”) or neckband. The blessing embroidered for the putting on of “tzit-tzit”.
1. Wrap them selves in it.
2. Old men would cover their heads with it as they prayed.
3. Sway and chant “Shama Israel adonai, elahhenu adonai ehhaad”
“Hear oh Isreal the Lord out God is one God”
4. In some cases they even sleep with it.
5. Estimated: more than 47 references to the Tallit (prayer shawl) in NT alone
6. Other words to refer to the garment
ii. Prayer Shawl
vii. Tent: Tallitot in Hebrew: “Little Tent”
• Apostle Paul was a tentmaker, may shed a whole new light on what his vocation was.
• Tremendous business because they can’t pray without them.
• Wasn’t building places for them to dwell overnight, but something that everyone needed.
BUT – PURPOSE:
1. The entire purpose of the Prayer Shawl is to display the Tzit-Tzit.
(Woman)[Greek: kraspedon=tassel; Hebrew equivalent=tzit-tzit]
• Wings- Is. 40:31 “Mount up on wings as eagles.”
• 8 Strings (double twined, 16 cords), 1 blue
2. Handle the Tzit-tzits and move their fingers over the knots tied in the Tzitzzis.
Jesus, an observant Jew:
1. “I came to fulfill the law, not destroy it”
2. To be accepted by religious hierarchy he would have to keep the law.
From Filatries, Mizooza, Tallis, Tzitzis.
1. Tied in a unique pattern (16 strings, knots) that represented the person’s individual authority, identity, position. HIS VERY NAME!
2. Cut and pressed into wet clay as a seal to serve as a binding signature on contracts.
3. Represented the commandments of God, Name of God, and Authority of God.
EXAMPLES of Prayer Shawls:
1. I Samuel 24:2-4 we find Saul running after David to kill him. David crept into the cave where Saul slept, and he cut off the SKIRT of Saul’s robe, he really cut off the tassels of his cloak.
i. When he woke up he said in 24:20“I know that you shall surely be king and my kingdom will be delivered into your hands and you shall rule over Israel.”
ii. WHY? His name, authority, was cut off.
Later we find Saul consulting psychics,
being defeated by the Philistines,
and killing himself with his own sword.
2. Elijah. People would come to the caves where he dwelt, even today to visit because they realized the power he possessed.
i. I Kings 19:19 Elijah threw his mantel over Elisha when he called him to be his successor.
ii. Hebrew word: Edoret
i. Garment meant Glory and Honor.
ii. Particular g. made of camels hair.
1. One of the curtains of the tabernacle was made of goat’s hair, we would call it cashmere in our day. This must have been a magnificent piece. Valuable, beautiful.
2. Because of this it is speculated that the Tallit was passed down through the generations, preserved by the priesthood like they kept the law, tables, candlesticks.
3. OIL drips to the tassels (highest concentration)
4. Oil passed down from generation to generation.
5. WE HAVE THE ANOINTING IN OUR GARMENT
Is. 61:3 “…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise, for the spirit of heaviness.”
iii. Eventually owned by Zacharius, the father of John the Baptist.
iv. He came out of the wilderness with Camel’s hair, and it was prophesied that he would come in the power and the spirit of Elijah…. Why? Because he had his mantel.
v. The anointing was passed down! The power in the wings!
1. Text: Woman with Issue of Blood
i. Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings [Hebrew: kanaf]; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
ii. kanaf = the wing of a bird (or of an army), a flap on a garment.
2. Get a hold of the name of God (by any means)
3. Made available his name.
Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name, for if a rose were by any other name, would it not smell as sweet?” My answer to you tonight is NO, it would NOT smell as sweet!
Because THIS is what we find in HIS name:
Gen. 22:14 Jehova-Jirah The LORD my provider.
Ex. 15:26 -Rapha that heals.
Ex. 31:13 -m’kaddesh that sanctifies.
Ex. 17:15 -Nissi our banner (victory).
Jgs. 6:24 -shalom our peace.
I Sam. 1:3 -saboath of hosts (almighty).
Ps. 7:17 -elyon most high.
Ps. 23:1 -raah my shephard.
Ps. 95:6 -hoseenu our maker.
Jer. 23:6 -tsidkenu our righteousness.
Ezk. 48:35 -shammah is present.
Col. 2:9 “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”
IN WHO? JESUS!
He is also called the:
Rock HOLY ONE Lord of Glory ALPHA-OMEGA
FIRST-LAST Author and Finisher of our faith WORD
Living Water JUST ONE Redeemer
SAVIOR Sacrificial lamb HEAD CORNERSTONE
Bright and morning Star (first there at night) FAITHFUL Love
Acts 4:10 “Neither is there salvation in any other, for the is none other name given among men, whereby we must be saved”
Who is this man? WHAT’S HIS NAME?????????
At rebirth (John 3) a name is taken.
Ephesians 3:27-28 as many as are baptized into Christ, have put on Christ, and are made heirs to Abraham’s promise.
As the bride of Christ – take on the name (even in Betrothals)
OUR NAME IS BETTER THAN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
No matter what your……You have a new name.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Mark 16:16-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
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Jews were commanded in the book of Leviticus to wear a four fringed garment. When you look at it, you shall remember my law and remember me. Did you ever tie a string around your finger to remember something Well, God said, Tie a string around your garment and when you look at it, you can remember me. Now, since Jews were supposed to remember God’s Law with the fringes, they are tied in a certain way. There were 5 books of Moses, and so the fringe has 5 knots. So, that reminds us of God’s Law. God’s Name in Hebrew is a word that Jews never pronounce: Y H W H (Yahweh). God’s name has 4 letters. Since the fringe has 5 knots, there are 4 spaces between them. Consequently, when a Jew looks at the fringe, he remembers God’s Law and God’s Name. That is the Jewish significance of the fringe. Here is the Christian meaning. We recall the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years. She approached Jesus. Many translations say that she touched the hem. of his garment. That is a bad translation. Rather, she touched the fringes of his garment and thereby she was touching God’s Word and God’s Name. God’s Law and God’s Name is what the fringe symbolizes. Not the hem of a skirt. The fringe symbolizes Jesus himself: the Word and the Name. This beautiful prayer shawl will be an inspirational tool in the development of your prayer life. It comes with the explanation above, which will make it even more of a spiritual gift for one of your friends or loved ones. The prayer shawl measures 22 inches wide by 6 feet in length and includes colorful decorative cloth carrying case.
Yeshua fulfilled the Prophet Malachi’s
awesome Prophecy of the Tzit-Tzithttp://bibleprobe.com/jewsforjesus.htm
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings,” Malachi 4:2
According to Jewish sages and tradition, this Sun of Righteousness referred to in Malachi’s prophecy was understood to be the Messiah, who would have the power to heal who ever touched the tzit-tzit (fringes) on his garment.
Picture above of a Tallit with tzit-tzit at the bottom;
such as Yeshua/Jesus would have worn
In Yeshua’s day, Jewish men wore a simple tunic both at home and at work. When appearing in public, they would cover their tunic with a large rectangular cloth which draped over the shoulder and fell to the ankles. This cloth was called a tallit and served as protection from cold and rain. Hanging from the end of each of its four corners (wings) was a tzitzit in obedience to the biblical command. The hem of this garment is actually made with fringes, or tassels (called tzitziyot, in Hebrew). These were required to be on the four corners of all clothing of Jewish men, in accordance with God’s instruction. These tassels were to remind each Jewish man of his responsibility to fulfill God’s commandments in Deuteronomy 22 :12 and Num.15:37-40. In fact, these tassels are tied into 613 knots to constantly remind Jewish men of the 613 laws of Moses, of which there are 365 prohibitions (The “thou shalt not” laws), and 248 affirmations (the “thou shall” laws). The knots also correspond with the ineffable name of God, the unspoken yod-hey-vav-hey, Yahweh.
The fulfillment of this prophecy by Yeshua:
One of the best known miracles of healing that Yeshua performed was the occasion when a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the hem of his garment. Both Matthew and Mark tell us about this incident below. Mark further tells us, that wherever the Lord went whomever merely touched the border of his garment “were made whole”.
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: 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 from that hour.
She was expressing her faith in Yeshua as the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings.
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
You’re entitled to your own understandings of Jewish traditions, including the tzitzit commandment.
I’ve got one request though. Whatever you do, if you decide to sell tzitzit to Jews (excluding Messianics, that is), please offer only merchandise made in Israel that’s certafied as Jewish made, not anything made or tied by adherents of Messianic movements, since about 80% are unquestionably gentile.
The Torah (Khumash) itself explicitly directs we Jews that we should be making the tzitzit *for ourselves*:
~ â€œSpeak to the children of Yisraâ€™el, and you shall say to *them* to make tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue cord in the tzitzit of the corners” (BeMidbar/Num 15:38 )
~ “*You* shall make *for yourself* tassels on the four corners of your cloak with which you cover. ”
As evidenced by these Toraic passages, tzitzit made or tied by gentiles is invalid for Jews to fulfill the miswa.
Thank you so much for your comments on this… they are very much appreciated. First let me say that this article and research was contributed by someone else, so I don’t want to take credit for it. I do, however, find much of it fascinating… especially from the perspective of a Christian. Outside of the parallels being made in Christianity, do you (being a Jew) find the factual information to be accurate? This is not argumentative, I’m simply wanting to glean some understanding.
I am definitely intrigued by the scripture you posted regarding “making for yourselves”. In the Christian paradigm, understanding that truly redeemed gentiles are partakers of the covenant through spiritual circumcision and heirs to eternal life along with the Jews, I see great significance in this.
Again, thanks so much for your feedback. Please feel free to comment more!