I truly enjoy everything about this ancient craft:
- Planning the project (selecting the design, yarn and needle size)
- Knitting the gauge swatch
- Casting on and beginning knitting process
- Finishing the last stitches and doing the finishing work
- Seeing, giving and using the completed hand knit project.
Let’s look and see what scripture has to say about knitting…
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And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Knit in the Hebrew: qâshar kaw-shar‘ Strong’s # H7194
A primitive root meaning: to tie, physically (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league): – bind (up), (make a) conspire (-acy, -ator), join together, knit, stronger, work [treason].
This word is used quite often to mean treason or conspiring against.
But in this reference it tells us that two men, from opposing sides, became friends who were closer than brothers. They joined together having their individual lives knit together, supporting one another as one. In a moment, I will explain how that concept is a beautiful picture of a knitted work.
This Hebrew word kaw-shar‘ is also used in the scriptures at the beginning of the Shema, Deu. 6:18, where we are instructed to bind or knit the words of His instructions on our hands and between our eyes.
I see this as always having the Words or Instructions of Yahweh before us. We can read them, meditate on them, speak them to others, listen to someone teach about them, and talk about them in our homes. Having His words always before us is to have them be so much a part of our life that it would seem like His words were knit into us.
Knit Together in Love
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Knit together in the Greek: συμβιβάζω sumbiba zōsoom-bib-ad’-zo Strongs# G4822 from G4862 and βιβάζω bibazō
Meaning: (to force; causatively [by reduplication] of the base of G939); to drive together, that is, unite (in association or affection), (mentally) to infer, show, teach: – compact, assuredly, gather, instruct, knit together, prove.
Let’s revisit that verse:
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love
Perhaps another way to look at that verse would be – that their hearts might be comforted, that they teach each other in love, that we share with each other and we teach each other what the Lord is showing us and what we have learned so that we the body of Yahshua would be comforted and that we would come to know more of Him and his word. That’s the idea of teaching each other in love.
The Word Prove
That we might prove each other in love, as we are sharing with each other there can be a proving. We can learn from each other if we allow a fine tuning to take place.
Sometimes we can’t see something in our own life or we don’t understand a scripture or biblical principle but someone else can see it. We might be getting slightly off target, off the path, off the course and someone else can bring sweet and loving correction and help to get us back on the path. Proving together in love.
Being Knit Together
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
I see several correlations between this verse and the craft of knitting.
1st – Many But One
In knitted work, there are many stitches but they don’t stand alone. Each stitch is joined to the one on each side as well as to the ones that came before it and those that will come after it. It is one piece of knitting, but many stitches, fitly joined together.So too should be the Body of Yahshua, many individuals but none standing alone – all should be fitly joined together, upholding each other in love, supporting each other so that the whole Body is moving together, working together, walking out the Father’s will and standing together until Yahshua returns.
2nd – A Run
In knitting if one stitch becomes damaged in some way, it will release its hold on the stitches around it and that will cause the whole piece to become damaged in some way. The broken or damaged stitch as it releases its hold on the other stitches can cause a large hole to form or it could cause a run in the knitted work. The worst thing that can happen is the whole piece can begin to unravel.
I see this same thing happening in the body of Yahshua. When a person becomes injured, or their thinking and interpretation of scripture is incorrect it also cause a weak point and those that were holding on to that individual are left without his or her support. We each support the other and should be upholding each other in prayer and encouragement and in practical ways. If someone becomes damaged by false teaching or beliefs it can have a trickle down effect, it can cause an area in the Body to start to unravel.
3rd – A Drop Stitch
This is when one of the stitches on the left needle drops off the tip of the needle and drops down but you keep on knitting because you don’t realize that that stitch has been lost. To help you understand the concept, think of a pair of stockings. Stockings are knitted fiber and when one of the strands brakes and releases from the stitches that were supporting it, it will begin to run. If left to its own devices, it will run down the whole column of stitches that it belongs to, often all the way to the toe area where it is sewn together.
If we are fitly joined together and compacted that every joint supplies …we need to be aware if someone has dropped off the needle and appears to be running, so to speak. We need to help each other; we need to help get them back. That is part of our work with our brothers and sisters so that we can continue to grow together and be a productive Body for Messiah.
This is an actual stitch in knitting and it accomplishes two things: first it will create a hole which is a lovely design element in knitted lace but not in a solid piece of knitting. Second it produces an additional stitch which will show up in the next row that is knit – it multiplies itself, it exalts itself.
If we apply this to the scripture we read and to being fitly joined together we can see that if someone thinks more highly of themselves than they ought it can create a hole in the Body. It can cause a multiplication of some things that aren’t beneficial such as tensions, bad attitudes, incorrect teachings etc. It causes a weak point in the Body because the person isn’t functioning within the framework that Abba has given us. We need to remember that we should be a whole body, fitly joined together and compacts so that every joint supplies.
It’s amazing how the Lord uses simple everyday things that we understand to reveal to us deeper spiritual truths.
I would love to know your thoughts…