Awhile back, I was attending a ministry meeting, patiently waiting for the leader to begin. A group of us women were preparing to discuss, dig in, and discern together God’s direction.
One of the team members was eager to pass out some newly branded pens. They perfectly captured the ministry logo with such elegance and appeal.
These weren’t just any ol’ pens however. They felt different, and they did not harbor the common boring black ink.
No. These ones were set apart. They had blue ink.
During the time that Moses was leading the Israelites into constructing the tabernacle under the direction of the LORD (Exodus 35-36) the colors incorporated into the finest linen sheets, were not just any colors. They held significance. Symbolism. Prestige. Value.
They were set apart.
“The skilled weavers first made ten sheets from fine linen. One of the craftsmen then embroidered blue, purple, and scarlet cherubim into them.”(Exodus 36:8) NLT
The color blue represented the baptism of Jesus.
Scarlet - His blood,
And purple - His Royal Divinity.
Isn’t it interesting how a simple change of color, can ignite such a profound emotional response as it makes contact within the paper? There was something distinct about this blue ink. It captured the eyes, and even seemed to harbor the power to transform the most complicated letters into such a polished, peaceful finish. Surely, set apart from all the rest.
“Under the old covenant, the priest stands before the altar day after day, offering sacrifices that can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as one sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down at the place of highest honor at God’s right hand.”(Hebrews 10:11-12) NLT
In a world where you can choose the color to the story of your life, can I encourage you to set aside what feels comfortable, familiar, and even mundane?
Can I encourage you to choose blue?
The journey is worth it, and the pages……oh, so beautiful!
(Further reading on the plans of the Tabernacle: Exodus 26-27)