Mixtures of Colors
In previous sections we have studied the correlation between various
colors and various bible subjects. Sometimes we see colors mixed
together in the scriptures to give us a portrait of various things. The
most common mixtures are of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and white. Some
things that contain these mixtures are the garments of the high priest,
the covering of the tabernacle, the veil of the tabernacle and temple,
the door of the tabernacle, and the gate of the court yard to the
tabernacle. We will examine these things in the next few essays to see
how the colors portray the character of these things.
of the Tabernacle
Ex. 26:1 "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. 2 The length of one curtain shall be
eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and
every one of the curtains shall have one measure. 3 The five curtains
shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall
be coupled one to another. 4 And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the
edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise
shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the
coupling of the second. 5 Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one
curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that
is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of
another. 6 And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the
curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle."
There are various things in the
scriptures that point us to the Lord's people. For instance, the church
is called the "body of Christ." It is also called the "holy temple" of
the Lord: Eph. 2:19-22 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and
foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of
God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the
building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through
Likewise, the curtains of the
tabernacle present us a portrait of the Lord's covenant people. Using
the correlations we have proved between bible numbers and colors and
various bible subjects we will view this portrait. The curtains were of
fine twined linen showing us that the Lord's people are a righteous
people who have been made righteous by the redeeming blood of Christ.
Next, the curtains were of blue, showing us that we have been judged
according to the perfect law of God and no charge is found against us:
Rom. 8:33, 34 "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It
is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that
died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of
God, who also maketh intercession for us."
Moreover, the curtains were of
purple, showing us that we are a royal people. We are the children of a
Great King, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are children by spiritual birth
and we are children by adoption.
Furthermore, the curtains were of
scarlet. This shows that we are the blood bought children of Jesus
Christ: 1 Cor. 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
In addition, the curtains had
cherubims of cunning work. Cherubims are used in the scriptures in
association with the subject of witness. As a part of the church of
Jesus Christ we are a witness of his love, mercy, and forgiveness.
There were two sets of five curtains that were coupled together. This
speaks to us of the fact that the Lord had two flocks of people as set
forth in the scriptures: the Jews and the Gentiles:
1. John 10:15-16 "As the Father
knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the
sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I
must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold,
and one shepherd."
2. Eph. 2:13-18 "But now in Christ
Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his
flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that
he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain
the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar
off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by
one Spirit unto the Father."
Fifty loops of blue and fifty
taches of gold coupled the curtains together. Fifty is associated in the
scriptures with the subject of new beginnings. We have a new beginning
in judgment as Christ died for us to redeem us from the judgment of the
law. Thus we went from being condemned before God to being justified
before God. Further, we have a new beginning in that our King (gold) has
given us spiritual life. As children of God we are all joined together
in these new beginnings of judgment and spiritual life.
Finally, the curtains were of
breath four cubits. Four is the bible number associated with the work of
the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who has made us children of God
by spiritual birth.