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EXODUS 39

In this one chapter of Scripture ... the color red or  "scarlet" appears seven times!

That's a Bible record!

Let's study each of these seven occurrences of this bright color and see what we can learn!

Because everything in the Bible has significance, even its colors!

 

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

LESSON 1:

I was thinking about the color red!

Red as it is used in the Bible.

"Scarlet" would be the King James Bible's word for it.

Red, which is probably the favorite color on earth, has such meaning!

In the Bible it appears that scarlet is an emblem of blood, particularly the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Then I began to wonder something else.

Of all the Bible's chapters, which contains the most references to scarlet ... red ... perhaps giving us a great overview of the color and its implications?

Well, according to my concordance, Exodus 39 holds the honor of being the "reddest" of all 1189 chapters of Scripture!

There the word ("scarlet") occurs seven times!

Hear me: seven ... not eleven or six or any other number ... just seven times!

That's the Bible number that seems to imply spiritual perfection! 

And, yes, Jesus' Blood is perfect and incorruptible and redemptive and precious and powerful and ...!  This list is perhaps inexhaustible!

But, Preacher Bagwell, could a chapter in the Old Testament (written by Moses 3500 years ago) really have any bearing on the Lord Jesus Christ?

Certainly!

Because Jesus, who was born miraculously only 2,000 years ago, has been the Second Person of the Trinity for all of eternity!

He once said to the unbelieving Jews:  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."  John 8:58

Sounds eternal, doesn't He?

Paul furthermore tells us that Jesus is the Creator of this world!

Read Colossians 1:16 --- "For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible."

And just in case you still have doubts, listen to Hebrews 13:8 --- "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."

Therefore ... I say unto you this last Saturday in July ... when Exodus 39 describes the Bible's brightest color ... 7 times ... it has more than Old Testament ritual in view!  The "scarlet" there points forward in time to an old rugged Cross ... fixed atop Golgotha's Hill ... where the darling Son of God shed His precious (red) Blood for lost sinners to be saved!

Thank God for the Blood!

And thank God for the existence of color ... particularly red ... to remind us again and again of the greatest Truth in all the universe!

"The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  1st John 1:7

Amen!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2:

In Exodus 39 we see the color "scarlet" mentioned seven times!

That's more often that it's found in any other chapter of the whole Bible!

And in each of those seven occurrences it is used in conjunction with two other colors, blue and purple!

For example, here's verse one:  "And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses."

The noun "cloths" (in Hebrew = "beged") means garments or clothes or apparel or raiment or vestures or even wardrobe!

So ... the clothing of the High Priest of Israel is being described, the Holy Garments for Aaron.

Do notice that they are heavily accented with red or "scarlet!"

In fact, today's verse highlights three colors; blue, purple and scarlet.

And I've noticed this:  they always occur in the same order!

Blue invariably comes first, then purple, followed by scarlet!

That happens 19 times in the Old Testament!

Here's a paragraph about "blue," the color of the heavens as they are viewed from the earth.  Its first uses in Scripture are always associated with the Tabernacle. This combines the Heavens (The Place of God's Abode) with Worship ... the Tabernacle particularly depicting the Lord Jesus Christ!  He is God come from Heaven to earth ... to die for sinners!  The old time fundamentalist Preachers of past days used to tell us that blue was the color of Grace!  They taught it emphasized Heaven come to earth to tabernacle among us ... seeking and saving that which was lost! 

The Hebrew word for "blue" is "takeleth" and is derived from a root verb that means "to roar" ... like an ocean!  It is believed that the brightest blue dyes of that day came from a little sea creature who had to give his life to produce such vivid color!

Next is "purple."  Here's a good Bible "hint" about its meaning:  "And purple raiment that was on the Kings ...."  (Judges 8:26)  It is also associated with wealth in Luke 16:19.   Originally the first dozen or so appearances of "purple" occur in "Tabernacle" settings!  The application of all this:  Purple depicts Royalty and opulence and worthiness of honor and adoration!   The Hebrew word here ("argaman") is found 38 times in the Old Testament while its Greek counterpart ("porphura" or "porphurous") occurs but 9 times in the New Testament.

THEN we come to "scarlet."  This color is first referenced in Genesis 38:28, where a newborn boy is being "marked" from birth!   (Talking about a Special Son ... that's got to be fulfilled in Jesus and His Virgin Birth!)  The dye used in Bible times to produce this blood red color was obtained from a little worm ("tola") that had to be crushed and processed!

