These Are The Garments
Exodus 25; 28; 2nd Cor. 5: 28; Matt. 27: 35; John 14:30; John 8: 28-29; John 1:14; Rev. 3: 18; 2nd Cor. 5:17;1 John 1: 1-2; 1st Peter; Hebrews 9; Rev. 21; 1Cor. 1:30; Isa. 61: 10-11; Romans 8; Rev. 3; Rom. 22:24; John 17: 22-23; Rom. 8: 30; John 1:14; Rev. 1:8; Isa. 9: 6-7; Isa. 11:1-2; Isa. 35
Great truths have been hidden within the Law and the Prophets which spoke of the Son of God who was to come. These hidden things were not to remain a mystery forever, rather they were to be revealed to a generation of people called by The Name of Jesus Christ.. When we see Jesus and His life, death, burial and resurrection through the pattern it is a revelation of Truth which pierces the heart of those who seek His face. Truths that are hidden from the heart in the law, are revealed to the heart by grace.
For a vast majority of people, The Tabernacle in the Wilderness is just a tent; the High Priest's Garments were nothing more than clothing; the Offerings were only sacrifices for Israel; and the Feasts were just holiday celebration for a people of one nation and Blood Covenant is just a ritual. To we who born of the Spirit and are studying His Word for His approval find the Tabernacle is WHO Jesus is; the five-fold sacrifices are What His BLOOD did for us; the seven Festivals of Jehovah show how Jesus fellowships us; Blood Covenant is the Heart of God and the Garments of the High Priest identify the position of Jesus Christ to His body and how we relate to Him.
When God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, He revealed to Moses that He desired to tabernacle Himself in the midst of His people. He gave them instruction in regards to building the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, the Garments for the Priesthood, the Offerings, and the Feasts and then ratified the Blood Covenant He had cut for Abraham. He told Moses to make everything according to the pattern. "According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And look that thou make them according to pattern I shewed you. And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office."
The first of the priestly garments were the Linen Breeches and they were worn in the Tabernacle by Aaron and his sons. Death was the penalty for not wearing them. God did not look favorably on flesh and when the priesthood was busy at the altar these breeches covered their nakedness from the people (approach to the altar was inclined). The Breeches were a made from fine (white) linen by two men (Bezaleel and Aholiab) chosen from the tribe of Judah and Dan to whom God had imparted wisdom. Others hearts were stirred to work with them. The law stipulated that no sweat would be on the bodies of the priesthood as it was a sign of the curse and was a result of man's own labor (flesh). The breeches covered the priests from the waist to the thigh area and speaks of imputing inward righteousness, holiness, and reproduction. Their purpose was to cover one's nakedness, just the same as the innocent animal was slain in the garden to make coats for fallen man.
The Linen Breeches speak of the Lord Jesus Christ whose innermost being was pure and holy. His very nature was that completely void of both outward and secret sin. So as the spotless Lamb of God, He came to make new the inward man which in turn would clothe and eventually make new the fleshly soul of man. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him". Jesus is the only High Priest to appear before God in the nakedness of His flesh. As He hung from the cross showing that through the work of the cross, man's nakedness (this was the result of Adam's disobedience in the Garden as he said to God, I was naked and I hid); The last Adam and High Priest of our profession, Jesus Christ, dealt with this disobedience by HIS OBEDIENCE. His Righteousness became our breeches. "And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots." His life and service to the Father was that of obedience and denial to fleshly passions. Although He was tempted, He only did what the Father said. His only agenda and all that He did was obedience to His Father's will. "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will; but the will of him that sent me." and "Hereafter I will not talk much with you; for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me".... "When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." This plan of redemption and reconciliation was a mystery hid, but is now revealed to be Christ in us, the hope of glory. In the beginning when God made the first Adam, He breathed life into him making him a living soul. He formed the flesh man before He formed his soul. NOW, there is the LAST Adam in the earth, conceived of the Spirit of God through a woman. He was God in the flesh, full of grace and truth: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth". He is the God-man who has defeated sin in the flesh, and is glorified of the Father and even as His flesh bore our sins, the inward man triumphed and thereby initiating a new and living way into the presence of God. He has now brought forth a royal priesthood and a holy nation who are born of His Spirit.
