Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest ,and King--Tabernacle Colors

"Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them."      Exodus 26:1

Four colors were visible throughout the tabernacle and the temple. They were white, scarlet, blue, and purple. White stands for righteousness, holiness, and purity. The righteousness of all believers is the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. You have no true holiness outside of what He has bestowed upon you! Scarlet or deep crimson red was produced through crushing and drying a coccus ilicis which is a worm! It was said of Jesus, "But I am a worm, and not a man, A reproach of men, and despised by the people." This is found in Psalm 22:6. Don't forget Psalm 22, we will see it soon! The red color from a crushed worm points to the prophetic, sacrificial death of Jesus. The worm mentioned attaches itself to a tree and dies so that offspring may live! This is the color of a prophet. Ironically, illicis means "it is finished" in Latin!

The blue color speaks of heaven and it is the color used for priests since they are heaven's voice. The color came from the crushed shell of a helix ianthina snail. Notice the relation to death? Jesus priesthood is the result of Him being crushed for us at Calvary's cross.
Purple is the color of a king. This color also came from the shell of a crushed shellfish. Notice all three colors deal with death, for it was His obedience unto death that gave Him the power to rule all! He is coming soon not to be beaten but to rule!

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phillipians 2:8-11

The very colors of the tabernacle show His ministry. Jesus Christ our prophet, priest and king.

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