I know what you’re thinking; God doesn’t have favorites. The earthly brother of Jesus testifies to this fact with his own eyes, James 2:1. The rest of you are probably like, “who cares; why does it matter anyway?” You may be right, but the symbolism behind this color provides insight to God’s character and nature.
While God’s favorite metal is gold, fashioned, molded and shaped into every aspect of the tabernacle, Exodus 25-31, acacia appears to be the perfect wood for constructing non metallic pieces. Beside the 12 jewels representing each of the 12 tribes of Israel, blue, purple and scarlet appear to be God’s favorite mix of colors. Each of these 3 colors are woven into coverings, curtains and special garments worn by priests.
I’ll be honest; there are certain sections of the Bible that are hard to hold a person’s attention, especially this portion of Exodus and Leviticus. However, the Holy Spirit is teaching me there is a purpose for the details enclosed within this book. For instance, blue is symbolic of heaven and holy service. Meanwhile, purple represents royalty, a sign a riches due to the scarcity of this dye. Finally, scarlet is commingled with crimson in different translations, referring to blood, cleansing of sin, life and purification. When you follow the laws handed down by God to Moses, you are essentially displaying blue, purple and scarlet through your actions. May the prayer of David in Psalm 51:10-12 become a reality for you in 2014, illuminating blue, purple and scarlet!
by Jay Mankus