Did The Messiah Break The Law?

On January 9, 2013, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

First we must define sin ...
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Hebrews 4:15
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Therefore he (The Messiah) could not have broken the law because that would have been sin. If this is the case, then what did he break?

By the time of Yahusha The Messiah, the man-made laws and traditions were viewed nearly on the same level as Alahiym's actual Law - and it was for this that Yahusha rebuked them for worshipping Alahiym according to their own traditions:

Mark 7:1-9
"Now when the Pharisees gathered together to Him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of His disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze. And the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?" And He said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' You leave the Commandment of Alahiym, and hold fast the tradition of men." And He said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the Commandment of Alahiym, in order to keep your tradition!"

Matthew 15:9
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Ephesians 4:14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Colossians 2:22
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Romans 2:12
For as many as have sinned without law (saying there is no law because it has been done away with) shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

Is it important that we keep the law today?

Matthew 5:17-20
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Let's define "Iniquity" ....

Matthew 7:23
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (lawlessness).

Matthew 13:41
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity (lawlessness)

Matthew 23:28
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (lawlessness)

Matthew 24:12
And because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Romans 4:7
Blessed are they whose iniquities (lawlessness) are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Romans 6:19
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity (lawlessness) unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness (lawlessness)? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity (lawlessness) doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Titus 2:14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity (lawlessness), and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Hebrews 1:9
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity (lawlessness); therefore Alalhiym, even thy Alahiym, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Hebrews 8:12
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities (lawlessness) will I remember no more

Hebrews10:17
And their sins and iniquities (lawlessness) will I remember no more

Isaiah 59:1-2
Behold, YAH’s hand is not shortened,That it cannot save;Nor His ear heavy,That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities (lawlessness) have separated you from your Alahiym; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

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Should We Wear Tassels (Tsit -Sith)?

On January 2, 2013, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Our Master Yahusha said:
Matthew 5:17-18 (NKJV) "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Numbers 15:37 (NKJV) Again YAH spoke to Moses, saying, 38 "Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels (Tsit-Sath) on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. 39 "And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of YAH and do them, and that you [may] not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 "and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your Elohim (Alahiym).

According to YAH's word, the purpose for the tassel (Hebrew #6734 "Tsitsit" or "Tsit Sath) is for us to look upon it and remember all of YAH's commandments and do them. This is the primary purpose of the tassels.

What is a tassel?

According to the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew lexicon it is:

06734 tsiytsith {tsee-tseeth'} from 06731; TWOT - 1912; n f AV - fringe 3, lock 1; 4 1) fringe, tassel, lock

In another scripture which tells us to wear the tassels, it indicates that 4 tassels should be worn:

Deuteronomy 22:12 (NKJV) "You shall make tassels on the four corners of the clothing with which you cover [yourself]. This would mean no tassels should be hanging from belts or belt loops!.

Numbers 15:38 "Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels (Tsit-Sath) on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners.

Is the blue really blue?

Amehyst is purple in color.

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Do we still need reminders?

Many would like to say that we need not wear the tassels any longer since we have the Holy Spirit to remind us of His commandments. Their reasoning comes from this scripture:

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

While it is true that the Holy Spirit can remind us of YAH's commandments, and that the new covenant states that YAH's commandments are written on our hearts, it is also true that one of YAH's commandments is to wear tassels! The truth is that even the apostles wrote to the brethren for the purpose of reminding them of various commandments and principles in the word. Paul charges Timothy to remind others:

Titus 3:1-2 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

He charged Timothy to remind others also:

2 Timothy 2:13-14 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 14 Remind them of these things, charging them before YAH not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.

And Kepha/Peter considers it negligence if he did not remind YAH's people:

2 Peter 1:10-15 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Master and Savior Yahusha Messiah.12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Master Yahusha Messiah showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.

Who among us would rebuke the apostles for reminding others? In reality, the scriptures are full of precepts that have the purpose of bringing the things of YAH to our remembrance. Even Yahusha said:

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

How could we ever forget Yahusha if we have the Holy Spirit? Yet, we are expected to partake of Him as an act of remembrance. Would any among us say that we need not do what He said because we now have the Holy Spirit to remind us of Him? We are clearly to do this act to remember Yahusha the Messiah, who is the "word made flesh". If He is the "word made flesh" and we are expected to keep this precept to remember Yahusha (who IS the Word), why would we reject any other commandment given for the purpose of remembering YAH's word?

