– written by jerry golden
Tefillin, consist of two small leather boxes in which are contained four sections of the Tora in scribed on parchment: Deut. 6:4-9, Deut. 11:13-21, Ex. 13:1-10, Ex. 13:11-16
a. The Shema – pronouncing the Unity of the One God.
b. Vabayab— Expressing God’s assurance to us of compensation that will follow out observance of the Torah’s precepts, and warning of retribution for disobedience to them.
c. Israel’s duty ever to remember the redemption from Egyptian bondage.
d. The obligation of every Jew to inform his children of these matters.
One of the boxes is placed upon the left arm as to be against the heart – the seat of emotions, the leather straps are wound seven times around the left arm, then wound around the hand, then the middle finger three times. I have always found the winding of the middle finger interesting because many cultures today place the wedding ring on the middle finger not what we refer to as the ring finger. In Hosea 2:21-22 here God is talking about Tefillin when He says. “And I will betroth thee unto Me forever; and I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgement, and in loving-kindness, and in compassion, and I will betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness and thou shalt know the Lord.” This Scripture is recited when a Jew winds the leather strap around the middle finger during Tefillin.
The other box is placed upon the head, above the forehead, so as to rest upon the cerebrum. In this manner our attention is directed to the head, heart, and hand. And is to teach us to dedicate ourselves to the service of God in all that we think, feel, and do. It is also to teach us not to be governed solely by the impulse of the heart, lest that lead us into error and superstition. Nor are we to be governed by reason alone, for that may lead to harsh materialism.
After you read the suggested Scriptures you will see how God has used Tefillin as a way for us to understand that He has marked us to be His, in the forehead and right hand.
So now you know see why the Devil chose to place his mark there, to copy the Most High God.
Now if you like this kind of thing let me know I will send some more pearls your way from time to time.