Numbers 15: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, … And it shall be unto you…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: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.”
On the THIRD day of my daughter’s exams (Wed., April 14), the Father led me to hike around the Fish Gate where I have a “secret place” of communion with Him. Hosea 6:2, “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
My dreams had awakened me to words like a billboard: “WAKE UP!“
“REDEEM THE TIME!“
The Fish Gate is located at Wildwood Park which was originally a swamp that belonged to a Rev. Wetzel. This Rev. Wetzel had a heart of compassion in redeeming the debts of his parishioners and others, and so the City of Harrisburg came to acquire this land.
In the same spirit of generosity toward fellow man, a local Jewish businessman -“food distribution king” Benjamin Olewine (whose name means “oil and wine”) established a trust for the creation of a nature center in the park and generously donated.
Wildwood Lake Nature Center was renamed Wildwood Lake Sanctuary.
Matthew 6:6 tells us to enter into our “closet” for prayer. When a Jewish man puts on his prayer shawl, he closes himself in and shuts out the world.
It took me a full two months to begin to see the significance and power in the “prayer closet” as represented in the paralytic man carried to Christ by his four friends.
The tallit – “prayer shawl,” is the robe covering the worshipper during prayer.
In Numbers 15:37-40, the Israelites are commanded to put tzitzit (“fringes”) on their garments as reminders of God’s laws. Deuteronomy 22:12 fixes these fringes on the four corners of the garment. In ancient times people wore four-cornered garments and so these tzitzit were attached. The word tallit simply means a covering. The true meaning lies in the tzitzit that were attached to the tallit. The tallit itself has no religious significance.
In time, the Hebrews stopped wearing four-cornered garments so the precept of tzitzit was in danger of being forgotten. To prevent this, devout Jews fashioned a four-cornered garment to which they attached the tzitzit, thus restoring a precept that was in danger of vanishing. This special four-cornered garment was given the name tallit as an analogy of the four-cornered garments worn in ancient times.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”
Strictly speaking, the precept of tzitzit has to be carried out for the whole of the day. But since this is an unusual, uncommon garment, it grew to become limited to only being worn during the time of morning prayers!
Our Heavenly Father’s commands do not change no matter the time, the traditions or the “inconvenience.” Contrary to what looks “normal” to man, He is calling us back to constant communion with Him. Turning back to what is proper is repenting. His ways are higher than our own, His thoughts much higher than ours. Like King David who was a true worshipper of YAHweh, the Father is calling for those who are unashamed to worship Him 24.7.365 in Spirit and in Truth.
Mark 2:1-5, “And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Where are these mighty men, those who are unafraid to worship in Spirit and in Truth? Who are willing to devote themselves to these “four friends” – the prayer without ceasing? Going into the prayer closet wholely devoted to the Father in unselfish love for their friends!