“Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
“And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them.” – Numbers 15:38-39
In the Scriptures garments are symbols of those principles which clothe the soul. So in the Word we often find directions as to what kind of clothes people should wear. There is the command not to wear a garment of linen and woolen together, for a woman not to wear the garment of a man, for a man’s garment not to be kept as a pledge after the sun has gone down, and now the law before us: that a fringe should be made to the garment, and on the fringe a ribband of blue.
To teach us how to give the soul such a dress that it may be beautiful in the sight of the angels in heaven the Lord says, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.”
The chief use of clothing is for defense against the chills and variations of the weather, and there are, of course, other uses, such as for the promotion of beauty, and for the distinction of office.
The soul has its summers and winters and varying seasons, as we read in Zechariah of the living waters flowing out from Jerusalem, “in summer and in winter shall it be.” There are times of sunshine and warmth in the soul, when we are in states of happiness and peace; and there are times when our love is cold, and life seems joyless and sad, when the storms of doubt and fear afflict. The truths of Word will be a comfort and blessing in times of joy and of sorrow, in sickness and in health, in summer and in winter; and we should know that the Lord in His mercy has provided us with this spiritual clothing.