Sermon – Tassels and Fringe

This is this past Sunday’s sermon from our chronological study through the Bible.  I compiled this from many sources.  – Scott

Tassels and Fringe

Chronological Study – 03.06.2011

BSMc – Parrish, Alabama

Matthew 14:34-36 – “hem or fringe” of Jesus’ garment.

  • Most likely the fringe or tassel – Numbers 15:38.
  • As clothing styles changed Hebrews designed “Tallits” or Prayer Shawls
  • Other passages on tallits and tassels.
    • During times of deep prayer would cover head completely – Matt 6:6.
    • David cut off the tassel of Saul’s garment – 1 Sam 24.
    • Elijah’s mantle was likely his “tallit”
    • Mal 4:2 prophecies of Jesus.


  • From four threads doubled making eight.
    • Blue in time of Bible / Black now to mark mourning over temple
    • Tied in a series of five knots – Torah (Pentateuch)
    • A constant reminder of connection to God
      • Four corners of garment – no matter which way a man looked.

Reminder of Requirements before God: Num 15:39-40

  • They were required to keep God’s law.
  • Not 10 but 613 laws
    • 365 “thou shalt nots”
    • 248 “thou shalts”

A Reminder for US

  • Law keeping is not salvation, but demonstrates our love – Jn 14:15, 21.
  • A child of God is not sinlessly perfect, but desires and focuses on being righteous and Christlike – 1 Jn 2:3-4; 5:2-3

Reminder of Responsibility before God: Num 15:39

  • They had an obligation to be separate from evil.
    • Keeping commands is external
    • Tassels promoted inward obedience – heart.
    • Possible for them to keep the letter of the law and miss the heart
      • Sermon on the Mount – Matt 5:27-48.

A Reminder for Us.

  • The lord expects His people to live separate lives internally and externally.
  • We need to see all sins as what they are – 1 Jn 3:4
  • Obedience begins on the inside – Mk 7:9-23
  • God desires us to be the real deal in and out.

Reminder of Relationship to God: Num 15:40-41

  • Notice the word, “your”
    • A personal relationship of sorts
    • They needed to remember:
      • Who they were,
      • Whose they were, and
      • What was expected of them.
      • The came to believe they were saved by keeping the Law
        • Tallit: “Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, Who makes us holy with commandments”

A Reminder for Us

  • Salvation is not what you do, but Who you know – 2 Ths 1:7-9.
  • We are holy by the blood of Christ  – Eph 1:7
  • Salvation is a faith-based relationship with God through Jesus the Christ by Grace – Eph 2:8-10.

Reminder of Redemption by God: Num 15:41

  • The tassels reminded them they were God’s special people.
    • Purchased by blood of lambs – Ex 12
    • Redeemed out of bondage to Egypt
    • God led, fed, and blessed them.
    • They were His possession.

A Reminder for Us

  • God through Christ redeemed us – 1 Pet 1:16-19
  • A great price (Agony and Glory of the Cross)
  • We are His special possession – 1 Pet 2:9-10

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