Blue and Law
In the scriptures,
there are associations between different bible colors and particular
bible subjects. For instance, the color blue is closely
associated with the subject of "law" or "commandment."
Fifty times in the
scriptures the word, "blue," appears. The vast majority of times
it is used as a color on some garment or fabric. Most of the time it
appears with other colors in the garment or fabric. Those times will be
addressed when we study color mixtures.
between the color blue and the subject of law or
commandment is defined for us in Num. 15:37-40: "And the LORD spake
unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that
they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their
generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband
of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look
upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do
them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after
which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my
commandments, and be holy unto your God."
The purpose of the
blue ribband as a fringe on the border of the garments of the
children of Israel was to call to their memory, when they looked upon
the ribband of blue, the commandments of the Lord, that
they may remember and do those commandments. Thus, the color
blue would be associated in the minds of all the people with the
commandments of the Lord.
The fact that the
word, blue, appears in the scriptures exactly fifty times, is no
coincidence. The number 50 is the number of new beginnings. It is thru
the keeping of the commandments of the law that Christ
presented himself as a perfect sacrifice for the elect children of God
and thus procured for them a new beginning in righteousness before God.
The ten linen curtains
of the tabernacle were connected together by loops and taches. The
loops were of blue color: Ex. 26:5 "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." The tabernacle was one tabernacle made up of ten curtains
couples by loops and taches. Ten is the number associated with the
law. The color blue is associated with the law. The
color of linen is associated with righteousness. The color gold is
associated with kings and kingdoms. All of this brought together speaks
to us that Christ is the king (gold) who through his keeping of the
commandments of God (blue) couples the keeping of the
commandments of God (blue) with his imputed righteousness to
the children of God.
Next, we notice that
the robe of the ephod of the High Priest was all of blue: Ex.
28:31 "And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32
And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it
shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it
were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent." There was to be no
rent in this robe of the High Priest and it was to be all of blue.
Christ is our High Priest and there was no rent in his righteousness.
Christ told us in Matt. 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the
law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For
verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
Christ kept the righteousness of the law perfectly. He wore the
law as a robe that had no rent and he kept his garment perfectly with
the commandments of God.
In addition, we see
that God designated the use of a blue lace to tie together the
ephod and the breastplate of judgment as a part of the High Priests
garments: Ex. 28:27 "And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and
shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the
forepart thereof, over against the other coupling thereof, above the
curious girdle of the ephod. 28 And they shall bind the breastplate by
the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that
it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the
breastplate be not loosed from the ephod." The breastplate of judgment
was four-square indicating the covenant work of Christ under the
covenant of redemption. The colors and materials of the ephod show
forth the work of the High Priest in redeeming his people from their
Christ came down from
heaven to save his people from their sins. This work was a covenant
work: Rom. 8:29, 30 "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he
justified, them he also glorified." Gal. 4:4, 5 "But when the fulness
of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made
under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that
we might receive the adoption of sons." Christ was made under the
law to fulfill the law and thus become the perfect sacrifice
to redeem his people from their sins. Christ's keeping of the law was
the coupling (blue) that tied together the covenant of
redemption (breastplate of judgment) and the actual redemption of the
elect from their sins (ephod of the High Priest).
In addition, there was
a blue lace upon the headpiece of the High Priest: Ex. 28:36 "And
thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the
engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37 And thou shalt put it
on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront
of the mitre it shall be. 38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that
Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of
Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon
his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD." In this
passage, the Lord's holiness (mitre) is closely tied to the keeping of
the laws of God (blue lace). In addition, the blue lace,
(Christ's keeping of the commandments of the law) is the basis of
our offerings and sacrifices being accepted by God. Christ's keeping of
the commandments of the law and his perfect sacrificial atonement on
behalf of the elect is what enables us to offer the spiritual sacrifices
to God and for us and those sacrifices to be accepted by God.
Furthermore, we find a
cloth of blue was used to cover the holy things in the tabernacle: Num.
4:5 "And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons,
and they shall take down the covering veil, and cover the ark of
testimony with it: 6 And shall put thereon the covering of badgers'
skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall
put in the staves thereof. 7 And upon the table of showbread they shall
spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the
spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual
bread shall be thereon: 8 And they shall spread upon them a cloth of
scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall
put in the staves thereof.
9 And they shall take
a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his
lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels
thereof, wherewith they minister unto it: 10 And they shall put it and
all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall
put it upon a bar. 11 And upon the golden altar they shall spread a
cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and
shall put to the staves thereof: 12 And they shall take all the
instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and
put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of
badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:"
In the above passage,
the following items were covered with a blue cloth:
ark of the testimony and the covering of badger's skin.
table of showbread and its vessels.
candlestick and its vessels.
instruments of ministry.
In all of the above,
we see the essentiality of Christ's perfect keeping of the law (blue
cloth) and that all that the above represent have their usefulness
because Christ perfectly kept the law to a jot and a tittle and
then made the perfect sacrifice for his people to redeem them from their