By the way, the "purple" (the middle color) is necessary to properly blend the blue and the red.  In fact, it IS the blending of the blue and the red!

So here's the Gospel story in color.  Blue: God from Heaven sent His Son ... to die for sinners!  Purple: Jesus, though a King ... though very God, made Himself a man.  He became poor for our sakes!  Then Scarlet:  The color of Blood!  This represents Jesus' vicarious Death of Calvary!  He died in our stead!

And in Exodus 39:1 the garments, the very clothes, the High Priest is to wear visually picture the blue and purple and scarlet (red) truths of Jesus' life and ministry!

Aaron literally was to WEAR the Gospel Story!

Now, come to think of it ... that's exactly what we Believers are to do also!  Listen to Paul the Apostle:  "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."  Romans 13:14

And again in Galatians 3:27 --- "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

There's a quick overview of Exodus 39:1.  "And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses."

This week every time we see the colors blue, purple and red ... let's give them spiritual significance and meditate a bit on Jesus our great God and Saviour!

Amen!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3:

Exodus 39 describes the garments worn by the High Priest of Israel.

One of them is called an "ephod" (pronounced EE-fod).

It was similar to a long vest, yet made of two pieces ... a front and a back which were joined at the shoulders and tied near the bottom with a rope-like band.

It was worn over a blue robe.

The point I would like to emphasize today is that this ephod was colored partly with the color "scarlet" or blood red.

The major significance of the ephod is found in the beautiful items which were attached to it.

On the shoulders were encased two onyx stones engraved with the names of all the tribes of Israel!

On its front was fixed the breastplate, a larger item of beauty bearing twelve stones, each representing one of the tribes of God's people.

Now here's what Exodus 39 says about the ephod:  "And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen."

The ephod contains the color of Blood, scarlet red!

Get this:

The people of God, engraved into the shoulders of their High Priest's clothing, rest upon a garment stained in RED!  The "shoulders" in Scripture represent strength and power and stability!

Now as saved folks, we do not look to Aaron the Brother of Moses as our High Priest!  No!  We have a much Greater High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ!  And just to think that He has us on His mighty shoulders is thrilling.  We old former sinners are engraved into the very place of Strength and Power, the omnipotent Power of God! 

And how is that possible? 

Because of the scarlet Blood of Jesus!

Furthermore, the breastplate also representing God's redeemed, is fixed to the front of the ephod!  The part that covers the heart of the High Priest!  And in the Bible the "heart" is the place of love and warmth!

We human beings, those of us who are saved by Grace, are resting on the very heart of God!  Yes!

Yet, how can this be?

Remember ... the breastplate bearing our very names is linked to the ephod of scarlet, that color of Blood, teaching us that God loves us because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross!

And that's just a quick glimpse of the teaching of the ephod, as described in Exodus 39:2.  By the way, Exodus 39 mentions "scarlet" more than any other chapter in the whole Bible.  It accurately could be called Scripture's reddest chapter!

What we enjoy today because of Jesus' shed Blood:

A position of security and strength ... on His shoulders!  (Please remember that when the Shepherd of Jesus' Luke 15 parable found the little lost sheep for which he had been so diligently searching ... "He layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing."  Amen!)

And a life of love ... loved by the Triune God ... leaning on His very breast ... resting there on a foundation of the ephod of scarlet!  Loved because of Calvary!  We are, Paul says, "accepted in the Beloved!"  The "Beloved" is Jesus; the crucified, buried, risen, ascended and coming again Jesus! Ephesians 1:6

I am so glad Exodus 39 tells us that the ephod was colored ... not only colored with gold and blue and purple, but also SCARLET, the emblem of Blood!

We are today loved and strengthened and made secure ... by the Blood of the Lamb!

Worship Him today!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

Exodus chapter 39 mentions the color "scarlet" 7 times!

That qualifies it as the "reddest" chapter in the whole Bible!

The word "Scarlet" occurs in verses 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 24 and 29.

And what does the chapter describe?

The High Priest of Israel!

It tells us all about Aaron and his clothing, his garments of beauty and glory!

Surely in this we have a type of Christ Jesus, our great High Priest!

But WHY would the color red (a blood red truthfully) be so predominant in the High Priest's clothing?

Because in Scripture it seems to symbolize Blood!

And not just any blood, but ultimately ... the Blood of Jesus!

