The Prayer Shawl in the Old and New Testaments
The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed (it’s the roots). The New
Testament is the old testament revealed (it’s the fruits).
Prayer Shawl – a cloth made accordingly with the fringes on the borders which
represents the names of God. God told the Israelites to make for themselves
fringes in the borders of their garments (Numbers 15:38-40). The tabernacle in
the wilderness could not hold the 3 million plus people, it was designed for the
priest to do the duty of the worship, so they wore their prayer shawls as a
personal chambers. Jesus said “when you pray enter into your closet (secret
chamber), and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in
secret, and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly” (Matthew 6:
6). Notice it says “when you have shut your door” not the door. It is not talking
about a physical door, but when you shut out everything you can pray to your
Malachi prophesied in Chapter 4:2 “But to you that reverence My name shall the
Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings (borders) and you shall go
forth, and grow up as calves of the stall”. This was prophesying the coming of
the Messiah. The woman with the issue of blood stood on this scripture to declare
her healing (Matthews 9:20-22) and again the men of Gennesaret recognized
Jesus to be the Messiah and touched His garment (Matthew 14:35-36). The
scribes and the Pharisees enlarged the borders of their garments (Matthew 23:5)
trying to get more recognition . There is another prophecy in Zechariah 8:23
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, in those days it shall come to pass, that ten men
shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt
(hem of his garment) of him that is a Jew, saying, we will go with you, for we have
heard that God is with you.”
What was Jesus’ attitude toward the Old testament? We know that He studied it
and it was said that He astonished the priest and teachers even at 12 years old.
Jesus after the resurrection told the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, He took
them through the Bible showing them Himself from Moses to the prophets (Luke
24:13-32). Paul commended the Bereans because they searched the scriptures
to see if the things Paul spoke were true (Acts 17:11). The roots of the Church is
it’s Jewish faith (Romans 11:11, 17-22).
Note in the book of Revelations, the Jews were sealed to be His witnesses and 12
thousand from each tribe (Revelation 7:3-4), verse 9 shows the results of their
witnessing “after this I beheld and lo a great multitude, which no man could
number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the
throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”.
As we read in revelation 19:16 “And He has on His vesture (robe) and on His thigh
a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords”. As Jesus sits on His horse the
prayer shawl fringes would be on His thigh.
Paul was called a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) I believe that Paul made prayer shawls,
because in the times of Paul the Israelites lived in houses, not tents and Lydia
was a maker of purple and dyes were needed in making the prayer shawls.
The New Testament fulfillment of the prayer shawl is “Jesus” when we rap our
selves in Jesus we are protected, and have entered into His rest.
Study by: Harriet Bond
Date: July 4, 2006