A RIBBAND OF BLUE
We understand that through Moses, God delivered to Israel knowledge about His Sabbaths; plural, meaning both weekly and annual Sabbaths. Keeping the Sabbaths was and is a sign of the special relationship between God and His people. It is easy to remember this special sign since we experience it at least once every week.
But an equally important sign is perhaps not as easy to keep in mind, and therefore, God provided a means to be reminded. He provided a mechanism to remember that keeping all ten of the Commandments is also a sign of God’s people, not just the fourth. God gave specific instruction, as an example, that Israel was to write the Commandments on the doorposts of their homes as a reminder. Most brethren do have some form of the written Commandments posted somewhere in their homes. Many are not aware, however, that God also gave instruction that would remind His people of this special sign every time they got dressed for the day. Israel was instructed to sew a “ribband of blue” as the KJV says, at the borders of their clothing. This word ribband is only used this one time in the entire Bible, and means quite simply, that a thread or lace was to be sewn at a hemline as a reminder to its wearer of the importance of the Commandments.
I do not know of anyone who has done that in all the scattered Church and I am wondering if anyone has attempted to comply with this simple instruction. What is so hard about sewing a blue stitch at the cuff, collar, or hem of our clothing? It seems obvious that the stitch is not intended to make a statement to others, since it is so small. But it would be up close and personal for us individually. We are all aware of the powerful words of an Apostle in the New Testament that tells us that God level love is perfectly expressed and validated in the Ten Commandments.
The color blue was an intricate part of the High Priest’s clothing, with a blue lace as a means to fasten a unique plate to the Priests golden crown. The plate had the words ‘Holiness to the Lord’ inscribed on it. It seems to this author that this meant that the way to a crown was through the holiness of the Commandments. Even more important to us is that the Temple Vail was highlighted in blue. The Vail was the way into the Holy of Holies, and it should be obvious that the use of the color blue would be a reference, by interpretation, that the keeping of the Commandments was, and is, also a necessary aspect of entering God’s realm.
Considering the important spiritual meaning of the color blue, it could not be wrong to sew a blue stitch into one’s garments, perhaps even some light decorative blue embroidery. I wonder, however, if it could be wrong not to do so?