Today’s Reading: Exodus 39:1-40:38 (additional reading Psalm 35:1-16 and Proverbs 9:11-12)
Key Verse: “They made the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.” Exodus 39:2
When God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle in the wilderness, He gave specific instructions for the tabernacle and for the clothing the priests were to wear. The clothing was to be of predominantly gold, blue, purple and scarlet. Why these four colours? For us today colour is just a symbol of fashion but back in the Old Testament is it a great value in what it represented.
Gold – Purification.
Revelation 21:18 says ‘The New Jerusalem will be made of pure gold, like unto clear glass.’ and continues in verse 21 ‘The streets will be pure gold, as transparent glass.’ Clear or transparent glass means there are absolutely no impurities. The gold has gone through a purification process. by heating up the gold and skimming the dross, or impurities, from the top as it floats up. Peter speaks about how each Christian needs to go through the purification process” so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” 1 Peter 1:7
Blue – Chastisement and Correction.
Proverbs 20:30 says ‘The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.’ (KJV). The blue represents the colour of the skin after a wound. The wounds and stripes represent chastisement. Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us that Jesus was bruised for us, “the punishment that brought us peace was upon him.” and because of his stripes we are healed.
Purple – Costliness.
It took 8,500 shellfish to produce only 1 ounce of the purple dye. Because of this, the colour was very expensive and only the super-rich, such as kings, could afford it. That is why it is referred to as a royal colour. It cost Jesus so much to come to our earth and redeem us. The King of Kings came to give his very life for ours. “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
Scarlet – Cleansing.
Leviticus 14:1-7 speaks about cleansing a leper. The blood is sprinkled over the one who is to be cleansed seven times and he is pronounced clean. For us to be made clean in God’s sight also required the blood. Jesus’ blood covers all sin and because of Him, we are pronounced clean. “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
In today’s reading, we see that even thousands of years before Jesus came to Earth, God always had a plan of redemption for his children. He gave hints of what was to come by passing along instructions for the use of certain colours in the tabernacle and the clothing of the priests.
- How can you give testimony to these four points in your own life?
- How has God been purifying your life?
Father, Thank You for Your eternal plan of salvation for us your people. Thank You that you cleanse and purify us. Thank You for paying the cost that we could not so that we can enjoy a relationship with You and eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen