The Blue Commandments
By Pastor Morris – The Sanctuary
“The Bible tells us the spiritual meaning of the colour blue:
Numbers 15:38 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: 39 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: 40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
“In Numbers 15, the context for the blue tassels or ribbands is intentional sinning:
Numbers 15:30 But the soul that doeth [ought] presumptuously, [whether he be] born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity [shall be] upon him.
“…and breaking the Sabbath commandment:
Numbers 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
“Note that there is no mention of repentance by the man who was gathering sticks, he was breaking the sabbath intentionally in open defiance of the law. For that he was put to death. This practice of blue in tassels survives today in the Jewish prayer shawl, known as a tallit. The tassel with the ribband of blue on the four corners of the tallit is called a tzitzit
“Why blue? It is understood that the tablets of the Ten Commandments were cut from the clear blue sapphire seen on Mount Sinai. When Moses ascended Mount Sinai it was of sapphire stone:
Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and [there was] under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in [his] clearness.),
“…which makes up the very throne of God:
Ezekiel 1:26 And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. Ezekiel 10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.
Pslams 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.
“So, the Ark of the Covenant in the most holy apartment of the sanctuary, the throne of God’s presence (the Shekinah glory), contained the blue sapphire tablets of the Ten Commandments. Hence why the Ten Commandments are blue.
THE BLUE SKY
“Have you wondered why the sky is blue? God has placed objects in nature for our learning. If you walk outside right now and take a look at that sky from horizon to horizon you’ll see that its blue and this refers to the fact that God has provided perfection for every person that has ever lived on this earth.
“If you read Numbers 23:21. When Balaam was going to curse but he opened his mouth and blessed and said, There is no sin in Jacob, there is no iniquity in Israel.
Number 23:21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel:
“There were two and a half million people camped down there in the Jordan Valley. Now God looked down that whole camp of two and a half million people. He said, I saw no iniquity. I saw no sin in Israel. Is that true? No. Why, there were sinners in there’ and they crossed the Jordan and they were still sinners.
“Why did God say that? That there was no sin and no iniquity in Israel? Because God had provided a blue coveting of this particular skirt over all the people. Now it’s up to them to find that out, and accept it in their mind, but the, provision had already been made.
“Now, Caiaphas, to get a conviction against Christ, asked him if he was the son of God. Jesus said, You have just so declared. Caiaphas got so mad, he ripped this robe which was totally blue and it was the perfection that God provided for Israel and all the world. When he tore that garment, he tore the righteousness of Christ off from his life, and as high priest he tore it off from the whole Hebrew nation. And they have not come under that blue garment until this very day as a people. Now they may do so as individuals, but as a nation they have not made that decision.
Mark 14:63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
Daniel 8:14 Unto two thousand three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed!
Daniel 9:24 And He will bring in everlasting righteousness.
“That indicates that the Messiah brought in absolute perfection. What is the result of that? He cleansed the human sanctuary. With the cleansing of the human sanctuary, the last apartment indicates that the priest who was sprinkled with blood who was consecrated with the pouring on of the oil represents your person so the priest will take the people into the holy place and the high priest will take them into the most holy place. At the time God will have polished your character to make up His jewel.
Exodus 28:29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy [place], for a memorial before the LORD continually.
“Where does he carry these people in the breastplate? Over his heart, by this golden chain which represents the Ten Commandments. The fact that Christ has lived a perfect life attached to this breastplate of these twelve stones and carried them over his heart, these twelve stones represent all Israel. The breast plate represents twelve types of character which takes in every person. So when the high priest stands up in the holy place, and your name comes up, you can claim this Priest has your name over His heart, and the Priest will say to the Father, that person whom You have called into the judgement, I am that Person. And God will save you on the righteousness of Christ’s accomplishment and His death on the cross of this red stripe because that priest has your character, and God will judge you by the character of the Priest.
HEALING IN HIS WINGS
Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.Malachi 4:2 is a messianic prophecy, it is speaking of Jesus Christ.
“So what does healing in his wings mean? The word translated “wings” is H3671:
H3671. kanaph, kaw-nawf’; from H3670; an edge or extremity; spec. (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed-clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle:– + bird, border, corner, end, feather [-ed], X flying, + (one an-) other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).
“Malachi was really saying that the Messiah would have healing in the edge or fringe of His garment. This was what was understood by the people of Israel. How do we know that?
Matthew 14:35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him [Jesus], they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; 36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Matthew 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
“See also Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48.
“The fringe or tassel of Christ’s garment undoubtedly included the sapphire blue ribband as directed in Numbers 15:38-39 as mentioned above, that symbolized the commandments of God. That is why the woman sought so earnestly to touch that hem or fringe. She knew Malachi’s prophecy, and in faith she made her way through the crowd to claim that healing.”
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