Believe it or not, the Creator wants to have a say in how we clothe ourselves. Many believers acknowledge that YHVH is concerned with how much—nix that: how little—clothing we wear, but far fewer realize that YHVH is also concerned with what kinds of clothing we wear. According to Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:11, members of Yah's kingdom are not permitted to wear garments of mixed wool and linen. No explanation is given as to why this is the case; we're simply told that this combination, called shatnez in Hebrew, is off limits.
Wool and linen fabrics are amazing except when used together. When combined in a garment or outfit, these individually helpful textiles become harmful in some way that we don't fully understand. Moreover, there are spiritual ramifications to mixing wool and linen, which you can read more about below. I've personally committed to not ever wearing an outfit (or using bed coverings) involving both of those fabrics, and I'm also striving to phase out wardrobe items made with artificial textiles.
When we hit a wall in life, where do we turn first? Do we look to the Church? To scholars? To our own intellect? Where are we placing our faith?
More and more in these troubled times, I see believers turning inward or seeking religious leaders of earthly authority for answers. This is sadly misguided, and there's a better way.
Lately, there's a lot of talk about rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Prof. Rabbi Hillel Weiss, a spokesman for the Sanhedrin, has said that Israel is "poised to rebuild the Temple," which is more politically feasible at the moment because both President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin seem to be favorable towards religious Israelites. A month ago, the Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel, stated that he would like to see the construction of a third Temple in place of the mosque that is currently occupying the Temple Mount. Moreover, the Temple Institute has nearly finished creating the sacred implements and garments needed for Temple service, and they are currently training the Levitical priests for duty.
This all brings up a serious question: If the opportunity arises for the Jews to rebuild the Holy Temple, should Christians/Messianics lend financial and moral support to that enterprise? Allow me to offer some thoughts on the matter.
If you've known the Heavenly Father for very long at all, you've probably realized that he doesn't want his kids to derive their sense of security from earthly sources. Anyone serious about discipleship is likely to find themselves in a season of complete helplessness at least once in their life, for the primary purpose of learning to exercise greater dependence upon God. I find myself in one of those seasons right now.
Before I describe my recent life-change and tell you about the sign that God provided to let me know that he's got the situation in hand, you need a little bit of backstory. My wife and I used to live in Maryland, where we met. Both of us had decent jobs there. In the spring of 2015 we got a feeling that we needed to relocate to my hometown of Austin, Texas. Moving back was an idea that I had been keen on for some time, but my hunt for a job in Texas hadn't seen any success. Nevertheless, we felt compelled to move despite the lack of prospects. It was a scary and potentially foolish idea, so I committed to a long fast in order to seek clarification. On the last day of that fast, as I prayed in the woods, I felt Adonai place a thought in my head three times: "Let go of the rope."
Alexander Lawrence is a husband, father, artist, and lay scholar walking after Y'shua ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). His mission is to equip the Elect for the climax of history.
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