For example, verse 3 of Exodus 39 says:  "And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work."

Here we have a description of the way the holy Ephod was made ... at least a "color" description.  Now the Ephod was an apron-like garment worn on top of a full blue robe which was itself draped over an even fuller white robe.

But this same color pattern (blue, purple and scarlet) was used elsewhere in the Priest's wardrobe and constantly throughout the Tabernacle.

What does it mean?

Especially the "gold" now being added to the tri-color palate?

Gold in the Bible has always represented Deity.  So much so that Heaven, the eternal city, is described as "pure gold" in Revelation 21:18.  And New Jerusalem's street was gold also ... as it were transparent glass!  Revelation 21:21

One of the first things offered to baby Jesus, the only begotten Son of God incarnate, was gold and frankincense and myrrh!   These are gifts appropriate for the Triune God!

And the Word of God is always being compared to gold!  The Scriptures, in Psalm 19:10, are said to be:  "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."

Well then ... since gold is a Type of God Himself, the High Priest's garments must be threaded with that emblematic metal!

Gold was actually beaten into thin plates then carefully cut into thin wires ... which were subsequently sewn into the fabric!

Gold ... then blue, purple and scarlet!

How lovely that outer apron (the Ephod) would have been!

What does this color scheme teach us?

Gold ... That Jesus, our Great High Priest --- much greater than Aaron, is God! (Again, gold pictures God!)  Our Lord Jesus is not part God or nearly God or want-to-be God ... HE IS GOD!

Blue ... That Jesus is Heavenly in nature!  That's where He is right now, at the Right Hand of the Throne of God! 

Purple ... That Jesus is King!  I know He is yet to be King of the Jews and King of all the earth ... but RIGHT NOW He is already crowned with many crowns!  "Crowned with glory and honour" says Hebrews 2:9.

And Scarlet ... That Jesus is the Saviour, the Son of God Who shed His Blood that sinners might be saved!

Put it all together: 

Jesus is God!  (Gold)

Jesus is full of Grace and the character of Heaven itself!  (Blue)

Jesus is Royalty, the Messiah, the King of Glory!  (Purple)

And Jesus is the One who made Blood Atonement for you and me!  (Scarlet)

I've been reading a book on the history of color!  It especially explains how mankind has learned to dye cloth into various colors.  The challenge to find appropriate "dyes" was formidable!  Constant work was involved!

Yet God took the fruit of those labors and commanded man to make clothing that was color drenched!  Especially the High Priest's clothing!

Then ... surely these tints and hues have significance!

And that significance we have briefly discussed today!

Why, these things to me simply add to the beauty of our Saviour!

Think what it's going to be like when we see Him!

Jesus, Our Redeemer and Bridegroom and Great High Priest!

After all, in Hebrews 3:1 the Holy Spirit describing our Lord says:  "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, Who was faithful ...."

Yes!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5:

It's called the "curious girdle."

It was part of the wardrobe worn by the High Priest of Israel.

Exodus 39:5 describes it:  "And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the Lord commanded Moses."

You can readily see that it is part of the garment known as the "ephod," which was the apron-like top layer to a very lovely and sophisticated suit!  And a holy one too!

The reason we are focusing on the "curious girdle" today is that it is crafted with the color red ... scarlet ... a Bible emblem of Blood.  (And ultimately not just any blood ... but the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!  The Blood that washes away sin!)

A "girdle" in this case is simply a belt!  Some Bible teaches call it a "sash."  Or a waistband ... or even a thick cord.

Exodus 28:8 tells us that the girdle here is "of the same" as the ephod.  In other words it is not just attached to the ephod, but made one with it. 

Since a girdle usually typifies "service" and "faithfully doing one's duty" in the Bible, and since the Ephod definitely now pictures Jesus as our Great High Priest ... it is logical to assume that the "curious girdle" is also a picture of Jesus in some way.

What if I told you this?

Everything Jesus did (or is now doing in Heaven as our Mediator) is done in service to His Father and out of love to His children ... through the power of the Blood He shed on Calvary!

All our Lord's Ministry, all His Service ... is Blood energized!

It's critical that we remember ... the "scarlet" in the girdle is an emblem of Jesus' Death and Blood Atonement on the Cross!

That means ... every soul Jesus saves is forgiven through His powerful redemptive Blood!

That means ... every prayer He answers is granted because of the Same Crimson Flow!

That means ... every enemy He overcomes is through the Blood of the Lamb!

