15th September 2014

Fine Linen

“Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.”
Genesis 41:42 (NIV)

Notice—Joseph was dressed in fine linen by Pharaoh.  Garments made from this particular material have always been highly esteemed in the East as being precious, luxurious and comfortable; in short, high quality items and the usual clothing of kings, princes and eastern rulers.

Egyptian linen was highly prized.  There is a section of scripture which tells us about the wealth of King Solomon, and it says that, “Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn” (2 Chronicles 1:16 KJV). This great king was so rich that he “made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones” (Verse 15). But he bought his linen from Egypt—of course he did, it was the best! 2 Chronicles 3:14 tells us the Temple veil was made of it. Linen woven in Egypt was extremely beautiful and was as fine as silk. The priests, Aaron and his sons, were clothed in fine linen which marked them and set them apart for service in the Temple, as it says in Exodus 39: 27-28, “For Aaron and his sons, they made tunics of fine linen—the work of a weaver—and the turban of fine linen, the linen caps and the undergarments of finely twisted linen.” 1 Samuel 1: 24-28 tells us that young Samuel was presented to the Lord as a gift by his mother, Hanna and notice in 1 Samuel 2:18 that “He was ministering before the Lord—a boy wearing a linen ephod.” As a sign of his ministry!

Are you aware that Queen Elizabeth the second wore a tunic of fine linen under her beautiful coronation robe?  In Latin this tunic is called “Colobium Sindonis”—which means “Shroud tunic”, and symbolises divesting oneself of all the world’s vanity and standing bare before God.

Let’s notice now what the body of Jesus was wrapped in before he was placed in the tomb—“So they took Jesus’ body and bound it in linen cloths with the spices (aromatics), as is the Jew’s customary way to prepare for burial.” (John 19:40 AMP).

Our final look at this amazing cloth is found in Revelation 19:7-8 (NLT): “Let us be glad and rejoice and honour him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride (the church), has prepared herself. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen.” Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God. Before a wedding everyone is curious about the bride’s dress! But, it’s no secret what Christ’s bride will wear; pure, dazzling, spotless white linen. So, will you be there at the wedding?!

Prayer
Father, speed the day of your Son’s return and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb—we yearn and long for that special day.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222 Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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