In the natural realm, the tassels serve as a physical reminder of the Holy Spirit in us.
Monday, January 11, 2010
“The Purpose of Tassels” III
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
A. Numbers 15:38 – 4138Speak 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: 39And 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: 40That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.
A. Key Points about the Purpose of the Tassels
The tassels on the hems of the garments of the children of Israel served as a reminder they had consecrated their lives to God.
These tassels were ribbands of blue. The blue was created by the crushing of murex snails found in the Mediterranean Sea.
When crushed, these snails would give off a yellow fluid and the yellow fluid would turn reddish blue or purple in color.
In the natural realm, the tassels serve as physical reminder of the Holy Spirit in us.
These tassels speak of our consecration to the Lord; who we are supposed to be.
B. These Blue Tassels Should Put Us in Remembrance of Certain Important Truths
1. We are pilgrims in a Satan-ruled system.
2. We are a peculiar people (holy, distinctive, living and leading a distinguished life).
3. Blue, a priestly color, reminds us of our position in God – we are children of God and the temple of God.
4. The blue tassels serve as a reminder of the power of God
(We are not limited to flesh issues, to our physical senses. We have the power of God working for us, a power beyond our ability to rationalize. (When we have nothing left but God then we become aware that God is enough)
– I Peter 1:5 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
– Our righteousness, holiness should be a reminder to us that we are upheld, preserved by the power of God.
– The commands of the Lord were to be remembered and our consecration, being set aside for the Master’s use, should remind us of several things; and according to St. Luke 5, God will always recompense you for using you, just as He did with Peter.
1. God’s commands give us comprehension (His Word affect how you think)
– Psalm 19:8 8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
a. When the Word of God becomes your standard, He makes your heart rejoice. In other words, the Word becomes your comprehension.
2. God’s commands give confidence (An allegiance to the Word of God)
– Psalm 119:6 6Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
3. God’s commands are credible (Every Word of God will produce)
– Psalm 119:86 86All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
4. God’s commands give a course or direction for our lives (God has a plan for your life)
– Proverbs 6:23 23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
5. God’s commands confirm our love for Him when we obey
– St. John 14:15 15If ye love me, keep my commandment.
WORD RELEASED OVER THE CONGREGATION
Exodus 11:1-3 1And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. 2Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold. 3And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
a. Even though slaves; they had a grace upon their lives to receive the best of Egypt.
b. After this consecration, we will enter into a season when the people are compelled to bless us because of our faithfulness to God.
c. We are graced with the Lord’s favor because of our obedience.
d. At the end of this consecration, we will enter into a season of debt cancellation.
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