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Exodus 28:1-43

I’m running late this morning so I’m going to deal with something I heard taught and have not really researched; although I’ve checked the commentaries I have and not seen this mentioned, but that doesn’t mean there is no truth in it.

And you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] around about its skirts, with gold bells between them; A gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate, round about on the skirts of the robe. Aaron shall wear the robe when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes [alone] into the Holy of Holies before the Lord and when he comes out, lest he die there. (Exodus 28:33-35 AMP)

Interspaced around the bottom of Aaron’s skirt is a bell and a fruit, a bell and a fruit … The bell represents a “Gift of the Spirit” and the pomegranate represents the “Fruit of the Spirit,” a bell and a fruit. Anyone who has seen the inside of a pomegranate knows that there are a lot of red seed surrounded by fleshy, juicy fruit (An answear to why it is called Fruit of the Spirit and not Fruits?) Bells sound an alarm to heed danger or to get your attention to warn, delight, instruct etc. The purpose being it stops you in your tracks.

“The fruit of the Spirit refers to the virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility) and self-control. “

“The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural endowments for service and are given according to the character of the ministry that is to be fulfilled. The purpose of all gifts is the same: to edify the Body (the Church).”

What I heard taught was this, Bell clanging against bell would be harsh and certainly not melodic so God has placed a fruit next to a bell to soften the tone and sound. We are to temper our gifts with fruit.

In what we have called the Love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives a list of gifts which use of, if one doesn’t operate in love, a fruit, there is no benefit for the believer.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NET.)

Fruit doesn’t replace the gifts its just that their use must be tempered with Fruit, a gift and a bell, or a bell and a gift.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.

Exodus 28

God provided the design and even picked out the materials and metals for the garments in GREAT detail. Neither God, God speaking through the prophets, nor Jesus EVER said priestly garments were bad.

They did get angy and speak against the priests because they were wearing the attire of God's priets with the wrong attitude. Priests were to be humble and submissive to God - they were God's servants. Somewhere along the line this idea was lost, forgotten, or ignored.

In the OT and NT the priests came to use the garments as symbols of authority and power to enrich themselves here on earth - they had an issue of pride. They wanted attention, lavish praise, money, authority and power. That is not what God wants for a man who represents God's Word here on earth.

For a full description of the Priestly garments and their symbolism - the link is here:

http://www.bible-history.com/tabernacle/TAB4The_Priestly_Garments.htm

Matthew 25:31-46
The Sheep and the Goats

No "again" or "at this time" or "then" in the opening here, it is plainly stated it is when Jesus comes back in his full glory - the full final end - the end of the age/world.
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If the virgins were Israel, and the servants were mankind in the intervening time before the return of Christ, then who are sheeps and goats?

These are the people alive at the time of Jesus' return. There will be believers (sheep- common symbolism) and non-believers (goats).

Notice the subtle difference in the responses of the two groups:

The believers are astonished, because they never saw the Lord. they just did the works set out for them by God before time began as led by the Holy Spirit.

The non-believers said:
"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'NIV

Hey if we had known it was you, we would have helped you. Why didn't you identify yourself? We didn't know. No, they didn't. Any kind act they did was of self (probably because it made them feel good). They never accepted Christ, thus never had the Holy Spirit.

IMPORTANT: This is not about WORKS getting anybody into the heaven. These people are separated from each other based on their acceptance or rejection of Christ. The sheep exhibit the works supporting their faith in Christ. The goats by rejecting Christ - are dependant on their own works, and Christ says these "WORKS" had NOTHING to do with me. Good deeds that are not the unconscious, automatic response of a heart indwelt by Jesus Christ are not truly "good" deeds.
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Passover Comparison with Crucifixion

Back in Exodus the Passover lamb was picked out (chosen) and brought into the house.

Here Jesus is in a house and is anointed with oil (symbolic of being chosen as God's anointed have oil put on their head in OT.)

Thank you for taking the time to put this blog together. May the Lord richly bless you.

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