You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim. … And you shall hang the veil from the clasps. Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy. (Exodus 26:31,33)
One thing I have come to understand over the years of studying the Scripture is that nothing is superfluous — there is purpose in everything God says. Interestingly enough, the Holy of Holies is occasionally referred to as the דביר dabir (e.g. 1 Kings 6:5). This is a Hebrew word that comes from the root word דבר d’bar or “Word.” Remember, the Ark of the Covenant housed the tablets of testimony which represented the Word of God. The Mercy Seat served as God’s Throne on earth and from here He would speak His Word to the people through Moses. So then, the Sanctuary, and specifically the Holy of Holies (the Word), was where heaven and earth met.
Now consider the colors of thread used to make the veil — blue (turquoise), red (scarlet) and purple. Rabbinical sources teach that the blue thread was represented the heavens, where God dwells. The red thread was to represent mankind, which in Hebrew is אדם adam. The etymology of the word adam is connected to the idea of “earth” and “blood” but especially the latter. So then, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Hebrew word for “red” is אדום adom.
Red and blue are very distinct from the other, however, something unique occurs when you blend the two together — you end up with purple. Heaven and earth are distinct as well, but something interesting happens when they meet — the Word of God comes forth. Think of it this way: the spoken word is impossible without a mouth and the breath needed to utter those words. The mouth, which is part of the body, comes from the earth; the breath, that which gives life to the spoken word, comes from above. When the two are combined words are possible.
Isn’t it interesting then that Messiah is regarded as the Word of God? He is the epitome of what we are discussing. The Creator of all things took upon the form of flesh and dwelt among us so that He might speak to us in a clear and direct way. In Messiah, we see the fusion of heaven and earth and by Him we understand all that God wished to convey to mankind. Because of Him, the “veil” that had concealed the mysteries of God and His Word was removed allowing us complete access to the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember — nothing God says is superfluous and so be attentive to what He is saying to you today.
Blessings and Shalom,