A Tallit for Your Life

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"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. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished." - Matthew 5:17-18
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"So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God." - Numbers 15:40-41

Are you familiar with what a tallit is? A Tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl, a shawl to be worn as an object to remind oneself that our hearts, minds, and souls need to be on God, and not on ourselves. Each tallit has on each corner, four strands that are folded in half to make eight. One of the strings should be longer than the others. This is dubbed the Shamash and is used for winding. The strings or fringes are known as a tzitzit. Think of the fringes as a string you wrap around your finger to remind yourself of something. (Numbers 15:37-41)

What do we need to remind ourselves of?

“So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” (Numbers 15:40-41, ESV)

Has God brought you out of your Egypt? Has God not freed you from the chains and binds of slavery from your sin? How did something as wonderful as reminding ourselves to worship, praise, and thank God, seem to get lost over time?

Am I suggesting we all start wearing tallits . . . no! What I am suggesting, is we need something to remind us throughout our days that God deserves our thoughts, our praise, our prayers and our love. On Sunday I gave you a resource to focus you back on the Lord. Each day there is the reminder to pray, praise God, fast, worship, give, be in the Word, do outreach/missions, share your witness, and evangelize. A couple of weeks before that you received a booklet to use throughout this sermon series. These are tallits, helping us to focus on God. Maybe you even have your own "tallit" resource.

The tallit is just a shawl, without God working through it, it is just a piece of fabric. The 40-day calendar and booklet are just pieces of paper, but, when you are moved to invest some time with the Lord, He moves through those pieces of paper and can change lives. You and I are just a shell of flesh, without God working in us, we are just dust. I pray today that you find a tallit in your life, that you find what you need to remind you that God is your Lord, your God.

Thank Him, Praise Him, Worship Him, not just right now, not just for morning or evening or meal prayer. Do these in honor of Him all day.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)

Prayer: 
God in Heaven, I am so quick to forget the great things You have done for me. I want to be someone whose mouth is full of praise for You. Teach me to honor You as I should, in word and deed. Teach me to be transformed in You. Amen.
Date: 
Oct 25 2018