In Hebrew each letter does not only form part of the Alphabet but it also has a numerical value. Each Hebrew word therefore has a numerical value.
The numerical value of a Hebrew word is almost as important as the meaning of the word itself.
The study of the numerical value of Hebrew words is called: Gematria. The numerical value or the Gematria of the word Tzitzith. is 600 and if you add the 5 double knots and the 8 cords or strings which make up the Talis or Tzitzith the sum total is 613. 600+5+8=613.
What is the significance of 613 – 613 is the number of laws and commandments found in the Torah – the first five Books of our Bible –
The Books of Moses ! The total number of laws and commandments that Israel was required to keep and remember !
The Talis is made up of 8 cords with 5 double knots and between the knots we have what is called the WINDINGS – 4 in total.
In Biblical Times these winding were done with the blue cord.
The first windings consisted of 7 windings
The second winding consisted of 8 windings
The third winding consisted of 11 windings
The forth winding consisted of 13 windings.
7+8+11+13 These numbers are of great significance.
The Name of YHWH in Hebrew is represented in our Bible by the letters:
YHWH – the numerical value or gematria is 10+5+6+5 = 26 (2+6=8)
The first two letters make up the first part of the name of YHWH
YAH in our Bibles – Gematria 10+5 = 15
The first two windings are 7+8 =15
The last two letters that make up the Name of YHWH
WH – Gematria of 6+5 =11
The Third winding is 11
Thus the first three windings remind us of the Name of YHWH !
The forth winding with 13 windings – What is its significance ? The word ONE has a gematria or numerical value of 13 !
The Tzzitzit with its windings has a message:
The Name of YHWH is ONE !
The Windings have still further deeper meaning :
First Winding – 7
The 7 Blessings bestowed on Abraham in Genesis 12: 2-3. The 7 Feasts to be kept in Leviticus 23.
In the Book of Revelation – the 7 Churches -the 7 Crowns – the 7 Trumpets, etc. Second Winding – 8
On the 8th Day after birth circumcision was to take place. But 8 is the Number of the Messiah, Yahushua.
The Messiah was to be of the seed of David.
David was the 8th Son of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10-11)
But, I have something very important to share with you – Remember the Tzitzit is made up of 8 cords. The Prayer Shawl has 4 corners = 8 X 4=32.
What is important about the number 32?
32 is the numerical value or gematria of the word Heart ! At the very heart of the Tzitzit is the Messiah !
Third Winding – 11
Of the 12 Disciples of Yahushua only 11 remained faithful – Are you among the faithful ?
Forth Winding -13
The Numerical value for the Word ONE !
The Name of Yahweh is ONE !
Although the Mantle or Prayer Shawl can be made of any material it is normally made of Wool and was weaved from top to bottom without a seam or joining – in one piece !
And now I want to remind you of something:
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Yahushua, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.
These things therefore the soldiers did.
The Coat without seam was surely the Prayer Mantle – Tallit of Yahushua !
The Tallit reminds us of the Name of YHWH and HIS law ! It reminds us of the Promises of YHWH !
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am Elohim that healeth thee.
Read with me:
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. A prophecy that points to the Messiah – Yahushua !
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Shadow of HIS wings – The small Tent of YHWH – The corners – the Tzitzit is a symbol of the wings of YHWH !
For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
She touched the Hem of HIS garment – HIS Tzitzit – and she was healed !
Remember the windings = remember how many ?
7+8+11+13 add them up = a total of 39 windings !
Yahushua received 39 lashes of the cruel Roman whip !
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The Prayer Mantle with its Tallit – is a Testimony that YHWH is able to heal all who look to HIM ! The promises of YHWH are sure !