As I write this I am in the mist of tying a new set of Tzitzi. Many of you know what I am talking about.
Numbers 15:38 and 39. “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel.You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of Yahweh, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes."
The blue cord in the tzitzi is also know as a representative of Messiah Yeshua. He is that which give the rest of the Tzitzi value and sets it apart. Much like when Yeshua went into the garden to pray. He took with him three, Peter, James, and John. The same way we add three white threads to the group. As I was pulling the three white ones from the twelve. (Like the twelve disciples); the blue one touched the ground. I inadvertently stepped on it.
My mind raced into the story of how Yeshua was bruise for us and killed. But then he rose again.
I picked up the Blue one and put it with the other three to be tied. Once the first two knots are tied, then comes the separating of the blue from the rest. I didn't have the blue thread up enough and had to a just it, much in the way I had to adjust my understanding of who Messiah Yeshua was. Now I am ready to separate the blue from the rest.
Whatever style you tie you Tzitzi doesn't matter. Torah just says to do it. I prefer to do it in Y H V H, which comes out to 10, 5, 6, 5.
As I do the knots the color from the blue thread gets on my hands. I think of Messiah's blood that is my fault as much as any man or woman born, that caused him to have to die. His blood that washes me a new, then remission of sin happens. His blood that cleanses my guilt and then heals me!
The Tzitzi also reminds me of a Cat of Nine tales (a whip), that Yeshua took for my healing, his blood also poured out then. By his strips I am healed.
"But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed." I Peter 2:24
As I constantly check to make sure the ties are done right, I am reminded of accountability. "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16 This isn't talking about saying how bad you are, so much as sharing things that you are week in. We have to be honest in what we are. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Mesisha may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9
"Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14 From this we see that we are doing this if we don't fellowship with one another; because we will fellowship with someone. The other treads be come Tzadik (righteous) when they are put with the T'khayleht (blue). They are tied and made into something that will help me remember the covenant and do Right.
As I do the blue ties by themselves I will at time have the blue over lap and I have to fix it to be able to tell it from the others. This is again much like I must be sure and check to make my understanding of Messiah Yeshua is correct.
John 1:1-4 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.The same was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
Messiah is the word; The Torah and that is why he couldn't change Torah in anyway!
I am not on the second one in a the set of 4. Like the four corners of the compass, The way we wave the Lulav in 4 direction, then we do it above and below. We acknowledge he is supreme in all directions. The same way Yahweh will call all of Israel from the 4 corners of the earth.
Who knows what wearing your Tzitzi will do, in the physical world and the spiritual world. It might the very thing that reaches someone's soul and into their spirit. It is the same as when we blow the shofar and then declare all of Israel to repent and return to observance. There are spiritual ramifications to all we do.
I am now tying the last one, and as I put each one on my garment, I say the blessing!
It is always a struggle to get all 4 tied, but then again so is growth hard to come by. Still it does work into you and changes you and the is beauty from pain. As Yeshua's broken body did a beautiful work. There is joy in seeing them finished, much a mother during labor, seeing the new baby lessen the pain that happen to birth forth the child!
I tie my own because that is part of the journey in Torah for me!
Yah's Blessing and Shalom!
James E. Auel