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The Order of Melchisedek 9 – Robes of Righteousness, #4 & Symbolism of Color #1
May 15, 2021
Robes of Righteousness #4
All these garments are deeply symbolical. “Everything worn by the priest was to be whole and without blemish. These beautiful official robes represented the character of the great Antitype. Nothing but perfection in dress and attitude, word and spirit could be acceptable to God. Christ’s glory and perfection were represented by the earthly services and priestly ceremonies. Finite man might rend his own heart by showing a contrite and humble spirit. This God could discern. But no rent must be made in the priestly robes, for this would mar the representation of heavenly things. Aaron’s robes were symbolic. In all costly materials and beautiful workmanship, befitting his exalted station.” Desire of Ages, p 709
Symbolism of Color
Now, how shall we discover this symbolism? A starting point is given in Ezekiel 1:16 – “The appearance of the wheels and their work like unto the color of a beryl…” This is a key test. Their work, the function they performed, was represented by color. On one occasion Ellen White had a dream where a green cord was handed down to her. When the dream was over she understood that the green cord had spoken hope to her heart. The message green has always given us hope.