Colorful Worship

I discovered that God is very explicit about the colors He wanted used to decorate the Tabernacle while reading Exodus 26.  He told Moses to use blue, purple and scarlet.  I began to wonder why these colors?  What is important about them?

The colors are used for several articles in the tabernacle: the curtain – Ex. 26:1, the drape that separates the Holy of Holies from the rest of the tabernacle – Ex. 26:31, the High Priest ephod – Ex. 28:15, are only a few examples.

tzitzitThere is no mention of what the colors stood for but there could be a direct relationship to the idea that Jesus is fully God and fully man.  (According to Jewish scholars.) Blue always represents Yahweh.  In the tzitzit, the prayer shawl, there is a blue thread to symbolize God and His Commandments.  There is also a scarlet thread to symbolize mankind.  Woven between these colors is purple which is a combination of the primary colors – red and blue.  God (blue) and man (red) were separated by the sin in the Garden of Eden.  God never intended to leave it that way.  His plan was to have a go-between to restore the fellowship between Himself and His creation.  The go-between would be all God (blue) and all man (red), our Jesus (purple).

The colors also represent other aspects of the Judeo-Christian culture.  Holy of HoliesPurple is the color of royalty.  Jesus is the King of the Kingdom and would rightfully wear a purple robe.     It is also the color of the Royal Priesthood. Blue is the color of God’s chosen people dating back to the time of David.  The restored throne of David is described in Ezekial 1:26 as being made of sapphire (blue stone).  Red is a primary color and can not be made from any other color(s).  It is interesting that the Hebrew root word for Adam is oudem which means red clay.   Red symbolizes atonement, sacrifice, life, death, and flesh.  

I found it interesting to learn what these colors may mean.  I do not intend this to be any more than interesting information that may make your study of the Word more informative.

Heavenly Father, what a heritage You have provided for us.  Help us to remember, in whatever way necessary, that You alone are God.  Make it so!

 

 

In Dolce Jubilo

 I love the sound, the feel, the smoothness of ancient songs.  Good Christian Men Rejoice appears in a manuscript housed in Leipsic, Germany c. 1400.  From that time on many of the early composers, Buxtehude and Bach included, used the tune in organ and vocal music settings.  The Latin words were interspersed with German to create the song we know today.  In my most recent arrangement the words are still interspersed with English of course.

In Dolce Jubilo

There is an interesting story about how this Carol came to be…

“Now this same angel came up to the Servant (Suso) brightly, and said that God had sent him down to him, to bring him heavenly joys amid his sufferings; adding that he must cast off all his sorrows from his mind and bear them company, and that he must also dance with them in heavenly fashion. Then they drew the Servant by the hand into the dance, and the youth began a joyous song about the infant Jesus…”

www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/in_dulci_jubilo.htm. Retrieved 24 July 2008. (Click for more information on the carol)

And so we have Good Christian Men Rejoice/In Dolce Jubilo. (Click and sing along.)

Good Christian Men Rejoice, with heart and soul and voice! Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today.  Man and beast before Him bow, and He is in the manger now: Christ is born today, Christ is born today!

Give ye heed…in other words – Look up and listen, this is important.  Christ is born today!  Have we become so used to these words that  we don’t hear them or perhaps even take them for granted?  Every one bowed to worship Him them,  is still paying homage, and Revelation 15:4 tells us all people and nations will continue to do so into eternity.

Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice!  Now ye hear of endless bliss; Jesus Christ was bon for this.  He has opened heaven’s door, and man is blest forevermore.  Christ was born for this, Christ was born for this.

Endless bliss?  Christ was born for this?  Without Christ we would have no hope, no eternity, nothing.  Praise God that the temple drape was torn so everyone could enter heaven’s door into the Holy of Holies and spend eternity with the Only One who really matters.

Good christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice!  Now ye need not fear the grave; Jesus Christ was born to save;  Calls you one and calls you all, to gain His everlasting hall.  Christ was born to save, Christ was born to save!

Have you felt the calling?  The something is missing feeling?  It seems to me the calling is strongest at Christmas.  I often feel this sense of longing, of restlessness, of what is missing… I know where it’s coming from, a stirring deep within to connect with my One and Only.  Even though only God knows when I say…Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You gave the Son, He gave the Spirit…what more could I need or want.  The Gift is more precious to me than life itself.  There’s a stirring deep within me that can only be You. Thank You!