…Bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue. Numbers 15:38
If you're not too familiar with Jewish religious practices, you may never have even heard of a blue border/fringe/tassel on the edge of a garment. There is a beautiful command, however, in the law of our God, and it is written for our blessing and benefit. This study will delve into the details of the blue borders, how they relate to us, and some scriptural references for you to show yourself approved unto God.
First things first, let's break down some key words to their more original meanings. When we trace back to original languages, we can better grasp the import of the words in the text. From Numbers 15 verse 38, we have the following words:
Now that we better understand what some of these words mean, let's go forward and study more about the intent of the command.
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: and it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: that ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God. Numbers 15:38–41
The purpose of adding blue borders to one's attire was for the wearer's benefit. Father knew that His sons and daughters would be blessed by an aid in remembrance to His law, which is His main reason for commanding this, as stated in Numbers 15. When we have these on our clothes, which are always upon us, we will have a continual reminder always before us of the blessing of God's law in our lives. A simple visual reminder would help bring our thoughts constantly back to think on godly things and make Deuteronomy 6 verse 7 to come about in our day-to-day lives. Father knows what will grab our attention and draw our thoughts to Him, and this border of blue is His choice for us.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6, 7
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them…that ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be set-apart unto your God. Numbers 15
Such a repetitive urging to remember and forget not the precious law of our Father and His Son cannot be acknowledged indifferently--especially when a way of remembrance has been provided.
Imagine: every time you glance at your clothes, you see a border of blue hedging you up and you think of the law of righteousness in your life. No matter where you go or what you do, you will always have a thoughtful aid to lay up His Words in your heart, steadily bringing your thoughts back to Him. Your Abba's commandments will be remembered in your life constantly and easily, thanks to His measures to lend your mind some help. Who wouldn't be blessed by that, in this ever tempting and distracting world of sin?
Of course, there is no magical guarantee that just by incorporating a blue border into your wardrobe, your mind will not be able to wander from holy things. Only our Father Himself can do that through His Son, and the mental battle to surrender every thought will still require our constant action. Nonetheless, the help this prescribed border of blue gives isn't slight.
Our Messiah and the Borders of His Garments
Without any knowledge of the law of the blue borders in Numbers and Deuteronomy, you may never has noticed anything extraordinary about the hemline of Christ's clothing. I thought I might include some of these references for some additional food for thought.
Didn't This Law Pass Away?
Often, when Father has laws which touch a comfortable part of our lives, it's tempting to want to do away with those laws. Trust me, I speak from experience. But all that aside, just look at the nature of this law for what it really is:
An institution strictly and soley directed to help you as an individual remember the law of God.
That's it! This law has nothing to do with any kind of sacrifice or offering which would have found it's absolute end at the death of Christ. It's a totally personal kind of law commanding you to do something so that your life as a son or daughter of God is benefitted and made more blessed. There is no scriptural reason why this law cannot stand strong today. Which is exactly why it does still stand in place for you to choose to obey.
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. Genesis 9:13–16
I wanted to include this text in the study because it beautifully illustrates how we are created in the image of our Father and His Son, in a way that you wouldn't normally see unless you correlated it with the purpose of the blue borders. Our Father set His bow in the cloud knowing that He would look on it and see it and remember the covenant He established between Him and the earth. Being created in His likeness—with similar visual similarities—we too may remember by looking on the token of His law (blue borders) and the blessing it brings to our lives.
The strength a sister can give to her sister is a true gift. I pray that these posts may be uplifting, inspiring, and motivating. All centered around modesty and biblical femininity in a modern world. Hugs! ❤︎ Erica