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The Fringes Of His Garment

The Hebrew word pronounced ghed-deel means not merely a folded hem of a garment, but "fringes" (i.e. small knotting along the edge). The LORD instructed the Israelites to "make fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations."

"15:37 And the LORD spake unto Moses [see The Master's Messenger and The Trysting Tent], saying, 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, 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: 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 15:41 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God." (Numbers 15:37-41 KJV)

And who was "the LORD"? It was Jesus Christ (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament').

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea [see Why Through The Sea?]; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)

"That they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole"

Jesus of Nazareth was The Messiah, but His appearance, including His clothing, at His first coming (see Why Two Comings Of The Christ?) was no different than any other Jew of that day (see the Fact Finder question below). Jesus (in Hebrew pronounced Yeshua) wore the same clothing as was the custom of His people, which was generally the same as had been instructed to Moses centuries before, that is, as Christ Himself instructed to Moses centuries before (as plainly proven in the verses above).

Clothing The original word of the Scriptures translated as "hem" in these verses is the Greek word, pronounced cras-ped-on, which referred to small, dignified appendages of twisted wool along the edge of a garment, not merely a folded hem. Christ wore the "fringes" that He declared to Moses.

"9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour." (Matthew 9:20-22 KJV)

People recognized the customary significance of the "fringes" i.e. "That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God" (Numbers 15:40 KJV). The woman described above touched Jesus' "fringes" as an act of repentance and faith in the Law, not merely as an act of touching the man. Many others did the same:

"14:34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. 14:35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; 14:36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole." (Matthew 14:34-36 KJV)

The Pharisees also wore the customary fringes, but they did so merely as a show of self-righteous hypocrisy i.e. "23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments" (Matthew 23:5 KJV). For that, the Messiah declared them not fit to "sit in Moses' seat."

"23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:1-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Jesus of Nazareth look like? Did He look any different than His disciples?
See What Did Jesus Look Like?


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