Monday, September 16, 2013

Your Coat of Many Colors

Genesis 37:3 (NKJV) Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.

There is a beautiful picture in this verse; it reveals the love of God toward the body of Christ.

Joseph's father gave him a coat of many colors. When you combine all colors together, they become white. If you have software in your computer that allows you to make custom colors, you will see this if you adjust all colors up to maximum. Black, on the other hand is the absence of any color. A coat of many colors speaks of a pure white covering.

Our Father gave us a coat, pure, brilliant, and white---by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This is symbolic of a spot-free covering of righteousness.

Israel (also known as Jacob), gave his son the coat as an act of love. Like Joseph: we are precious to our Father.

If you read the story of Joseph, you will see that he faced terrible circumstances, yet Joseph never turned away from God. He knew his father loved him, he also knew God loved him. Throughout his trials, the Bible says the Lord was with him (Ge 39:2, 3, 21, 23).

A pattern I noticed in the story is the fact that his enemy kept trying to take his coat. First was his brothers (1), then Potiphar's wife (2). They even tried to substitute it (3). Nevertheless, Pharaoh clothed him again, in garments of fine linen (4).

This is a picture of the enemy trying to steel our righteous covering with lies. If we believe the lies, we feel condemned and we separate ourselves from God. If we separate ourselves, God cannot bless us.

In the end, Joseph was promoted. Jesus says in Revelation 3:5, "He who overcomes shall be [being] clothed in white garments ..." Jesus has provided us with a coat of many colors. The enemy will try to take it from us. As long as we know we are loved, like Joseph, the enemy cannot keep our glorious garment.

You may be facing incredible trials. You have received a coat of many colors. This covering prepares you for advancement. It positioned Joseph for promotion. He became second to Pharaoh only in regards to the throne (5).

Be blessed! 
(1) Genesis 37:23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.
(2) Genesis 39:12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.
(3) Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.
(4) Luke 1:34-35 "The Holy Spirit will come upon you [Mary], and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God."
(5) Genesis 41:40 Only in regard to the throne will I [the Pharaoh] be greater than you."

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