Now, in this new man born of His Spirit the work begins on the inside of man (Spirit) and works outward through the soul (mind, will and emotions) and then to the flesh. The Incorruptible Seed (Word) of God has become the inward man of the heart. We have received our garment of fine white linen and our nakedness is covered. "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich: and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear….." Our walk as a king and priest unto our God begins with the new birth.
The linen breeches represent us being 'born again' on the inside, to be clean in the inward parts. It is within the hidden man of the heart where all nakedness lies and through the regeneration, we are made new and cleansed of all unrighteousness. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Jesus took our nakedness when they parted His garments and he became our covering (Linen Breeches). Repentance will maintain our standing and keep our garments white... When God made provision for sin which could occur after salvation. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." This is the substance of the shadow in one of the five sacrificial offerings here in the Tabernacle. The fourth and fifth (Sin and Trespass) sacrifice provided forgiveness for sins committed, whereas the first (Whole Burnt) offering was for the original sin into which we were born. The Linen Breeches (Undergarment) are representative of Salvation of our spirit, and now we come to the Outer Garment which is the Linen Coat that represents Sanctification.
The Linen Coat was one piece, seamless, and it covered entire body (carnal flesh), with the exception of the feet (walk), hands (work), and head (mind). The fine white linen was woven so intrinsically (like the nature of Christ) that it took on the appearance of damask. It had four corners ( same as altar), signifying that there was a sacrifice made to clothe the priest and His sons. This white linen coat (kethunah in the Hebrew) has the identical name as the coat God made for disobedient man in the garden and it is defined as the holiness and righteousness of Jesus Christ who died to clothe us. It spoke of a life set apart and sanctified by God, having the nature of God. They were holy servants of God in the light (Solid Gold Lampstand) there in the Holy Place. Jesus was the pure, spotless Lamb of God. He not only was clothed with holiness, He WAS HOLINESS. He is Seamless, no beginning and no ending Jesus is the linen coat for the body of Christ, our sanctification and justification. He is our covering, the Lamb that taketh away the sins of the world.
We are to be so covered with the Linen Coat (Jesus) that only the Head (Mind of Christ) is to be visible along with the hands (work) and feet (walk), which are also anointed with blood as were the priesthood after they were washed. If we are being led of Him and obedient, we will not sweat in our labors and everything will flow from the rest of God. "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful to my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." We are clothed in linen garments of the white of His holiness and purity. Jesus has made us to be partakers of His holiness and has imputed unto us His righteousness, made to be pure. The word partakers in the New Testament (Greek) is metalambano which means to take in or receive until one becomes like what it is taking in! We have already been made more than conquerors, even overcomers, through Him who loved us: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."... "He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." "….."And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification." Not only are we clothed with His righteousness, but we are filled with the His glory (Gold: His nature ). The Righteousness and glory of God is upon us and within us. No man can ever take the Lord's glory; John wrote of how He chose to give it to us, Praise the Lord! "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." ... "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."
The Robe of the Ephod was solid blue in color and worn ONLY by the High Priest. The bottom of the robe came about to the middle of the calf and the sleeves came halfway between the elbow and the wrist. This garment is one piece also, not having any seams. It was unrendable and was trimmed with bells and pomegranates at the hemline. This Robe of the Ephod was worn over the White Linen Coat. As the Righteousness the Linen Coat spoke of was first and over it the Robe of the Ephod depicting the grace that came down from heaven was put on over the Righteousness of God. The Righteousness (white) covered our nakedness and the gift from heaven (Blue) speaks of the Holy Ghost. Salvation first, then the baptism in the Holy Ghost. Blue spoke of heavenly origin and character. Blue lace secured the crown to the High Priest's head and secured the breastplate to the Ephod. Blue was always over white When traveling, blue abounded .... every article and utensil of the tabernacle was covered with blue cloth, only the Brasen Altar of sacrifice was draped in a purple cloth when traveling. Purple indicates royalty and the Cross the Altar depicts held the King of kings. Although the Levitical priests were gracious, JESUS CHRIST IS GRACE. He was of heavenly origin and God in the flesh. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. " ... "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." The Lord Jesus Christ has neither beginning nor ending, and was proved to be unrendable. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
The hem of the Robe of the Ephod was trimmed with 12 bells and pomegranates. They were placed a bell, and then a pomegranate around the hem in order to bring forth a harmonious sound. The number 12 speaks of government. The bells represented the governing WORD and the pomegranates represented the seeded fruit of the Holy Spirit. The government that rest on the shoulders of Jesus Christ is released to the Body of Christ (Church) through these governing factors (Word and Spirit). It is sad when man attempts to govern others. The government is on Jesus Christ and genders peace in the holy nation. Harmony (Bells) ring forth the gospel of peace and the fruit (Spirit) bear witness to it's truth. When Aaron came out of the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement (after the sacrifice was accepted), he put on his ephod and walked out to bless the people. When they HEARD the SOUND, they knew they were forgiven.
