Of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread they made garments of ministry, for ministering in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron, as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Exodus 39:1)
When it comes to the service required in God’s House, wearing the proper garments is, and has always been, very important. It is my opinion that, in the Garden, Adam functioned in the role of priest, and even though he and the woman were “naked,” it seems that they may have been “clothed” with something more than material things — dare I say, righteousness? I say that because, in the Sanctuary, God’s priests were clothed in a way that set them apart and designated them as servants of the Most High.
The concept can be seen throughout the Scripture in one way or the other, particularly if sacred garments have become dirty and tainted. In Zechariah, the High Priest Joshua was described as having “filthy garments” which were replaced with “rich robes” and a “clean turban” (Zechariah 3:3-4). Obviously, these clean garments were required so that he, as High Priest, could continue to stand before the LORD in his position. It is apparent that God does not long tolerate those who aren’t wearing the proper attire. Yeshua made this point clear in the parable of the Wedding Feast — the man who was not wearing a wedding garment was cast out bound hand and foot.
It is important to realize that, even though we have been born again and all things made new, we have most likely worn garments tainted by the world’s mud. In other words, because we live in this fallen world, it is inevitable that we are, from time to time, affected by it and, consequently, are in need of refreshing our garments. Just as the garments of the priests were to be clean and undefiled, the Body of Messiah, His bride, is to be spotless and without wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27) and be adorned with clean, white garments (Revelation 3:5). So then, if we find ourselves in a situation where our “robes” have become stained with the residual filth of this world, let us do what is required of His bride — change into clean garments and make ourselves ready!
Blessings and Shalom,