That means ... that even His return to earth is based upon the fact of the Blood having been offered 2,000 years ago ... and accepted by His Father in Heaven! (When He does return, riding that glorious white horse, His garments will be "clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood" according to Revelation 19:13.)

That means ... that even our fellowship with Him today, our very communion or lifeline with Jesus, is predicated upon the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, where He gave His Blood so freely.

ALL JESUS DOES, ALL HIS SERVICE, ALL HIS MINISTRY is Scarlet Red in Color!  Is Blood drenched!  (I personally believe that the Blood Jesus offered on Calvary is in Heaven right now.  Sitting right there at the Throne of God ... sprinkled on the Mercy Seat of Glory ... and Jesus operates today via the Power of that Liquid Victory!  Yes, I am so old fashioned that I still accept the fact: "There is power in The Blood, the Blood of The Lamb!")

A red girdle ... so what?

A scarlet belt ... an emblem of work and service and duty well performed?

WHEN APPLIED TO JESUS ... A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF HOW HE DID (AND STILL DOES) EVERYTHING THAT PLEASES HIS FATHER!

AND HOW HE SAVED US AND WILL GET US TO GLORY!

BY MEANS OF THE BLOOD!

And in days of old, when Aaron the High Priest appeared in public wearing his garments, that girdle was an outstanding and very visible feature of his attire!

Service ... through the Blood!

How obvious!

And ... if Jesus did and does all His Work through the Blood, what about you and me, dear friend?

What should be our basis of service?

That Very Same Blood!

Often today ... let's remember Calvary ... then our High Priest in Heaven Who is still operating on the Victory won there so long ago!

Amen!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6:

The Lord has given me an interest in the Bible word "scarlet."

It's a deep and dark red color, one which symbolizes the Blood of Jesus!

I naturally wanted to find a Bible Passage that was saturated with "scarlet."

Using my concordance, I quickly discovered that one Bible chapter contained our word seven times!

Only one chapter does so!

That's the 39th chapter of Exodus and it happens to describe the garments of the Jewish High Priest, Aaron.

"Scarlet" occurs in verses 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 24 and 29.  Count them ... seven times!

For example, verse 8 says this:  "And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen."

The Breastplate contained scarlet in its design!

It was made of cloth, apparently doubled so that a "pocket" was formed within, and upon it were positioned 12 stones of beauty, each one representing one of the Tribes of Israel!

But still ... it was emblazoned with scarlet red!

The Hebrew word for "breastplate" in its root form likely means "to contain" or "to sparkle!"

It did contain something, two stones called the Urim and the Thummim, used in discerning God's will!

And it did sparkle in bright light, reflecting the beauty of those twelve precious jewels on its front!

But, most of all, the Breastplate is known for its symbolic meaning.  It, covering the heart of the High Priest, pictured love and compassion and kindness!

Now Jesus is our Great High Priest ... sitting in Heaven at the Right Hand of God ... interceding on our behalf!

And He has on His heart someone too!  His Own children!

Yes, the Breastplate Jesus wears also expresses love and concern for each Believer in His Name, each son or daughter of God!

And that Love ... heartfelt love, is also colored with "scarlet!"

Stained by the Blood, the Blood of the Lamb of God, the Blood of the Cross!

As Aaron's breastplate was blood-red ... so is it with Jesus!

Can you today see any Bible connection between God's Love for you ... and that precious Old Rugged Cross?

I sure can!

Here's one:  "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16  (God The Father "gave" Jesus The Son on Mount Calvary!)

And another:  "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the Propitiation for our sins."  1st John 4:10  (That "propitiation" occurred on the Cross!)

Then ... "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:7-8  (This one is self evident!)

In each case ... the Lord's love for us is illustrated by the Cross of Calvary!

Mix the Scarlet Red of Jesus' Blood with the Breastplate of His High Priestly Love and you have a composite of Exodus 39:8.  "And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen."

Wow!

Friend, sometime today ... thank Him and adore Him and worship Him for so loving you!  And doing so with a sacrificial Blood-sprinkled Love!

How beautiful is that Crimson Flow!

Scarlet!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7:

Positioned squarely across the heart of the Jewish High Priest was a piece of clothing called a Breastplate.

Covering his heart, the seat of one's emotions, that lovely Breastplate depicts for us who (or what) Aaron was to love!

