Sunday, February 11, 2007

Our Eternal Clothes

I just read this interesting statement: "What we weave in time, we will wear in eternity." I've heard that our lives are like a tapestry that God weaves. As a weaver weaves a tapestry, the exterior, the side that everyone sees, might look flawless and display a picture of perfection, but by turning it over, you can see the ins and outs of the thread that look very disarrayed in order to make that perfect picture on the other side. The moral of the story is that God can take the mistakes of our lives and turn it into a beautiful picture if we allow Him to be the Master Weaver.

Have you ever thought about the various clothes mentioned in the Bible? In Genesis, God made Adam and Eve garments of skin to cover their nakedness. In Exodus, God gave very specific instructions on how the priestly garments were to be made and worn by the priests of the Tabernacle. In Genesis, Jacob made Joseph a coat of many colors because Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other sons. When Pharoah put Joseph in charge of the whole land of Egypt, Pharoah dressed Joseph in robes of fine linen. When David brought the ark of the covenant back to the City of David, David wore a linen ephod and danced in the streets. When Esther appeared before King Xerxes, she wore royal robes and the king was pleased with her. In the New Testament, John the Baptist wore clothes made of camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist as he went about proclaiming the coming Messiah. Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes when he was first born and was lain in a manger. The Rich Man in Luke 16:19 was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury and yet his riches could not give him eternal life. When Pilate ordered Jesus to be crucified, the soldiers clothed Jesus in a purple robe and placed a crown of thorns upon his head and mocked him. When Jesus died and was buried, he was buried in strips of linen and placed in a tomb. In Revelation, John describes the Rider called True and Faithful as being dressed in a robe dipped in blood. Also in Revelation, there was a great multitude wearing white robes holding palm branches in their hands. Their robes were made white in the blood of the Lamb.

In Isaiah 64: 6, we are told all our righteous acts are as filthy rags. We cannot make our rags clean on our own. But through the blood of the Lamb, He can wash our sins away and give us robes of righteousness, white as snow, and we can be among that great multitude in heaven wearing white robes. Not by anything we have done, but only by the sacrifice of Christ's shed blood on the cross can we be made righteous.

What are you weaving here in time? Filthy rags---or robes of white that will last for an eternity!
Sandy

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kathy Burt said...

Hi Sandi,
I love your blog...whatever that means. Yesterday I asked Alan what Blog stood for and about it then received your email...how timely.

I am blessed to be weaving eternal clothes...I'm Children's Supervisor for Bible Study Fellowship International Honolulu Evening Women's Class. We meet Tuesday at International Baptist. We have a program for school aged children. They have lessons like the adults. The evening is well planned and the children are even learning to do homiletics. Maybe Emily wants to come and bring her boys. : )
Blessings, Kathy Burt

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