Thursday, 20 December 2012

Putting your best foot forward

She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Proverbs 31:22 NIV

And she's back! Our proverbs Woman knows how to make the most of her home and to dress in the best that she can afford. There is another significance to our Truly Good Woman (TGW) wearing purple however. Our TGW is wearing purple as it is an expensive fabric of high quality, but she is also wearing it for the significance of her faith.
(Princess Grace gown, V&A 2010)
Purple was symbolic to the Jewish nation for the colour blue (the broken law aka sin) with red (= blood. the priests atoning for the sin of others with sacrifices). So our TGW was showing that she tries to live a Godly life in which she regularly confesses her short comings. 'Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth over it.' (Numbers 4: 13)

 Christians recognise too the same significance in Jesus, the one who died for all through his death on the cross, wearing purple at the time of his trial. 'And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him.'(John 19: 2; Mark 15: 17)

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