The fact that the Breastplate was made partly of red or scarlet material tells us that this love is based upon some type of sacrifice, blood sacrifice!

These facts are all "tools" the Holy Spirit uses to teach us about a much greater High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour ... Who is in Heaven today sitting at the Right Hand of God The Father!

Our Lord's Breastplate typifies His great Love!

It, being streaked with crimson scarlet red, illustrates that Jesus' Blood is the empowering factor behind His Love!

But ... whom was Aaron (the earthly High Priest) to love?

And whom does Jesus (the Heavenly High Priest) love?

The answer is in the Bible!

Exodus 39:8-14 tell us precisely.

Upon the Breastplate were "set" 12 precious stones!

Each stone represented one of the twelve Tribes of Israel.  In other words, all God's redeemed people were loved by their High Priest!

"And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.  And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.  And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.  And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.  And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes."   Exodus 39:10-14

Let's briefly look at the words used for these stones ... and see if they in any way can describe the corporate people of God!

Sardius = "odem" from "adam" in Hebrew = Red!  The first stone is blood-red! One source says it means "to show blood!"  Do you how God loves His people?  Through the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!  Notice this beginning point!

Topaz = "pitdah" in Hebrew = perhaps meaning "to seek!"  We have been saved because Jesus came "to seek and to save that which was lost!"  We are on His Breastplate because He sought and found us!

Carbuncle = "bareqeth" in Hebrew = meaning "glittering, lightning or flashing!" Once saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, we become in His eyes precious glowing Jewels!  Listen to our Lord talk about His people in Malachi 3:17 --- "And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him."

Emerald = "nophek" = "to shine!"  I'll let Aaron explain this one:  "The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."  When the Lord's face shines upon us ... we "shine" too!  (Numbers 6:24-26)

Sapphire = "sappiyr" = meaning "to write with a mark, to inscribe!"  The Lord loves us so that He "marks" us for eternity, filling us with His Holy Spirit!  And the Spirit "marks" and changes and transforms us daily!  His goal:  to transform us "to the Image of God's Dear Son!"  Romans 8:29

Diamond = "yahalom" = "to strike down, to hammer, to conquer, to disband!"  Is that not exactly what God had to do to save our souls?  Break that old stubborn natural human will?  Here's conviction!

Ligure = "leshem" = whose meaning is uncertain!  The experts just do not know!  But that's just fine!  Isn't there a part of God's love for us that is beyond knowledge? Its height and depth and breadth are past finding out!  Thee will always be some mystery in the fact of God's great love for old lost sinners!

Agate = "shebo" = meaning "to carry away, to transport!"  Need any comment be made?  The Lord saved us to take us to Heaven some day!

Amethyst = "achlamah" = meaning "to bind firmly!"  That speaks of security to me!  Secure in Jesus!

Beryl = "tarshiysh" = meaning "Tarshish," a place ... perhaps the place from which the stone was acquired!  Hence ... the Lord not only knows where we are going ... but where we have been too!  He knows the pit in which He found us! He knows our filthy past, and the Power of the Blood to cleanse it!

Onyx = "shoham" = meaning "to blanch!" That means "to turn white!"  Just read Isaiah 1:18 --- "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."

Then lastly, the Jasper = "yashaphet" = meaning "to polish!"  That's God's ultimate goal for each of His precious children ... polished stones fit for the Kingdom of God!

What lessons today!

What truths!

The Lord Jesus loves us ... each of His Own ... with all His heart! 

And each Believer in Jesus is different in some way, reflecting (as do these stones) some glorious aspect of the Grace and Mercy and Love of our Almighty God!

Hallelujah!

Saved friend, YOU are loved!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8:

Today we study an unusual topic. The High Priest of Israel, when wearing his garments of beauty and glory, had attached to the hems of his blue robe a series of bells and pomegranates!

The exact description is ... "And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen.  And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates; a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses."    Exodus 39:24-26

These are man-made pomegranates, fashioned out of the finest linen and dyed with several beautiful colors, scarlet being the most outstanding!  They were crafted precisely as God had instructed.

Now if Aaron is a type or picture of Jesus, our Great High Priest, what could these pomegranates mean?

And the bells too?

Usually pomegranates symbolize "fruitfulness" in the lives of God's children!

Concerning pomegranates ...

It seems especially created to thrive in climates like that of the Holy Land!  (So do Christians grown where God has planted them!)