Jesus walked in the seven Spirits of God rather than the gifts of the Spirit. Jesus is the giver of the Holy Ghost and possessed the Spirit without measure, but the manifestation of this powerful gift is released in proportion to the fruit of the Holy Spirit. "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;" As the priest of the Lord, the government of God was upon the shoulders of Jesus. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." The Highway of Holiness. This is what Jesus said when He said in John, "I AM THE WAY". He is the King of Peace (Pomegranate, Spirit of reconciliation) and He is the Word (Bells). As the children of God, we are to carry the gospel of peace and hope. Our daily lives are to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit and we should allow the Spirit to operate His gifts through us. Always keep in mind, the first fruit of the Spirit is Love and we are admonished by all of the apostles to Walk In Love. Before Jesus ascended He told His disciples, "My Peace I give you, not as the world giveth... Receive ye the Holy Ghost." The Peace offering in the five sacrificial offerings spoke of the Peace of the Spirit Baptism.
The Ephod could only be worn by the High Priest of the Lord God. It signified the authority, power, and anointing that God had placed upon the one who wore it. It was also seamless, however it was of two pieces (front & back) and it was sleeveless. It was a cunning work and was made of Gold (pure), Blue (Heavenly Origin), Purple (Kingly Royalty), Scarlet (Suffering Servant), and fine linen White of His Righteousness). Gold...speaks of the nature of God, His deity, and His glory. Pure gold is the result of raw gold tried in the fire to burn out ALL impurities, and God is a consuming fire, therefore His nature cannot be altered nor affected. The nature of gold cannot be altered by the air, nor can it be altered if it is buried in the ground. It signified a substance that is changeless and a purified state which cannot be altered. This is why we are tried in the fiery furnace of affliction - to purify us as He is pure. It also speaks of a God kind of faith. BLUE ... this color always speaks of the Divine Heavenly Gift of God's Son. Gold and Blue intertwined together reveals the unity of Deity and Purity. Divine Grace has no end.
God's natural creation often speaks as we look to the heavens, we see them spread with blue and we cannot see where they begin, nor where they end. The gold, blue, scarlet, white, and purple of lovely sunset in the evening show the handiwork of God subtlety revealing the blending of Gold (His Nature ) and Blue (God's gift from Heaven); Scarlet (suffering man-God, the Last Adam); Purple (His Royal Kingship); White (His Righteousness).
The Ephod was made the same way as the Veil in the Tabernacle which was unrendable by man. All of the colors were interwoven together, yet each color was very apparent. This garment verified the authority and anointing of the one which wore it. This garment was worn only by the High Priest and identified him as the only person with the ability to offer sacrificial blood in the Holiest Place. Moses was called to the Presence in the Holiest Place for instruction, but did not offer the blood of the sacrifice for sin there. This speaks of the ability of the High Priest's brother to enter in as summoned (Jesus called us His brethren), but He alone took His blood on that Firstfruit day of the Resurrection and sprinkled it on the throne in Heaven. This is why He told Mary not to touch Him there in the garden where the tomb was located. The High Priest would have been unclean had he touched another on his way through the Tabernacle to offer on the Day of Atonement. Praise God, afterwards He told them to touch Him when He appeared in the room where they had locked themselves in. Glory to God.
