Numbers 15 – Rules & Religion OR Relationship?

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.

this was also referenced in Deut 22:12 “You must put four tassels on the hem of the cloak with which you cover yourself—on the front, back, and sides”

These tassels (Tzitzit ) are on the four corners of the prayer shawl that is worn over the clothes but also mainly on the undershirt worn close to ones body. The individual tassels would have knots representing the 12 tribes .. modern day accommodations may even include tassles worn from belt loops.. I was a little shocked when I first saw that kind of reformation.. but then again.. that seemed like an accommodation for the people of the world to make religion easier…. at any rate. Ive worn them back in my orthodox Jew days and now I see how ritualistic and dogmatic it was and is. Of course in the old covenant they were obedient and following Gods word. It’s amazing how that is still practised to a T today. People still rushing toward the Torah as it is paraded around the synagogue rushing to touch the scroll with the tassels and then kiss them. Seems weird to me now, but I was a part of that before coming to know the Lord and what He expects of me now. I know I can be a servant without the religion and tradition. I know He loves me no matter what.

As for the unintentional sin part… GUILTY I am! I cannot always control the thoughts that pop into my head and I cannot always control my desire for my first reaction to a situation… I feel guilty for having impure thoughts and I feel guilty for even having them in my head for a fraction of a second, I feel guilty for having feelings of envy or thoughts of revenge but I tell myself I can only control how I actually react and God knows my heart so long as I don’t follow through, It’s a step closer to staying on the straight and narrow… sometimes I will try to dig up a scripture that helps apply to the situation and that calms me and grounds me.

The last point I would like to make is how that person was stoned to death for doing work on the sabbath. there are so many rules in place about the Sabbath and one of the main one is nobody should do any type of work.. that one person was gathering wood… I don’t really know what it was being gathered for maybe it was for cooking or staying warm, for all we know it was a complete unintentional sin that he was killed for it. God used him as an example to show the seriousness of following the laws of the Sabbath. I am so grateful for what Christ did for me on the cross and I won’t have to worry about that.. just for a point of interest: writing on paper, lighting a match, handling money, using a phone.. even just carrying something around in your pocket on the Sabbath is considered to be “work” and of course there are exceptions for pregnant women and all kinds of loopholes have been created by man so they can freely break some of the rules without technically breaking a rule. My favourite example is a “natural boundary“ which means if you were within a natural boundary you can carry some things so people have been known to create a “natural” boundary by planting shrubbery so they can safely carry something from one end of the field to another…oh yeah – you’re not supposed to drive on the Sabbath but then why is it every synagogue parking lot is completely full on friday and saturday?? even exceptions were made for me! I was allowed to carry my medicine with me when I was walking to the synagogue with my Rabbi but the loophole was thst it wasn’t in my pocket per say, but it was tucked under my belt… how was that not manipulating God‘s law?

Again thank you Jesus for your work! I don’t have to worry about things like that and I don’t have to be anxious about things like that. I can just worship you any way, you are my Father God, thank you for your son and thank you for the Holy Spirit.

Amen

3 thoughts on “Numbers 15 – Rules & Religion OR Relationship?

  1. Chapter 15-You’re jumping ahead of the game hahaha

    Just a note of encouragement-Thoughts aren’t sin so you don’t have to feel guilty. It’s what you do with that thought. We are to take every thought captive and discard those thoughts that are from the pit! If we allow ourselves to dwell on a thought that is hateful, jealous, unkind, etc., we’re headed for troubled waters….getting too close to that waterfall of sin and despair.

    The Holy Spirit is teaching me that when I have a jealous thought or a revengeful thought etc., I trip the devil up by praying for that person hahaha. It’s funny! I turn a negative into a positive.

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  2. I guess I do that too in some instances and didn’t realize it that way, I pray for ambulances going by and drug addicts and the homeless beggars I see on the boulevards. Thanks for explaining that to me Judith

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    1. I’ve had the benefit of Mary teaching me for years so it’s nice to be able to share what I’ve learned from her and others.

      I have an “ambulance” ministry too. Whenever I hear a siren, I pray that those experiencing the emergency will cry out to God and be aware of His love and His presence!

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