Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Ribband of Blue
Remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them.
The setting of these words is very instructive. The Lord commanded the Israelites to put a ribband of blue in the fringe along the borders of their garments. Each time they looked upon those ribbons they were to remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them. The colour blue in Scripture speaks of heaven. Thus these ribbons reminded the believing Israelites that the commandments of the Lord were heavenly in origin. The ribbons also taught them that they were a heavenly people with laws from heaven for life on earth, and thus a people who must not do just as they pleased. They were not to walk after the way of the flesh, which is interpreted in the same verse as seeking after your own heart and your own eyes. Hence the ribbon of blue was a visible warning against the outbreak of the corruption of the flesh. If we are of the heavenly people of God, then let us make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof (Rom. 13:14). Rather let us walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless (Luke 1:6).
The ribbon of blue is a reminder also that there is deliverance from the weakness, failure, and corruption of the flesh, deliverance through Christ. Do you remember the woman in the Gospels who came and touched the border of Christs garment? When she did so she was appropriating all that the fringe with its ribbon of blue stood for. Christ is the only one who ever perfectly remembered the commandments of the Lord and satisfied their demands by rendering flawless obedience. Thus the hem of His garment signified redemption from the curse of the law. The law is holy, and just, and good (Rom. 7:12). It is spiritual, but we are carnal, sold under sin (v. 14). Is there any hope for a poor, dying sinner? Thank God there is. Reach out the hand of faith today and rest in Christs finished work, for those who touch Him are made perfectly whole.
An obedient Christian lives his life amid the things of earth but sets his love on the things of heaven.
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