The Breastplate, The Shoulder Stones & The Curious Girdle were was worn over the Robe of the Ephod. The Ephod was worn by Aaron (Priest), Samuel (Prophet), and David (King). This speaks that the ministry of Jesus Christ would be given in the five fold ministry of service to the body until we all come into the fullness and stature of Jesus Christ. When Peter gave the correct structure of the Church in the second book he wrote to the global church, spoke of those so structured as a kingdom of priests, royal priesthood, holy nation and a peculiar people. The Lord Jesus Christ is the culmination of all things and a full representation of God and man. He is the Substance these Shadows pointed to. The mystery is no longer.. it is Christ In You The Hope Of Glory. ... "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." Although Jesus was God in the flesh, he humbled himself and became a servant coming to serve and not be served. He established the true role of His ministry and walked in the King/Priest anointing as a servant. "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." He has obtained a more excellent ministry and is the mediator of a new covenant forever sealed by His blood and Spirit. "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. ........."(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord swore and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:" Gold: Jesus was God in the flesh, having the Nature of God! "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." Blue: He was grace from Heaven and it is through Him that we are saved! He came to destroy the works of the devil. "And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."......."How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Scarlet: He is humanity's eternal sacrifice. When the Psalmist-Prophet David spoke in Psalms 22, he describes the suffering Savior as a worm! The Hebrew meaning of this worm is 'lowla'. The blood of the worm is used as scarlet dye, and once applied to anything it permanently changed the original state of whatever it touched. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." ....."Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." ....."And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." Purple: The Redeemer is King of kings and Lord of lords.. "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." ........"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. White: Jesus is holy, righteous, and pure." He was the spotless lamb of God. "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:"
Jesus is our Great High Priest and we are now kings and priests unto our God even a Royal Priesthood. Because the veil of temple has been rent, we can now go into the Holy of Holies and proceed to the throne of grace through the rent flesh of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only our Ephod, but He has clothed us with the Ephod, giving us full authority before the throne. We are now back in fellowship with God, our garments are now fine linen, because we are washed and made white by the blood of the Lamb. As our High Priest who intercedes for us, because He was tempted in all points even as we are, yet without sin. Just as the Ephod was two pieces and yet one, so we are one with Him. Walking as sons in His wisdom, our faith tried by Fire. ...."I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see."......"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" ........."But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light ...... "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." .......... "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
The Linen Breeches, Linen Coat, and the Robe of the Ephod were put on before the Ephod could be put on. In pattern set here, we must first put on Salvation in the inward parts (Breeches) then be clothed with His Righteousness (Coat) and then the Mind is transformed (Bonnet) by reading and applying the Word.
The Curious Girdle was a sign of priestly service and was only worn by the High Priest. It had the same colors as the Ephod and the veils of the Tabernacle. The colors were white linen, blue, purple, scarlet, gold. This item of clothing symbolized that the one wearing the garment was the administrator of the kingdom of God. Being curiously made, it was neither loose nor attached and was one with the Ephod and its attachments of the Shoulder Stones and the Breastplate. It was inseparable from the attire of the High Priest and bound the Priest and the robe together. It spoke of one being bound as a bond slave of God. Jesus was such and later Paul described himself as a love (bond) slave to God and separated UNTO the gospel. The foremost work of the priesthood was and is to teach the people the difference between the Holy and the profane. This is the character of His covenant with His Father for humanity. He was a bond slave to His purpose and calling and He was the ultimate servant and yet equal with God. "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ...//.."For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth." In the washing of the disciples feet, He girded Himself and did the identical work as was done at the Brazen Laver in the Tabernacle when Moses (lst covenant deliverer) washed the bodies of the Levitical priesthood before they were attired in these garments. Isaiah said so well, "Ye must be clean to bear the vessels of the Lord." "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded." Isaiah tells us that Righteousness is the belt of His loins and Faithfulness girded His reins. It is clear to us that the Prophets, the Law and Jesus Christ teaches that a servant's heart, through love and mercy demonstrated by Jesus set forth the pattern for the New Covenant Priesthood. All Church doctrine is to be found in the Prophets, Law and Teaching of Jesus Christ.
