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Topic: Purple (11/05/09)
- TITLE: God of Purple
By ThresiaPaulose varghese
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Message of Salvation in Colors
When God appeared unto Noah after the flood, He placed the colorful rainbow in the sky. He did much more than show humanity a phenomenon. In the seven colors of the rainbow, beginning with red and ending with purple, God was displaying a natural miracle that demonstrated the complete redemption and salvation of man.
Purple for Divine Decoration
Each color has a specific meaning and purpose. We find in the Holy Bible a lot of places where colors are mentioned. For example in the book of Exodus the color purple is found in the materials used for constructing of the Tabernacle and Temple. We read about God commanding Moses to decorate it with different colors. He says, “Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them.” (Exodus 26:1)
Again we find God directing Moses, “You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim.” (Exodus 26:31)
We are also reminded of the purple seller Lydia to whom Paul preached.
“Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.” (Acts 16:14)
Purple the Rare Color
Purple refers to its rare availability. The Hebrew word for purple refers to a purple fish, a species of shell fish or mussel from which the dye color is derived. The purple dye was quite valuable since this species was relatively rare.
Purple the Color of Royalty
We find many references in the Scriptures for the color purple being associated with royalty and status. For example Mordecai in the book of Esther dresses himself with purple. “So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susan rejoiced and was glad.” (Esther 8:15)
The curtains in the Tabernacle had purple thread that represents the royalty and Kingship of God.
Purple Associated with Riches and Power
Throughout history we find purple associated with riches and power. Even in the parable that Jesus told of a rich man and Lazarus, he shows how purple represents rich and power. “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.” (Luke 16:19)
The powerful Roman Emperors wore purple togas as a symbol of their power and wealth. Since only the most expensive dyes were used to produce the color purple, it became symbolic with wealth and power.
God has Given Purple Foods Healthy to Body
God has provided everything in nature for our well being. Vegetables and fruits in all colors have been given to us for our good health. Purple colored vegetables are considered to be very rich in antioxidants and contain large amounts of phytochemicals vital for our immunity. These vitamins are claimed to reduce cancer risks, improve your memory and keep your skin looking young and healthy for longer. Purple colored fruits include purple grapes, elderberries, purple figs, dried plums, and raisins and purple colored vegetables include purple asparagus, purple cabbage, eggplant, and purple carrots.
God has given Purple to Think of Him
Purple is a noble color given to us to think of Him and lead a sharing life so that we may not live a selfish life like ‘the rich man‘, about whom Jesus told, who ‘was clothed in purple and fine linen’ but did not care for others.
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