Our mezuzah just came in the mail! I’m so excited!
I might handwrite write a small part of the Torah to make it more meaningful. For the rest of the house I’d like to have portions of the Torah hanging on the wall.
Anyone want some cross-stitched Hebrew? I might make some.
What does the Mezuzah mean? Why does Deuteronomy 6:9 say to “write [these words] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (ESV)?
I don’t think this passage is meant to be literal. Some commands are very literal, such as don’t murder. You cannot fulfill that one spiritually without fulfilling it physically as well. But it doesn’t make sense that this one is literal. But since I’ve already bought it, I don’t see the harm in putting it up anyway. Visual reminders are great!
Yeshua didn’t see any problem with the Pharisees taking these commands literally. He rebuked them for showing off to get praise from men. They wore very long tassels and phylacteries. I’m not going to put a giant mezuzah scroll by my doorway just to impress people.
Binding the word on wrists is not mandatory, yet Yeshua didn’t seem to have any problem with the Pharisees doing it. He had a problem with the fact that they made their phylacteries huge just to impress people.
But my question is this: why would verse 8 be figurative but verse 9 be literal? Either it is ALL literal or it isn’t. In this passage, I think Yehovah was getting at a deeper meaning.
Yehovah said, “Bind them as a sign on your hand, they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts…” (Deut. 6:8-9 ESV).
Why is verse 8 optional but every Jew observes verse 9? Why did none of the Israelites wear armbands (phylacteries)? But most did use mezuzahs? Because this is what it would have really meant to Israel when Moses said, “Bind them on your hand”:
U’Q’shar’tam: The root Qashar (Kuf-Shin-Resh) means a strong bond (like a band of brothers) found among those working toward a common goal. It goes way beyond acquaintance to intimacy…
We see, feel and touch what is physical, but what is spiritual in us is just as real, even more so. To have emotional intimacy (generally) we have to be willing to be open and vulnerable. You may have heard it described as “let your guard down” or “take off the mask.”
Here, God is calling us to that level of relationship. Just think, would God created the world so He could have a relationship with you. Would He ever be satisfied with a superficial acquaintance? He uses ever word in the Bible on purpose. God is calling us here to Kesher… a deep connection with Himself.https://syknox.org/shema-explained/
That’s so amazing! What deeper meaning does the mezuzah have?
Many sites say it is simply a “reminder.” While it is useful for that, I do not think that is its true purpose. We already have the tassels (tiztiz) for that. I think there’s something so much deeper going on. There has to be a very specific reason why Yehovah said to put it on the doorposts.
Yeshua called himself the “Good Shepherd” and the “gate.” He says the gatekeeper opens the gate for Him. Who is the gatekeeper? I believe the Ruak Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) is the Gatekeeper.
Gatekeeper’s job is super important. They decide who–and what–comes in and out. He also watches for Yeshua’s return. As Yeshua said, He opens the door to let Yeshua in and keeps the predators out. The gate is the only way inside because everywhere else is fenced.
The Words of Yehovah–the Ruak Hakodesh–should be the Gatekeeper of your home and your heart. As Proverbs says, “Do not lean on your own understanding,” (Proverbs 3:5 ESV). You cannot be perfect enough to properly “filter” everything in your life. You must allow the Ruak to guide you.
Set Yehovah’s words as the “gatekeeper” of your life. Nothing goes in or out without the Gatekeeper’s permission. Everything must line up with the Truth.
Many Christians have said that the “Gates” of your body must be guarded too–namely, your eyes and ears. I think there’s some truth to that too.
The Mezuzah at my door, to me, will be a reminder to let the Ruak be my “filter.” I will trust Him to keep the enemy out and let Yeshua in.