The colors of the girdle interwoven indicates to us it was the representation of the fullness of God and man as one. These colors testified of His character, His Majesty, and all that He was and the work which would take place in us. Gold is His purity, Scarlet His Sacrificial death, Blue is His heavenly origin and the Gift from Heaven, Purple is His Royalty as King of kings and Lord of lords, White is His Righteousness. When He made it clear that we were heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, He placed us in Him. As we become servants to God, we can see the colors are His nature that we can receive as we study to show ourselves approved and apply His Word to take on His nature. When we are thus structured, we are an expression and representation of Him in the earth.
Many in the church today are seeking rule, dominate and be served; but when we look at His characteristics (John said, "BEHOLD the Lamb of God") we see the servant He was, we desire to SERVE. If we are to be active in His five-fold ministry, then we must consider the following scriptures: "But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many". .... "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of god perfected: hereby know we that we are in him: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
As a kingdom of priests, we are to gird our loins with Truth and be strong. And Peter told us to gird up the loins of our minds. We are kingdom of priests and partakers of the heavenly calling and must receive the Royal Kingly Nature if we are to bear the message of the CROSS. The Brazen Laver of Blood Sacrifice was a shadow of the Cross of Christ, and the only article to travel clothed in Purple !!
The Linen Bonnet was white and shaped like the calyx of a flower. As a head covering, it spoke of the MIND being covered in the Righteousness of God. Children we must have the Mind of Christ. It was worn by the High Priest and His sons and also spoke of Godly wisdom, maturity, and understanding.
When Jesus shed blood in the Garden of Gethsemane to die to His own will and give His body as a sacrifice, we then are instructed to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, accepted of God as a reasonable SERVICE. The death on the cross was at hand, but there was also a death taking in His time of prayer in the garden. It was here, that He had to lay down his own will and take upon Himself the will of the Father. He had to literally die to His own will and emotions. "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. .... "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." After His death to His will in the garden, Jesus was crowned with a crown of thorns , so the shedding of blood for the salvation of our soulish minds. occurred in the same day as His flesh died for our original sin. As Isaiah prophesied of Jesus saying, He is the sacrifice for Spirit, Soul and Body. "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" ... "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" ... "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." ..... "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." ... "And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
The Crown is a Headdress or Diadem and is only worn by the High Priest. "And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre." ... "And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses." The words: HOLINESS TO JEHOVAH was inscribed on the golden crown and it was secured to the linen bonnet (mitre) and head of the Priest by a ribband of blue and Identified him as the head of the priesthood which was consecrated to Jehovah. The priest had the power offer for the sins of the people and bring gifts before the Lord in consequence of their impurity, thereby instituting deliverance from the enemy. "And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy." ... The crown indicated honor and responsibility of the one who wore it. Gold was for the nature of God and the white bonnet upon which it rested represented righteousness and holiness. The Crown was the last of the articles of the garments to be placed upon the High Priest representing the completion. Both resting upon the head of the High Priest indicated that his will, emotions and intellect (soul) was purged, cleansed and made holy; and the nature of God enthroned (sealed).
Before the foundation of the world the eternal plan of God had been set in motion and sealed forever in His Covenant in the godhead. The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among men and began to live life that was set before Him. Heaven and earth came together as one in the Son of Man. Man sought to crown His humiliation with a crown of thrones, but the Father highly exalted Him and gave to Him a crown that declared Him to be King of kings and Lord of lords. In addition He was given a name that every knee would bow and every tongue would confess that He was Lord to the glory of the Father. Jesus is our everlasting and eternal High Priest and He has sprinkled His own blood upon the mercy seat once and for all, forever sealing and fulfilling the law. As the body of Christ, we the church are called to walk holy, obediently, and abiding in the will of our Father. The child of God understand the scripture that tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice.... As the children of God, we are to seek the Father's will and set our submit out our own to Him. It is much like the battles the Israelites fought to posses the promise to them. Our promise is maturity in the Spirit walk.. so prepare to war. "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled". The will of man is strong and in our submission to the will of God, we will find that we are able to resist the devil and he will flee from us. Then we can join Paul in saying, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." Our crown is imperishable, glorious and worthy to be laid down at His feet. He has made a WAY for us and in Him we can walk with Him and be partakers of His nature. WE ARE ONE WITH HIM.