A Mark of Remembrance

Wendy Blight

Day: 15 | Plan: Numbers

Today's Reading: Numbers 15

Numbers 15:39-40 (NIV) “You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.”

Every morning it lay before me on the windowsill. A simple white stone. A precious mark of remembrance of one of my favorite names of God, God our Rock. A reminder that He is my strength and on His Word alone I stand.

In ancient Israel, men wore tassels tied to the four corners of their outer tunic. (Numbers 15:38) God, in His great wisdom, chose this tassel, tzitzit, to be a mark of remembrance for His people.

Why did God choose this symbol? The first generation Israelites had disobeyed God’s commands and forfeited His blessings. And God knew because of the culture in which the next generation lived, they too would be tempted. God required the tassel as part of the tunic to remind the Israelites of God’s covenant commands … a visible symbol to turn their hearts back toward Him rather than chase after the lusts and leadings of their own hearts.

Why the blue color? It represented holiness, an all-familiar concept to the Israelites. Throughout Leviticus, God continually pointed His people to His holiness and called them to holiness. In Leviticus 11:45, God said, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” Here in Numbers 15:40, God again called them to holiness. To refrain from all iniquity, idolatry and impurity. The blue cord on the tassel marked them as God’s chosen people. A holy people, set apart by Him and for Him.

For God’s people today, for you and me, we still have marks of remembrance, like the cross, the bread and the wine. But they’re not mandated by God. They are precious reminders. Reminders of Jesus. The One who redeemed us, not from slavery in Egypt, but from eternal separation from God. From hell itself.

We also have the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit through which He has inscribed His Word on our hearts. The Word lives and breathes in us and by His Spirit He empowers us to obey it. (Hebrews 8:10)

I’m still thankful for my rock. Though not mandated by God, it serves as a beautiful mark of remembrance … of God’s name, His strength and His truths and promises inscribed on my heart.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for marks of remembrance. For the symbols that remind me of Your goodness, faithfulness and holiness. Keep the cross and Your Word ever before me and make my heart grateful and tender for the gift of both. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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