Most everyone focuses on the commandment in Numbers 15:37-40 as a way of reminding themselves and others of the commandments, or mitzvot of our God.
Certainly, this is central, but lately Abba has placed His grace on me in another way as He reveals a secondary aspect of blessing from simple obedience. What blessings? Let me share!!
My story very quickly… While my family and I rejected christmas and easter about three years ago because we could no longer stomach the pagan syncretism, and took up the Feasts of Yahweh as scripture teaches with much blessing, it was not until around June of 2012 that He began to deal with me in other areas of simple obedience and the freedom that comes with it. We picked up Sabbath and kosher, but tassels? C’mon!! I’m a combat vet, Airborne Ranger, (insert Neanderthal jokes here…) wannabe tough guy.
Anyway, someone at the little fellowship we joined gave me a mini tallit (since I spend most days in a suit and tie) and I began wearing it to weekly Shabbat, but not other times. I did not feel convicted on this particular commandment. One Wednesday morning about a month later, I got up and dressed for work. As I was headed for the door I heard, not quite audibly, “go put on the tallit.”
“But, Lord, what will they think?”
“Go put on the tallit!”
“Seriously? I mean, that is not a major command, is it?”
“Go put on the tallit!” I was shaken to the point that I was more afraid of walking out the door without it than I was of what others would think. It was time to obey this commandment.
Only once since then have I mistakenly left my property without my tallit and I felt naked the whole time. I could not wait to get back home!! That was about four months ago.
With that background, here is the way Abba has been honoring and blessing me in this walk in the last month.
Certainly, I have fielded way more questions in the last five months about what I believe and why as a result of wearing tallis. In fact, I have had the opportunity to witness to my faith and my Messiah more times than I think I had in the previous five or eight years. Curiosity really opens doors.
Those aren’t what I am referring to, though no doubt, they are blessings.
Twice in the last month I have met total strangers, pastors in both circumstances, who recognized my tallis and stopped me to relate their own walk as Abba has led them to begin keeping the Feasts of Yahweh, change their diet and observe weekly Shabbat. What a blessings! And, if I had not been obedient to wear the tallis, we would have been ships passing in the night with no recognition beyond our shared calling to ministry.
That’s when it hit me, Numbers 15:40 says that one of the purposes is to ‘be kadosh (set apart/holy) to your God.’ BINGO!! When I thought I’d be different because I was wearing them, I didn’t understand I am supposed to look different! This is just one outward sign of an inward sanctification. Just as importantly, the tallis functions as a sign that brings together those of like mind, like the ‘fish’ sign in the first century.
Besides encouraging these brothers, I was encouraged as a result of them recognizing and seeking me out based on one of the signs we are given in scripture. Blessings follow obedience.
If you are coming into this walk on the ancient paths and are not yet ready to wear tzitzits, be encouraged. Pray about it and let Abba lead. Just know, when you do, He WILL show you additional blessings and favor, even if you do get a few snide remarks or odd looks!!
Aside: I borrowed the pic above from Hands of Valor. They have beautiful, very reasonably priced, handcrafted tallits that meet the commandment … a thread of blue. Aside from that, like my personally made mini-tallits, they enjoy the broad range of colors our Creator made for us!! Check them out!