TEKHELET: Part 2 of 6, High Priest’s Garment Series

Exodus 28:31
31 “You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 There shall be an opening for his head in the middle of it; it shall have a woven binding all around its opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it does not tear.”

The color blue seems to have a special significance to the Jewish people.   Of course, it was God’s idea.  He told them to use it, so we’ll be studying the reason why.

The Blue Tunic.

There is great benefit in studying both him and his garments. In fact, everything in the entire tabernacle is a picture of Him. JESUS IS EVERYWHERE!

The Tekhelet. pronounced “te-KAY-let,” was the blue tunic worn only by the high priest, as pictured above.  The word literally means “Blue.” 


The word comes from the root word,”Kaláh,” which means, “Complete.”  Jesus, when He cried out “FINISHED,” from the cross He actually said only one word in Aramaic: “KŪLÁH:  FINISHED!!!  This word is the verb form of the word, “Complete.”  The Tekhelet is a picture of THE FINISHED WORK!

Types And Shadows.

The High Priest typifies our Lord Jesus.  Though only a shadow representation, like a photograph, the garments he wore reveal wonderful things about His glory and beauty.  They also show us what God sees when He looks at you and I.
(For more on that topic, you may follow the link below:
Caiaphas, as most everyone knows, was one of two high priests when Jesus walked this earth.  The fact that there were two shows you just how far they had strayed from God’s laws.  There is only supposed to be one!
The Holy Spirit makes it very clear that the garments of the high priest must not tear, no matter what.  The neck of his garment was even specially fortified to prevent them from tearing accidentally.
Remember what Caiaphas did at Jesus’ so-called “trial?” He completely ignored God’s law and tore his sanctified garments!  Why would he dare to do such a thing?  Even Aaron wasn’t allowed to do this when his son died.
Remember that?  Two of Aaron’s sons disobeyed God and were struck dead.  God did not allow Aaron to tear his robes in mourning over the death of his own sons, even though he was very upset.
This was a common custom at that time.  But Aaron was forbidden from tearing his garments.  He was to be separate from the people in this custom because he was representative of the role Jesus would play when He became our Great High Priest at His resurrection.
Well, if Aaron wasn’t allowed to tear his robes over the death of his sons, how in the world did Caiaphas get away with it?  We’ll be discussing this topic in part 5 of this series.
The blue Tekeleth was worn over the high priest’s white linen under garment, called a “Kettoneth.” (ke-to-NET).  This is the same type of garment that the saints are described as wearing in the book of the Revelation, as you saw in part 1.
For an in-depth discussion on that topic, you may follow the link below and read about Joseph’s coat of many colors:
Jesus’ KETTONETH was made out of the finest linen and was completely was seamless.  As you read in part 1, linen in Bible times, particularly fine linen, was so incredibly expensive that only royalty or the very wealthy could afford it!
It was this garment for which the soldiers gambled at the foot of the cross.  No wonder they didn’t want to divide it into pieces.  It would be of greatest value if it was preserved in one piece.

Tekhelet, “blue,” is also a picture of Divinity.  I guess you could say it’s the “color of God.”  That’s why God made the sky blue:  To reflect the glory of His Beloved SON!

More About Colors.
Colors play a major part in the Bible to advance His story.  Here are some interesting facts:
Jesus came from heaven.  As you know, Blue is the color of the sky.  As such, it depicts His divinity and heavenliness.  You could say He was “All blue;” in other words, “All God.”
Man, on the other hand, is “Red-blooded.”  The name “A-dam” is derived from the Hebrew word for blood:  “Dam.”  A-dam literally means, “Red blooded man.”  Interesting that God made man out of the dust of the earth and “Earth,” in Hebrew is “Adamah.”
When Jesus, the “All blue,” was born of Mary, an “All red,” He became something He never was before:   Both God and man.  The perfect man!
Finger Painting.
Remember your finger painting from kindergarten days?  What do you get when you mix red and blue?  Yep:  PURPLE, the color of royalty!  Jesus is now both 100% God (blue) and 100% man (red), which make PURPLE when combined!
We, as humans, start out as all red.  When we accept Christ as our Savior, “the all blue,” we also become PURPLE!  The difference is that Jesus started out all blue and us, all red.
This is the Holy Spirit’s creative way of assuring you and I that, once we are saved, we are always saved.  You can never become “UN-purple.”  
Think about it, folks:  You cannot do or be good enough to undo you status as a sinner because of what the first Adam did.  That’s how powerful of an effect the fall had on all humanity.
We are made righteous by what Jesus, the second Adam, did.  If there is anything, ANYTHING, you can do to lose your salvation bought by the blood of the precious, SINLESS Son of God, then you are saying that what Adam did was greater than what Jesus did at the cross……..AS IF!!!  Not true!
Now you know why, throughout the tabernacle you find those three colors:  Red, blue, and purple, in that order, EVERYWHERE.  You also know why the color blue has such great significance to us and in Jewish tradition.  Blue speaks of the FINISHED WORK OF JESUS:  TEKHELET!
Follow the below link to Part 3:

6 thoughts on “TEKHELET: Part 2 of 6, High Priest’s Garment Series

  1. This is so interesting, so much to learn but simple enough that a 76 year old sojourner can learn and pass it on to others, thank you so much.

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