Of God’s Commands and Blue Tassels

Numbers 15:38-40
“Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue. It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot. So that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.”

In this passage, the Israelite people were told to make blue tassels on the corners of their garments to remember God’s commandments and not to follow their own hearts and eyes.

As I have been reading through the book of Numbers, I have seen that many times the children of Israel went astray and followed after false gods. God called them a rebellious people because time and time again, they were not faithful to Him or obedient to His commands.

It seems that many people these days are the same way. They don’t care very much about God’s commandments and they would rather do things their own way. The culture tells us to follow our hearts and do whatever we feel like doing. Young people in the public schools are being taught that there is no God and thus there are no moral absolutes by which we should live.

Let me give you a few examples of God’s commandments that are broken often because we don’t think about them enough:

God said that we should not take His name in vain (Exodus 20:7). How often do christian young people blatantly ignore that important command?

God said to honor your father and your mother (Deuteronomy 5:16). How often do we forget to honor our parents because we don’t feel like it?

God said through the apostle Paul that we should fight the good fight keeping faith and a good conscience (1 Timothy 1:18-19). How often do we say or do things we know are wrong, just because we don’t feel like making the effort to fight the good fight and do what’s right.

God commands us not to complain (James 5:9). That’s a hard one. I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve heard someone complain and make others think negative things when they could have found something to be thankful about (I’m guilty of this too).

God also tells us to confess our sins to one another and pray for each other (James 5:16). That definitely doesn’t happen enough. If it did, think of how much closer our relationships would be with our family members and friends.

It is difficult to remember and obey God’s commandments but it is something that we should strive to do as Christians. Instead of following our hearts and making our own rules, let’s follow God’s heart and do what He wants us to do because He is obviously so much wiser than we are.

In Psalm 119:97, King David says “O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

The Israelites put blue tassels on their garments to remind them of God’s commands. Maybe we need blue tassels too. You can make one and hang it up someplace where you’ll see it often.

But the main point of this article is just to get you to think about God and His commands more and not to get too caught up in the goings on of this world that you forget the real purpose you’re here, to glorify God.

Let me know in the comments section if you have any ideas on how we can remember God’s commands better and glorify Him.



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