37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. 39 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. 40 Then you will remember to obey all My commands and will be consecrated to your God. 41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God.’”
When I first read the above verses I thought what a wonderful God that would provide a reminder for individuals to wear to help them remember to obey the commands of the Lord. Then I read a number of commentaries and still had the same thought. Then I read of the stoning of the man who gathered wood on the Sabbath – at God’s direction.
Next I read the following chapter where Korah, Dathan and Abiram along with 250 others rebelled against the authority of Moses and Aaron. God had the earth open and swallow up the three and their families then fire consumed the 250. You might think, glad that is finally over, but you would be wrong as the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. Then the Lord got really upset and before Moses and Aaron successfully interceded 14,700 had died from the plague sent by the Lord.
Now, I thought on the blue cord to go on each tassel as essential. After all, neglecting to obey or actively rebelling against God can clearly have dire consequences. For the Israelites they had direct and lasting evidence of theconsequences right in front of them and in their earthly lives.
Not so much for us we might think, but evidence abounds around us on how following God and choosing to obey Him by accepting the free gift of grace has amazing results in our lives as we are freed from the bondage of sin. We might carry a bible or a cross to remind us of who we are as Christians to help us avoid chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Of course carrying the bible doesn’t help much if we don’t read it and put what says to us into practice. Nor will carrying the cross help if we don’t think much on how Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we might join Him in heaven if we accept His incredible gift of grace.
We have been blessed by God’s wonderful gift of grace, but accepting it requires repentance and following Jesus. Thus we might think on how well we are doing in following Jesus in our day to day lives.