The Lord said to Moses, “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. And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.
Numbers 15:37-39 ESV
In ancient days, tassels adorned the garments of nobles and people of high cultural standing.
Those who were wealthy flaunted their abundance.
This was not to be so with God’s people, however. They were to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6), a peculiar people set apart not financially, but in most every facet of living.
In dress, in diet, in conduct, they were called to a posture of worship, not pride. In their clothing they were provided a different adornment, corded in blue, to be a constant reminder of the righteous “commandments of the Lord”.
We are called to live, walk, and breath in constant awareness that there is a magnificent, beautiful Creator revealing himself to his creation, drawing near enough for relationship.
Like God’s people before us, we are reminded “not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes” but to humbly find our identity in the Lord.
For, as said in Proverbs, “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).
As God’s people before us, we are called to constantly remember the Lord, not out of service, but so that we might be reminded of the faithful God who brought his people out from under the hand of oppression in Egypt.
That we might not consider our own appearance, but remember the garments of which a woman on a crowded street would say, “If I can only touch his garment, I will be made well” (Matthew 9:21).
As God brings his commands to your remembrance, understand that they are ultimately for your joy and happiness.
Do you forget that God’s commands were meant for our joy and good as we walk in relationship with him?