So the presence of YAH's Spirit in our life does not negate the commandments to wear the tassels. Besides, if YAH says to wear them, why do we feel the need to go about finding reasons why we don't need to do it? It could be that YAH has other reasons as well. YAH didn't give all the reasons why He didn't want Eve to partake of the fruit, He just instructed Adam and Eve not to eat it. Prompted by the serpent, Eve reasoned within herself as to why YAH said she shouldn't eat it and decided to go ahead and disobey YAH. Elohim clearly has said. We just need to obey Him.

Yahusha wore tassels

If there is any question as to whether or not we should keep this commandment, we need only to look to the perfect example: Yahusha the Messiah. We know that He had the fullness of YAH's Spirit and if there were anyone who could claim to have no need of a reminder, it would be Him. So did He wear tassels? You may recall the time when the woman with the flow of blood was healed by touching the "hem" of Yahusha's garment:

Luke 8:43-44 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

Matthew 9:20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.

The same Greek word is used to translate "border" and "hem" in the above scriptures. It is word #2899 in the Strong's concordance:

The Barkley-Newman Greek Dictionary has:

kraspedon, ou n fringe, edge; tassel

The Friberg Greek Lexicon has:

kraspedon ou to (1) as the outer limit of someth.; of a garment hem, border, edge; (2) in Jewish usage, the tassel or fringe on the four corners of the outer garment, worn as a reminder to observe the commandments (cf. NU 15.38ff; DT 22.12).

The DuTillet, which is a 450 year old Hebrew manuscript of the book of Matthew contains "Tzitzi" (tassel) in this passage as well as other verses we will examine. The woman with the flow of blood was healed by touching the "tassel" of his garment. So not only did Yahusha wear the tassels, but YAH used them to bring healing! This indicates that wearing tassels may have some type of spiritual significance in addition to reminding us to keep His commandments. We can always trust that YAH knows what He is doing and we need not question the wisdom of anything He commands.

Here is another scripture which also shows Yahusha wore the tassels:

Matthew 14:34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem (tassel, #2899) of His garment. And as many as touched [it] were made perfectly well.

Mark 6:56 Wherever He entered into villages, cities, or in the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem (tassel, #2899) of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.

So we can again see that YAH used the tassels that Yahusha wore in a powerful way. People were begging to touch the tassel of His garment so that they also could receive healing. We can be sure that Yahusha had the fullness of YAH's Spirit. Yahusha is the example of what a Spirit-filled person should do with this commandment to wear the tassels: Keep it!

1John 2:5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Elohim (Alahiym) is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

We must walk as Yahusha walked and when we walk as He walked, it shows that we are in Him. If Yahusha wore the tassels and we walk as He walked, then surely YAH can use our tassels in a mighty way also. Imagine if all of YAH's people would keep the commandment to wear the tassels. We would be able to recognize one another instantly.

Should a woman wear tassels?

I see no evidence that the commandment was gender specific. The command in Numbers 15:38 was for "B'nay Yisrael" (commonly translated "children of Israel or sons of Israel") which is the same phrase that prefixed many other commands such as:

The commands against unclean meats:

Leviticus 11:2 (NKJV) "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth:

The commands against incest:

Leviticus 18:2 (NKJV) "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'I am YAH your Elohim (Alahiym)...

Surely a woman was not permitted to have a pork roast or commit incest. Thus I see no scripture indicating that a woman need not wear the tassels. It seems to me that just as men could use a reminder to keep YAH's commandments, women could also.

Be neither prideful or ashamed

Matthew 23:5 (NKJV) "But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders (tassels, #2899) of their garments."

In the days of Yahusha, the quality of your tassel apparently indicated your social rank. But this is certainly not the case today. In fact, you might even receive ridicule for wearing them. But we must not be ashamed of doing the things that Yahusha did. Yahusha said:

Luke 9:26 (NKJV) "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His [own] glory, and [in] [His] Father's, and of the holy angels.

Therefore do not be ashamed of doing the things He did. Rather, let it be a sign that you have chosen to let Yahusha live in you. For He desires to do His righteous works in every one of us.

Men & women in this day and age have no shortage of excuses as to why we need not obey His commandments. We need to make a stand and declare the high calling of living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of YAH. Remember the words of YAH in the book of Malachi, "I YAH, change not".

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