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The Blue Rope
Bible Passage Exodus 28:31-35
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Exodus.

The Blue Rope

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached November 22, 2022

31 And you shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue.

32 And there shall be an opening for the head in the top of it, in its middle; a binding which shall be all around its opening shall be woven work. It shall be like the opening for armor that it may not be torn.

33 And on its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet, all around its hem. And bells of gold shall be between them all around.

34 There shall be a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around.

35 And it shall be on Aaron to serve. And his sound shall be heard when he goes in to the holy place before the LORD, and when he comes out, so that he will not die.


All priests wore special clothing that gave them a dignity and honour suited to their office. The high priest’s clothing was especially striking, but more importantly its various pieces helped the people understand the sacredness of his functions before God.

The various parts of the priestly garment depict a particular idea of their worship. It was never for aesthetics or for fashion.

Several features of the high priest’s clothing reminded him constantly that he was acting not as an individual, but as the representative of the people.


The Blue Rope
The Blue Rope

Among the major parts of the clothing of the high priest are;
Linen coat

Robe of the ephod
Breastplate or breast piece,
Turban, and
Gold plate

The parts come with specific style and colour. We are discussing the robe today.

The robe was like a background to the ephod. Directly beneath the ephod was a blue robe. From the bottom of this robe hung bells and pomegranates, so that when the high priest moved from place to place inside the tabernacle, the people outside, on hearing the bells, could follow him in their thoughts and prayers. The sound of the bells would reassure them, letting them know that the high priest had not been struck dead and their offering had been accepted.

There were many colours of the designs on the ephod. It had an extra piece of material round the hole in the centre. The priest put his head through the hole. The extra material made the hole stronger. Then the priest would not tear it as he pulled the shirt over his head.

A pomegranate is a round fruit with a hard skin with many seeds inside it. It was often a sign that represented growth and things that are alive. The gold bells between the pomegranates would sound as the priest moved. The people did not see the priest when he was inside the Holy Place. But they heard the bells when he moved. So they knew that he was alive. And they knew that he was carrying out his duties as priest on their behalf.

All the people were anxious, so they listened carefully to hear the bells. The colour blue often symbolised hope. The red (scarlet) is the symbol for the blood that saves. Purple also signifies royalty.

🔷 Our dressing must symbolise and depict God and worship Him always

🔷 Priestly garments must not be for fashion but an honour to God

💥 Pray that God will always accept you and your sacrifice to Him
💥 Ask that your physical outlook should bring people’s mind to God

Our entire life must be worshipful and a great honour to God Almighty. It must depict the glory of God. Excessive fashion without God is dangerous to the spiritual health of the believer.

In series Bright Morning Reflections