SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR GARMENTS
1 Peter 2:9 states that we are “Chosen race, royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the Excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”. Royal speaks of extravagancy- spiritually rich and Priest speaks of spiritual integrity.
1 Chronicles 16:29 (AMP)States: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and in holy array.
As Praise dancers we must be consecrated and holy for service to our God! In other words we must be set apart and living a life that is pleasing to Him.
The words consecration and holy are biblical principles that God demands of his priests in the first covenant in Exodus 39:30. In His design he covers the priest from head to toe and underneath so that no part of the body would show except the face, hands and feet. So that being said modesty should be of the utmost importance.
Exodus 28:2 states: “Make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty” The priestly garments were made “for glory and for beauty”. Since there was something glorious and beautiful - indeed, "heavenly" about the priestly service, it was appropriate to make the garments glorious and beautiful. Psalms 84:11 (The Lord will give grace and glory...)
Exodus 28:2 also teaches us that our garments must be new and dignified; if the garments were soiled, stained, or ripped, the priests may not conduct the service while wearing them - and if they did, the service would be invalid. Our garments should be clean and cared for as such, always ready for ministry. Matthew 24:44 states: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
The Garments Possess Intrinsic Holiness
“When they go out to the outer court, to the outer court to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have ministered, leave them in the holy chambers, and put on other garments…”
Why does the Bible attach so much significance to the garments? Because their quality is such that they elevate the wearers to the high levels of sanctity required from those who come to serve before God in the holy place. Actually, the Hebrew expression which we are translating as "sacred" or "holy" garments also means "garments of the Temple;" that is, the garments themselves show that their wearers are standing in the Divine service.
Special robes (Garments) are worn by the Priests in the Sanctuary and Temple. This attire was stored in special rooms when not being worn and could not be taken out of a specific area in the Temple compound-- Hence our garments should not be worn outside the sanctuary.
Thus the garments are a vital part of the ministry of dance and taken as seriously as the dance itself!
Our priestly garments are used in another arena as well; Apostle Paul refers to our garments as being heavenly armor. Our garments double as combat fatigues! Ephesians 6 tells us to prepare for spiritual warfare- Put on the Full armor of God, that we may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil….Our garments are representation of the spiritual principle. We must actually do the righteous acts the garments represent otherwise the garment become a showy display, which is not appropriate for any true worshipper.
Color Symbolism in the Bible
Below is a list of all the colors mentioned in the Bible with both their references and symbolic meanings:
BLUE- Speaks to us of the eternal presence of YAHWEH. The color of God's chosen nation, the people of Israel. Ezek. 1:26, that the restored throne of David which will rule supreme in all the earth, being God's throne, is spoken of as sapphire, which is blue.
Heaven, Holy Spirit, Water- Mathew 3:16 Holy service- Exodus 28:31, Esther 8:15
LIGHT BLUE-Heaven, Heavenly – Ezek.:26
TURQUOISE (is a bluish green): River of God, sanctification, healing, life-giving, flow of the Holy Spirit, New Jerusalem
PURPLE- Symbolizes Jesus as royalty; believer's royalty; majesty; wealth; power; penitence, the name of God; kingdom authority; dominion, son-ship; the promises of God; inheritance; priesthood. Rev 5:10, Exodus 26:1;36; 27:16; 28:8, II Chron. 3:14; Psalms 24:8; Rev 17:14
RED- Blood, Life, Atonement- Exodus 12:13, Genesis 2:7, Romans 3:25, Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 9:26
GOLD- Divinity, Kingship, Deity (of Jesus Christ)/Divine Nature, the Glory of God-
Colossians 2:9; Exodus 38; Exodus 25:2-8
Yellow- God's Glory, divine nature, holiness, eternal deity, majesty, divine light, trial by fire, mercy, power – Rev. 3:18, Rev. 4:4, Mal: 3:3, 1 Peter: 1:7
Amber-Symbolizes the Glory of God, the Father's heavenly care, fiery passion, flaming throne of God, the temple of God, wisdom
SILVER- Symbolizes paid price for redemption; price of a soul; Word of God; strength; Spirit; Revelation; Grace; The word of God; divinity; wisdom; strengthened faith – Mathew 27:3-8, Job 19:25, Math. 26:15, Exodus 30:16; Mark 10:45
WHITE -Purity, Creator, righteousness acquired through blood of Christ; Bride's Garment, salvation, surrender, holiness, saints, angels, peace, triumph, victory, glory joy, light ; Rev. 4:4, 6:2, Philippians 4:8. Hebrews 12:10, Rev. 15:16
PINK- mixture of white & red, which represents color of healthy flesh; Messiah-intimacy and right relationship; Rose of Sharon; heart of flesh or lust.
(Romans 3:25; Rev. 19:8; Ez. 11:19; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Song 1:2; Matt. 18: 3-5.
FUCHSIA – Rejoice, Gladness, 1 Samuel 2:1, Isaiah 25:9
LILAC- Prince of Peace; - Isaiah 9:6, John 14:26
ORANGE – praise, worship- Psalms 150, Ezekiel 8:2
GREEN – praise, eternal life, vigor, prosperity, mercy, restoration, health, healing, new beginning, freshness, God's holy seed, harvest, sowing and reaping, immortality, fresh oil, new life, joy in hope. Rom. 12:12; Ps. 23:2; Gen. 1:30; Luke 23:31; Rev. 22:2; Ps. 92:14
OLIVE – Anointing – I John2:27; Psalms 45:7
BRONZE – Judgment, Strength- I Peter 4:17, Philippians 4:13
BROWN – Man as we are on earth
BLACK – One of the most commonly used colors in the Bible; describes the color or the middle of the night (Proverbs 7:9); diseased skin ( Job 30:30); healthy hair ( song of Solomon 5:11; Mathew 5:36) corpses' faces ( Lamentations 4:8) the sky ( Jeremiah 4:28); the darkening of the sun and moon (Joel 2:10); horses ( Zechariah 6:2; Rev. 6:5, affliction, calamity, mourning, evil
The color black symbolizes sin, death, and famine
WARFARE BLACK – Gold, Red (these are the colors that are usually exemplified in war)
IRIDESCENT – Fruit of the Spirit ( Rev. 4:3) Over comer, Rainbow Promise, Precious Stones (Rev. 21:7; 4:3, 2:11, 19
Song: 'There is a God in Youl' by Ramin Djawadi