Religious Garb of the Shadow Dwellers.
IF YAHUSHA WAS TO WALK THE EARTH TODAY, WOULD HE BE WEARING ROBES, TZITTZIT, TEFILLIN, A BIG LONG BEARD?
BROTHERS & SISTERS ARE TZITTZITS FOR TODAY?
For those who don’t know what TzitTzits are (tzitziyoth), see the pictures above. They are threads or tassels, woven usually in white and blue thread (but often varying colors) and worn hanging from the garments of Turah-observing people both in ancient and modern times.
This year at Passover-Time Yahusha impressed upon us that He fulfilled (or shortly will) every type and shadow put forth through the Redemptive Feasts. Infact Yahusha’s behaviour when He walked the earth was a complete revolution and fulfilment of every text and prophesy that has been declared.
So are TzitTzits relevant for today? Remember we must read Scripture in correct context, not just pull out a few random verses. We must also observe whether certain instructions are Everlasting Commandments (to be carried out throughout all time) or whether they are ceremonial (pertaining to the temple and priesthood), or cultural, simply pertaining to the land of Yisharal (instructions for when ‘Joshua’ had led the next generation into the promised land).
There is one place in Scripture where the instructing of making TzitTzith is given: Numbers (Bem) 16:37: “37 And Yahuah spoke to Mushah, saying, 38“Speak to the children of Yisharal, and you shall say to them to make tzitziyoth on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue cord in the tzitzith of the corners. 39“And it shall be to you for a tzitzit, and you shall see it, and shall remember all the commands of Yahuah and shall do them, and not search after your own heart and your own eyes after which you went whoring, 40so that you remember, and shall do all My commands, and be set-apart to your Alahim. 41“I am Yahuah your Alahim, Who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, to be your Alahim. I am Yahuah your Alahim.”
Remember they needed all these signs and practical visuals because they didn’t have the Ruach inside them .. . Is it outward garb that sets us apart, or behaviour??
Now if you read earlier on in Numbers 16 and the chapters before (and I recommend you do) you will discover the grumbling, complaining nation of Yisharal had finally managed to infuriate Yahuah to the point where He had banned them from the Promised Land, to wander in the wilderness for 40 years instead. After all the signs, miracles and great wonders. After all that effort to deliver His people from slavery He didn’t even want to know them because of their selfish, ungrateful, cursing, idolatrous behaviour. Only the next generation were to be allowed access into the land.
Straight after this we are told of the different sorts of offerings the people had to make to cover their sins, whether intentional or accidental (burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings, sin offerings, peace offerings etc etc). All this was to be observed when they entered the land. Then in the same chapter, a man is hauled infront of Mushah after being caught working on the Shabath and he is stoned to death……and then the people were instructed to wear TzitTzits to remember the Covenant. Can you see a flow of context happening here?
THIS WAS A TIME OF SHADOWS, UNFULFILLED PROPHECIES, OF BARBARIC BEHAVIOUR WITHOUT THE INDWELLING OF YAHUSHA’S RUACH TO LEAD AND GUIDE HIS PEOPLE. YAHUAH WAS STILL SPEAKING TO PROPHETS AT THIS POINT AND USING LOTS OF VISUALS AND EXAMPLES TO REMIND HIS PEOPLE TO FOLLOW HIM AND HEAR HIS VOICE.
After Yahusha arrived on the scene and displayed a very different behaviour to what anyone had seen before, He conquered sin and death, fulfilling all the ancient shadows of offerings and blood atonement through His own broken body and shed blood....... No more temples (only human vessels), no more circumcision or tablets of stone for the Commandments to be written on (only immersed hearts), no more priesthood or ministry (only the Ruach), no more temple worship (only obedient behaviour) and no more outward reminders were needed, for the Ruach haQodesh, THE BURNING DOWNPAYMENT OF YAHUSHA’S PRESENCE INSIDE EACH IMMERSED BELIEVER - is constantly reminding us through flogging and chastising, rebuking and disciplining - of our lawless behaviour, until we choose to overcome and start bearing the peaceable fruits of righteousness - behaviour of course!
As for the two mentions of TzitTzits in the ’N.T’:
Matt.9 - we see the woman who pushed through the crowd so that she could just touch the corner of Yahusha’s garments (some believe the word means simply ‘corner’ and some think it was a tassel, either way it seems to be cultural garb to me).
Matt 23 - we hear Yahusha telling off the religious pharisees for making their tefillin bigger (a tefillin is a little box with the commandments in them - strapped to the arm or head) and for making their TzitTzits longer . . . because their outward religious behaviour was making a spectacle of the Living Words given at Sinai and they had put the people in bondage - JUST LIKE TODAY !!! They were wearing the wacky clothes and teaching all sorts of mixtures along with the truth - but not behaving it!!
Tell me, are we to strap boxes on our heads with the Commandments in them, scribble them all over the doorposts of our house, plaster them all over our cars, caravans and clothing? Or does that sound like the RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOUR OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SHADOWS,
who truly don't understand that the fulfilment of every one of those shadows is found at the feet of Yahusha Himself and we are obedient to Him through our behaviour; the way we live, speak, and often the way we shut up and stop putting the attention onto ourself in every conversation - the way we take pause, listen for His voice and be obedient in a situation.
IF YAHUSHA WAS TO WALK THE EARTH TODAY, WOULD HE BE WEARING ROBES, TZITTZIT, TEFILLIN, A BIG LONG BEARD? Would He be hanging around down at the local messianic assembly blowing a shofar and lighting candles?
I now believe that while TzitTzits are a nice reminder of the Eternal Covenant we are living in, they are not part of that actual Covenant and are no way as powerful a reminder to be obedient than the Ruach of Yahusha that resides in the hearts of all those who have been immersed in His only saving Name. Let’s come into the light of correct behaviour and come out of the shadows Brothers and Sisters.
YOUR OBEDIENT BEHAVIOUR IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL AFFECT ANOTHER HUMAN BEING THESE DAYS. . . .
By Mark Davidson
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