God tries several times to meet the Israelites in the midst of their confusion, employing various methods to address their behavior. God berates and disciplines, encourages and reasons. But by Numbers 15:37, God employs a different tactic. Moses is to instruct the Israelites to “make fringes on the corners of their garments.” Really? Fringe? What difference will that make?
—Kristen E. Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites, and tell them to make fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and to put a blue cord on the fringe at each corner. You have the fringe so that, when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them. … So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and you shall be holy to your God.”
—Numbers 15:37-40 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NRSV)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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