As an Israelite-Natsari or YAHUwan or Messianic (whichever label you prefer), no doubt there were people we’ve come across wearing tsitsit/tzitzit. These are four (4) tassles or fringes dangling on a person’s clothing, usually placed on their pants, with a blue and white colour.
As a Natsari, should we wear tsitsit? The short answer is, yes, we should as it was commanded in Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40. The long answer, that is our discussion today in this post.
Tzitzit as a Reminder of the Torah
In Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (pronounced as “yah-hu-ah”; transliterated as “YAHUAH”, “YaHuWaH”, or “YHWH”) Himself instructed us to wear tsitsit. Here is the instruction from three different translations.
𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH) was clearly instructing the children of Yisra’el. We have learned that anyone who is a Natsari is a children of Yisra’el. The native born of course, and the foreigners who were grafted-in to the olive tree of Yisra’el are no longer gentiles but partakers of Yisra’el. Men, women, children. The tsitsit or tassles or fringes, are to serve as a reminder to us of all the commands of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH), to do and obey His instructions, and not to follow after our own heart and eyes.
But we already have the Set-apart Ruah (Holy Spirit)
True, there is no question about that. Yahuhanan (John) 14:26 has this to say about the Set-apart Ruah (Holy Spirit).
But think about this. Our Messiah, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (pronunciation: yah-hu-shua; transliteration: Yahushua; also read: Why Yahushua?) continued to wear His very own tsitsit even after He received the Set-apart Ruah!
However, in Mattithyahu (Matthew) 23:5, our Messiah 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua) warned us about doing things to or for show, he made an example of the Pharisees. In other words, if you are going to wear tsitsit for the purpose of broadcasting to the world that you are “holy”, it is much better that you do not wear one.
And if I may add, wearing a tsitsit means that you are constantly reminded of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH)’s Torah and all the teachings of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua). If, for example, you intentionally lie—what is commonly called a white lie—don’t you think that you are condemning yourself?
Even if you do not wear a tsitsit, as some insists that “it has been done away with” despite the verses presented above, do you think the Set-apart Ruah (Holy Spirit) will be pleased and wouldn’t leave you or condemn you of your intentional “white” lies?
Wearing a tsitsit is what we can consider one of the least of commands. However, we were instructed to follow all His commands, from the greatest to the least. In addition, there are no verses to support that we were commanded not to wear a tsitsit anymore. On the contrary, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua) Himself continued to wear His own tsitsit throughout His earthly ministry.
𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua) taught us to follow Him, in His footsteps, to be like Him. If He wore a tsitsit, then we should too! 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua) earthly ministry was not only about saving us. He could have just headed straight and die for us. Instead, He walked on earth and showed us how to live and how to obey our Father 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH).
Be Wise!However, a fair warning. Let us be wise when wearing a tsitsit. If in your work there is a prescribed dress code, for example in a service type of job like in hotels, ask if you can wear a tsitsit, or you can simply put it inside your outer garment, which some brethren do. Or, if you are going to a country where any faith, especially, Abrahamic faiths, are frowned upon or might put you in danger, don't wear a tsitsit publicly.
Our faith is not suicidal. Our faith does not require us to be foolish. But if it is your calling to proclaim His Word and gift of salvation in these places, then go with your calling, if wearing a tsitsit publicly will help in your ministry, why not?
Point being, be wise. It is not about being ashamed of our faith. It is not about lying (the only way you can lie is if they asked you and you were not honest). Each of us were called to do different things and to be in different places. If it was not your task to proclaim His goodness in countries where you might get captured and killed, then don’t. If you are in such a place for work, say you are a member of the press, then do your job as a press.
Think of it this way, if you were captured and tortured, do you think you are ready to stand on your faith to a very slow death? Or are you going to say, “I denounce 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua)”? Remember, we were warned, those who save themselves will lose their lives. Many did just that, they denounced 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤅𐤏 (Yahushua) to save themselves, only to be killed right after they finished their denouncement.
I strongly believe that our Father 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 (YAHUAH/YaHuWaH) won’t let us be in such a life and death situation if we are not ready to stand firmly on our faith with Him. Look at Iyob (Job), Abraham, the apostles, and many of the early Natsarim! (It does not mean if you’re ready you’ll be subjected to such.)
That’s being wise. Stay strong. Stay alive. Stay safe. Keep studying!