The blue Coat

For the accidental or new reader of my blog: this post is part of a series that started with this blog. I would advice you to start reading there for foundation.

In our discourse on the priestly garments we have reached the blue coat.

You are to make the robe for the ritual vest entirely of blue. It is to have an opening for the head in the middle. Around the opening is to be a border woven like the neck of a coat of mail, so that it won’t tear. On its bottom hem make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet; and put them all the way around, with gold bells between them all the way around –gold bell, pomegranate, gold bell, pomegranate, all the way around the hem of the robe. Aharon is to wear it when he ministers, and its sound will be heard whenever he enters the Holy Place before Adonai and when he leaves, so that he won’t die. (Ex 28:31-35 CJB)

This robe was all blue, which speaks of the Holy Spirit. It had an opening for the head in the middle and was put on Aaron from above by Moses, the mediator of the Old Covenant.

Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant, went to heaven, even passed through the Heavens (Heb 4:14), breaking it open as the first fruit from the dead, and through the opening the Holy Spirit descended on Pentecost from above.

The great truths revealed are these (Heb 6:1-2):

  • There are more than one baptism – the teaching of baptisms – there is a baptism of the Spirit
  • The laying on of hands, especially found in exercising the gifts of the Spirit

On the hem of the robe there are fruits and bells. They speak of the nine fold Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and the nine fold Gifts of the Spirit (1Co 12:7-11).

We learned that towards after the first reformation, towards the end of the time span, right before the second reformation 1906 at Azusa Street, there were the healing revivals. Healing is found in Passover truths, but it leads to the Pentecostal truths in the expression of the Gift of Healings – healing through the laying on of hands, with the immediate miracle working power of the Spirit.

I already mentioned the reformation of Azusa Street as the start of the restoration of Pentecostal truths. It leads right up to the Latter Rain Revival, and as you might expect, Latter Rain foreshadows the next step of restoration with its truths about the manifested Sons of God, five fold ministry, and the laying on of hands for authority.

Let’s take another look at the fruits on the hem. They were in the same colors as Aaron’s girdle: blue, purple, and scarlet. Here the scarlet reminds us of the first layer, the blood at the cross, a done work. The blue has been introduced in this layer as the workings of the Spirit. And the purple foreshadows the workings of the King, you guessed it, in the next layer. These colors were also seen in the door to the Holy Place.

This is to show us that the three layers work together, ascending, but not excluding each other. As Jesus came to fulfil the law, bring it to completeness,  but not do away with it, as the blue coat is worn over the white linen, we are not to forget the truths of the former revelation or feast – no Pentecost without Passover. No Spirit without righteousness.

You remember that the garments are authorizing Aaron for ministry? So there is no ministry without the Holy Spirit, without the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The blue coat was woven from one piece, as was the linen coat. It again reminds us of the tunic that Jesus wore. Let’s look at another attribute of the blue coat: it had a border, a collar around the opening for the head such that it would and could not be torn. Jesus’ coat was not torn, but at the cross they threw the lots to find out who would get it. But also the collar signifies a border that is not to be passed. We are the body, but He, Jesus, is the head.

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By Ralph Rickenbach

Accompanyist | Pastor in Exile | Iconoclast — I am a Gallup certified CliftonStrengths coach and a Spiral Dynamics practitioner.