Definition: (adjective) Hanging down; projecting.
Synonyms: dangling, overhanging, suspended
Usage: An examination of the cave revealed nothing but hundreds of
sleeping bats pendent from the ceiling.
"Speak unto the children of Yisrael , and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue . . ." Numbers 15:38
Typical blue fringes are pendent from the waste, often dangling from an undergarment known as a katan. Although I have seen a wide variety, and scripture's only commandment is that they be blue, and upon the borders of our garments. Garments these days are much more variable then they were back then, so one can be creative with the fringes.
I have seen one man have a blue fringe stitched to the bottom of his garment, near its edge. My wife has sown a beautiful blue rope-like fabric to the hem of her skirts which makes her look like a princess.
I personally have discarded my Jewish-looking fringes and now have two strips of beautiful blue rope-like fabric with matching darker-blue tassels that hang from the knotted ends, giving it a more middle-eastern look. They are pendent from my waste.
What is the purpose for wearing these fringes of blue?
The passage tells us; so that we are reminded to keep His commandments and do not go about awhoring after other gods. This commandment was given as an act of mercy after a man had been stoned to death for violating the shabbat by gathering heavy logs. Since Christians have had a habit of also violating the sabbath and not observing most commandments, wearing the fringes of blue seems to be a more necessary commandment now than ever before.
Many will object that the fringes were only for "the children fo Yisrael". And I agree. But Ephesians 2 is clear that, though we were "in times past Gentiles, now we are no longer strangers to the commonwealth of Yisrael . . ." Fact is, the blood of Messiah makes us a child of Yisrael, so this commandment is for us as well.
Some will say that because wearing the fringes is not revealed in "natural law" like the commandment "thou shalt not murder" it is no longer binding.
Thomas Aquinas was the first to coin the phrase "natural law" and the guy worshipped intellect, or pseudo-intellectualism far more than Yah. Oh, and he was a pagan catholic.
The fact is, why would Yah have to rely on nature as a sort of double witness to reaffirm His commandments? Should it not be enough that HE SAID TO DO IT?
When Yah gives us a commandment, are we supposed to always know WHY? Satan tempted the first humans to seek first knowledge before obedience. Yah wants us to obey before we seek knowledge. He is more interested in our character than our intelligence.
So, if YHVH says to wear fringes of blue, then I suggest we had better obey Him. He desires obedience more than sacrifice and offerings. Let us simply OBEY Numbers 15 and wear these fringes of blue so that we might do the will of Yah and thereby please Him through our obedience.