THE CURIOUS GIRDLE

ISRAEL

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 linen, blue, purple, scarlet, gold.  This item of clothing symbolized that the one wearing the garment was an office bearer/administrator in the kingdom of God.  Consider the following:

A. It was neither loose nor attached and was one with the Ephod and its attachments of the Shoulder Stones and the Breastplate.

B. It was inseparably bound with the Priest and bound the Priest and the robe together.

C. It bound the one wearing it so closely to the colors in the Ephod, that the characteristics of those colors were imparted to him.

D. It was a sign of strength of service and indicative of one being bound or bond slave of ministry.

Note: The girdles of Aaron's sons were linen Aaron's inner girdle was linen with three colors.

JESUS

The Curious Girdle also typified another characteristic of Christ.  That is the character of His covenant with His Father and humanity.  He truly 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."  Phil. 2:6-11.

     "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."  Matthew 20:28

     "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."  Luke 22:27

In the washing of the disciples feet, He girded Himself and symbolically brought them to the Brazen Laver in the Tabernacle to wash them clean for the service of God  "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."  John 13:4-5

 Isaiah 11:5 tells us that Righteousness was the belt of His loins and Truth was the belt of His waist.  So we see in this, that God has a servant's heart, and through love and demonstration, Jesus set forth the pattern for the New Testament priests.

The colors of the girdle INTERTWINED also helps us to see that 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                       HIS DEITY                                         FAITH

          SCARLET                HIS HUMANITY                               LOVE

          BLUE                        HIS DIVINITY                                  GRACE

          PURPLE                   HIS MEDIATORSHIP                       REDEMPTION

          LINEN                      HIS RIGHT STANDING                   PURITY

CHURCH

As we look at the colors we begin to understand that we are to be an expression and representation of Him in the earth.  Many in the church today are seeking to be served and not to serve, but as we look at His characteristics, we see what we shall be.  If we are to declare to a world a real gospel, 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".  Mark 10:43-45

      "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."  1John 2:5-6

As a kingdom of priests, we are to gird our waist with truth and be strong according to Ephesians 6:14. And Peter told us to gird up the loins of our minds in 1Peter 1:13.  We are priests and partakers of the heavenly calling Col. 1:12-14 and Col. 2:9.