It (the fruit) grows on a shrub or small tree 12 to 16 feet high ... with some extending to 25 or 30 feet!  (Different sizes and shapes ... but the same sweet fruit!)

The trees live long ... up to 200 years or more!  (This is fruit that remains!)

Its blooms are often scarlet too!   (That's blood-red!)

The fruit itself is lovely and round (3-5 inches wide) and filled with sweet nutritious pulp.    (These delicious clusters of fruit remind one of the fruit of the Spirit ... which is a 9-fold cluster!  "Love, joy, peace" and so forth!  See Galatians 5:22-23.)

It is relatively pest and disease resistant!  (The Holy Spirit drives away the sinful enemies of our flesh too!)

The fruit can be stored for up to 7 months, becoming sweeter and sweeter with age!   (The longer we serve Jesus ... the sweeter He grows!  And the longer we are saved, the sweet we should become also!)

The fruit did not grow in Egypt as did onions and garlic and leeks and cucumbers!    (Egypt is a type of the world in the Bible!)

The fruit does not grow in the mud or under the ground ... but cleanly suspended in the air, gently basking in the fresh sunlight and gentle breezes! (The right atmosphere!)

Now, leaving the pomegranates for a minute ...

Let's discuss the bells (made of gold) which were placed in an alternating pattern around the hems of the priest's blue robe.  

The bells speak of "harmony" and "gentle praise!"

What a sweet sound as the High Priest walks about, ministering to the people and worshipping the Lord!

And let's not forget ... there is the scarlet red color of Blood worked into the pomegranates also!

Friend ... look at Jesus today, our great High Priest!

He, at the Right Hand of God, interceding for us even now ... is producing two things in our lives:

Firstly, fruit (sweet fruit) like pomegranates!

Because of the Blood of Jesus ... we are saved and bear fruit!  (Again, that's the significance of the Scarlet color!)

Then, harmony (golden tones filled with melody) as we walk in our earthly journey!

Scarlet pomegranates!

Golden bells!

Listen ... look ... Jesus is coming!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9 ... THE LAST INSTALLMENT ON THE "SCARLET" PAGE:

Underneath the beautiful Ephod and its attached breastplate Aaron the Jewish High Priest wore another robe.  This one was white in color and made of fine linen. It too needed a belt-like band around the waist ... holding everything in place.  The "sash" was called a girdle.

It is described in Exodus 39:29.  "And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the LORD commanded Moses."

Notice that, while the robe is white like linen, its girdle in embroidered with the lovely colors of worship!  Particularly we shall study the "scarlet" tint, which represents Blood!

As you already know, a "girdle" in Scripture typifies work or service rendered unto the Lord.  A laborer in Israel, when busily chopping wood or plowing in his field, would fold the long outer robes of his garments down inside this narrow belt, freeing his legs to do move more freely in the task at hand!

Simon Peter uses this word picture in his first Epistle:  "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober ...."  (1st Peter 1:13)

Jesus, the anti-Type (Fulfillment) of Aaron's High Priesthood, also wears such a girdle!  He is ever busy serving (interceding for) His people!  And the basis for such effective service is among other things ... but still most importantly ... the BLOOD that was shed on Calvary!

Without the vicarious atonement ... Jesus' work in Heaven right now would be unsuccessful!

Christian Friends ... so would our labor on earth ("girdle" work) be useless without the power of the Blood behind it!

Jesus once girded Himself with a towel and washed His Disciples' feet ... beautifully illustrating the principle of this piece of clothing.  "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."  John 13:4-5

Jesus' High Priestly Ministry right now is dependent upon His Own Blood, in God's eyes still having been freshly offered!  "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh."  (Hebrews 10:19-20)  That Greek word "new" (spelled "prosphatos") means freshly slaughtered!

One more thing today, the girdle is mentioned as the first piece of armour for us Believers to wear ... according to Paul in Ephesians 6:14.  "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth ...."

And the last piece of armour is ... "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."  Ephesians 6:17

First, the girdle!

Lastly, the sword of God's Word!

Why so?

Because often the sword was sheathed between the tight girdle and the warrior's body, keeping it securely in place until needed!

See the connection?

The Word is best kept via girdle power ... girdle power impacted by Jesus' Blood!

It appears to me that every victorious area of Christian life is made possible by that Crimson Flow from the Cross ... Jesus' scarlet Blood!

Hallelujah!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

MAY THE LORD BLESS THIS STUDY OF HIS PRECIOUS WORD!

 

 

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