YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection


by John and Ruth Greene

The word of Psalms continually draws pictures of opposites: the wicked versus YHWH’s people. Even among those that profess Christianity today, the distinction between the two has become dulled, even blended. This isn’t so in scripture. (“YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “YHWH’s Revolution“; “Victory Over Wickedness“)

“How precious is Your kindness, O Elohim!
And the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They are filled from the fatness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:7-9, ISR98

prayer-covering-tallit-1YHWH is certainly the protector for anyone that truly puts his or her active and resolute faith in Him. (Psalm 17:8) When you are under the shadow of YHWH’s wings, scripture is not talking about YHWH as if He is a giant bird or a hen protecting chicks. While this is a tender and loving image, remember that the Bible is firmly grounded in what are Jewish patterns of thinking rather than Western or Greek thinking. This pattern of thought is important to understanding what YHWH really means for His people. (“Psalm 91: Lifestyle & Protection“; “YHWH’s Protection in Difficult Times“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)

Western thinking continually misses the meaning of the Hebrew word “kanaph,” commonly translated as in English as wings. This verse, as well as many others, refers to YHWH’s prayer shawl of protection. His power is a garment of protection when you are willing to wear it. In Numbers, Moses established the use of personal prayer shawls as a continuation of the sanctuary, to cover a large nation that could not fit together in YHWH’s physical sanctuary of the time. The Jewish tallit is a modern adaptation of what Moses originally introduced. (“The Abomination That Causes Desolation“)

tallit-2Even then, the prayer shawl was a visible expression of devotion and active trust in the Word of YHWH. His prophets like Elijah wore these. Whether referred to as a mantle, prayer shawl or tallit, this garment symbolizes the power of the Almighty on a person and signifies His authority. These mantles were often colored to signify tribes and houses of Israel, much like a banner of warfare. In this case, they were involved in spiritual warfare. The edges of these prayer coverings were often fringed as well. Over time, these banners of faith were adapted to be more lightweight. Each corner of the prayer shawl is called a wing. (Numbers 15:37-38) Jewish theology also developed the addition of specially designed fringes on each corner. (“A Branch of the Vine through Trust“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“)

This little tent of worship was referred to as a ‘closet.’ The Greek word for closet is tameion, which means “an inner chamber, or a secret room.” The closeting of oneself in the covering of the tallit or prayer shawl came to be a symbolic separation from the world around the Jewish man.

tallit-LORD-prayer-coveringDisciples of active faith and lifestyle, by extension, are protected under YHWH’s mantle or prayer shawl. The Most High has plans for your life, (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 34:14-15; 40:5) but He has given you the freedom of choice, often referred to as ‘moral agency.’ (John 10:3; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 1 Peter 3:12) You are unable to receive those plans or His favor when you refuse to listen to Him. (Genesis 4:7; Deuteronomy 30:19) You can choose to follow His Will or not. He is Almighty, even as you have choice. When you operate under His Will, you are under His wings of protection. In essence, YHWH prays and creates every opportunity, with the idea of saving every man and woman on earth, if they are willing to listen and to put His Word into action in their personal lives. He is doing that for you now! Are you seeking accurate knowledge and living that in lifestyle? Have you listened? (“A Hidden Lifestyle Message from the Messiah“; “Are You Running Away from Messiah?“)

hourglass-timeIn these times, action is called for. A personal decision is required, a decision to press forward in trust. This isn’t the morality or ethics that most of mankind parades, but YHWH’s track of righteousness. If you continue to follow traditions of men and do not listen to the Word of YHWH, you will be judged accordingly on YHWH’s threshing floor. (Deuteronomy 12:30-32; Matthew 15:3, 8-10; 2 Peter 3:3-4; Acts 13:41; Matthew 24:12-15)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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