Zekaryah (Zechariah) 8:23: Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: “In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the hem of the garment of him who is of the Yahudim, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.'”
What is so special about the hem of a garment that men would want to cling to it, you may ask? What could have been so special about the hem of Messiah’s garment that could have cured a women from illness? On Hebraic/Hebrew Roots/Messianic and Jewish believers, the hem/corners of hold the greatest “forget-me-not” of all time – the Tzitzit!
Tzitzit/Tzitziyot (pl.) צִיצִת(H6734 – tsē·tsēt’) is a Hebrew word that means “fringe, borders (of a garment), tassel, lock (of hair).” Its significance and usage is best displayed in Numbers 15:37-41 & Deuteronomy 22:12-
Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:37-41:
(37) Yahweh spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(38) Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and bid those who they make them tzitziyot in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the tzitzit of each border a cord of blue:
(39) and it shall be to you for a tzitzit, that you may look on it, and remember all the mitzvot (commands) of Yahweh, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute;
(40) that you may remember and do all my mitzvot, and be set-apart to your Elohim.
(41) I am Yahweh your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt), to be your Elohim: I am Yahweh your Elohim.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 22:12: “You shall make yourself Tzitzit on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself.
As previously mentioned, the tzitzit were like “forget-me-nots,” reminders to the wearer of Yahweh’s commands, loving-kindness & compassion, and redemption from bondage. They were tied, with a cord of blue, in such a way that the twist and knots equaled the number of the commandments (613) or the numeric value of the letters of His Name YHWH (10-5-6-5). The blue cord was traditionally believed to be dyed from the Techelet snail native to the Mediterranean, a snail that when crushed would release a colored dye from small glands located in the shell – it is said that if it is crushed in the morning it is blue, and if its in the evening then it is purple (Please note that it is very questionable that an animal which is considered “scripturally unclean” would be used in anything representing the Father or His Word) . Blue was symbolic of the priesthood, further reinforcing a statement made by Kepha (Peter)-
Kepha א (1st Peter) 2:9-10:
(9) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for Elohim’s own possession, that you may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
(10) who in time past were no people, but now are Elohim’s people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
They are to be worn by both men and women as reminders of the blessings of Yahweh’s loving instructions, and a symbol of obedience to the commands of the Most High. They were even worn by the Messiah, who was of the tribe of Yahudah (Judah) and kept the commands of His Father until the day of His death. We know this because of the Gospel story of the “woman with the issue of blood” –
Mattityahu (Matthew) 9:20-22:
(20) Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the tzitziyotof his garment;
(21) for she said within herself, “If I just touch his garment, I will be made well.”
(22) But Yahushua, turning around and seeing her, said, “Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
Luços (Luke) 8:43-48:
(43) A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any,
(44) came behind him, and touched the tzitzit of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.
(45) Yahushua said, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Kepha and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, ‘Who touched me?’“
(46) But Yahushua said, “Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me.”
(47) When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
(48) He said to her, “Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in shalom.”
By the power of the “Word” and through the woman’s faith, she was forgiven her sin and healed from 12 years of uncleanness. Much like the woman, when we come to truth in the Messiah we are cleansed and are redeemed from the bonds of slavery and sin.
The first of two prophetic scriptures speaking to the importance of the tzitzit was the opener to this study Zechariah 8:23 –
Zekaryah (Zechariah) 8:23:Thus says Yahweh of Hosts: “In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the hem of the garment of him who is of the Yahudim, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.'”
1.) The phrase “in those days” or “in that day” is a prophetic phrase referring the “Day of Judgement” or the “End times.”
2.) “Ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations” symbolic of the “Ten lost tribes of Yisra’el” who were scattered amongst the nations during the Diaspora. They are also known as the “Fullness of the gentiles,” they will consist of the lost tribes and all those who are to be grafted into the commonwealth of a unified House of Yisra’el – The Body/Bride of Messiah.
3.) “they will take hold of the hem of the garment of him who is of the Yehudim, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.'” This line speaks to the reunification of the House of Yisra’el and the House of Yahudah, the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:16-28 –
Yechezq’el (Ezekiel) 37:16-28:
(16) You, son of man, take one stick, and write on it, For Yahudah, and for the children of Yisra’el his companions: then take another stick, and write on it, For Yoseph, the stick of Ephrayim, and for all the house of Yisra’el his companions:
(17) and join them for you one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand.
(18) When the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these?
(19)tell them, Thus says the Master Yahweh: Behold, I will take the stick of Yoseph, which is in the hand of Ephrayim, and the tribes of Yisra’el his companions; and I will put them with it, even with the stick of Yehudah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand.
(20) The sticks whereon you write shall be in your hand before their eyes.
(21) Say to them, Thus says the Master Yahweh: Behold, I will take the children of Yisra’el from among the nations, where they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
(22) and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Yisra’el; and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all;
(23) neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their Elohim.
(24) My servant David shall be king over them (Messiah); and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my ordinances, and observe my statutes, and do them.
(25) They shall dwell in the land that I have given to Ya`aqov my servant, in which your fathers lived; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children’s children, forever: and David my servant shall be their prince for ever.
(26) Moreover I will make a covenant of shalom with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore.
(27) My tent also shall be with them; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
(28) The nations shall know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies Yisra’el, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forevermore.
The second prophetic scripture, which requires a little more work to see its relevance, is in Malachi 4:2 –
Malachi 4:2: But to you who fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings…
1.) “But to you who fear my name” refers to those that righteously “fear” the name of Yahweh (YHWH) and keep His commands, statutes, and ordinances.
2.) ” Shall the sun of righteousness arise” refers to the Messiah and His resurrection from the dead so that the Comforter could come and salvation could be extended to His people.
3.) Here comes the “next level” portion of the study: the word translated as “wings” is the Hebrew word “kanaph“. Kanaph כָּנָף (H3671 – kä·näf’) means “wings“, as discussed in the study “Shelter of His Wings;” but most importantly for the purpose of this study, it also means the “border or corner of a garment.” So as we saw in the story of the “woman with the issue of blood,” Yahushua literally had healing in the border of His garment – which is His TZITZIT. Baruch Ha Shem Yahweh!
The tzitzit were to be worn by all who fear the name of Yahweh, were worn by Yahushua the Messiah, and hold great power and blessings. I challenge you to consider putting on Messiah and putting on Tzitzit at the corner of your garments. It may not be a large thing or even a salvational issue, but I do believe that small steps on the path of righteousness display our obedience, willingness, and desire to serve our Loving Father and His son Yahushua the Messiah. I pray that this study has been enriching and challenging in your spiritual walk of faith.