Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” (Numbers 15:37-41)
A Blue Thread For Remembrance
When God created man, he gave him a mind that would process incredible amounts of information and retain greater still the knowledge of a lifetime of activity. Embedded in the creation of the human brain was the limitation to retain things without a constant flow of things to refresh the mind of what he needed to know. It was within the power of God to create man with perfect memory and recall but that would take away his free will to choose and to decide his own course of life. Throughout the revelation of God’s word to all humanity He included many things as reminders of man’s need to devote himself to the will of the Father. Cain and Abel made sacrifices to the Lord as a pattern of remembrance to the law of God. The altars of Abraham insured his constant devotion to remember to trust in the Lord. When Moses gave the law to the people of Israel, it was filled with reminders for the people to walk holy and perfect before the Lord God. One of the prominent daily reminders in the law was to make tassels on the corners of their garments and to include a blue thread in the tassels of the corners to remind the people to obey all the commandments of the Lord and to do them. A simple blue cord would become a reminder for the people to walk in the paths of righteousness and truth. As the people went about their daily walks the blue cord would become a constant companion to remind them to think about holy things, speak about holy things and to carry out the will of the Lord in truthfulness and sincerity.
The first lesson is to see the importance of man thinking about God. There is a need for daily communion with the Lord as the activities of the day unfold. Worship is not something accomplished within the walls of a building on Sunday only. To show reverence for God there is daily participation with the word of God, the Spirit of the Lord and a fellowship of Christ. Everyone needs a reminder. The danger comes when men begin to busy their lives with things other than a focus on pleasing God. What the Lord was telling the children of Israel was to put the blue cord on their garments so they would have a daily reminder to know all of their blessings came from God. The Lord wanted His people to be thinking people about godly things and godly ways. When temptation came along they would see the blue cord and remember the word of God to reject the wiles of the devil. It was a positive reinforcement to walk more holy, speak more clearly and to fulfill the commands of the Lord. Dee Bowman said, “It is hard to sin when you are thinking about God.” A blue cord may be a piece of string but the implications are eternal.
In the church, there are blue cords that God has placed to remind man of his relationship with his Lord. Most prominent is the supper of the Lord when Jesus told His disciples to remember Him and to commune in the fellowship of His suffering and glory of His resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is a weekly reminder of what Christ has done. It has been placed in the church like a blue cord to refocus the mind of man to the blessings found in Christ. Assembling with the saints is a blue cord of fellowship to impress upon the hearts of God’s children they are family. This will show a need for one another in the communion of brotherly love. Singing together, offering prayers together and discussing the word of God all serve to remind man of his need for God and his need to exhort one another in the body of Christ. The Bible is a huge blue cord given to the child of God to remember all the commandments of the Lord and to do them. It serves as a warning not to follow the harlotry of the world. Reading the Bible implants a spiritual blue cord around the heart to remind the Christian what God has done for him and how the love of God gave up His only begotten Son to die for unworthy man. He is still the Lord God who brought us out of sin to be our God. He is still the Lord our God.