The Hebrew word pronounced (ghed-deel) Strongs number H1434 means not merely a folded hem of a garment, but “fringes” (i.e. small knotting along the edge). The LORD (YAHAWAH) instructed the Israelites (Yasharahla) to “make fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations.”
Numbers 15:37 – “And the LORD (YAHAWAH) spake unto Moses, saying,
Numbers 15:38 – Speak unto the children of Israel, 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 15:39 – And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD (YAHAWAH), and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
Numbers 15:40 – That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God(Ahlahayam).
Numbers 15:41 – I am the LORD (YAHAWAH) your God (Ahlahayam), which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God (Ahlahayam): I am the LORD (YAHAWAH) your God (Ahlahayam).”
1 Corinthians 10:1 – “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1 Corinthians 10:2– And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1 Corinthians 10:3– And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1 Corinthians 10:4– And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
“That they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole”
Christ (Ha Mashayah) of Nazareth was The Messiah, but His appearance, including His clothing, at His first coming was no different than any other Jew of that day. Christ (Ha Mashayah)wore the same clothing as was the custom of His people, which was generally the same as had been instructed to Moses centuries before, that is, as Christ (Ha Mashayah) Himself instructed to Moses centuries before (as plainly proven in the verses above).
Note: The original word of the Scriptures translated as “hem” in these verses is the Greek word, pronounced cras-ped-on, which referred to small, dignified appendages of twisted wool along the edge of a garment, not merely a folded hem. Christ (Ha Mashayah) wore the “fringes” that He declared to Moses.
Matthew 9:20 – “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
Matthew9:21 – For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
Matthew9:22– But Christ (Ha Mashayah)turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
Numbers 15:40 – People recognized the customary significance of the “fringes” i.e. “That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God (YAHAWAH)”.
The woman described above touched Christ (Ha Mashayah)’ “fringes” as an act of repentance and faith in the Law, not merely as an act of touching the man. Many others did the same:
Matthew 14:34 – “And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
Matthew 14:35 – And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
Matthew 14:36 – And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.”
The Pharisees also wore the customary fringes, but they did so merely as a show of self-righteous hypocrisy i.e.
Matthew 23:5– “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments“. For that, the Messiah declared them not fit to “sit in Moses’ seat.”
Okay to gain greater understanding we need to read the passage in its entirety.
Matthew 23:1– “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Matthew 23:2 – Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
Matthew 23:3 – All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Matthew 23:4 – For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Matthew 23:5 – But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Matthew 23:6 – And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Matthew 23:7 – And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Matthew 23:8 – But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ (Ha Mashayah); and all ye are brethren.
Matthew 23:9 – And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Matthew 23:10 -Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ (Ha Mashayah).
Matthew 23:11 – But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:12 – And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Deuteronomy 22:12– Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.