Posted by: peebles | March 27, 2012

Genesis 37:3 (NIV) ~ Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

Within the nation of Scotland there are many clans, each one with its own tartan. It identifies each clan by their family name. Also each one has a coat of arms to identify their family crest. Within the nation of Israel there are many tribes, with each tribe having their own colour of banner. They also have their own symbol which would relate to and identify their tribe. When Jacob had a robe made for Joseph, can you imagine the richly ornamented robe filled with every colour from every tribe of Israel? Therefore, when Joseph put it on, his brothers saw him wearing their identity, their tribe’s colours which were in their banners. Furthermore, when a man wore a royal robe, it was made of a certain colour symbolising his kingship, authority and power over the people. Joseph was prophetically saying, by wearing such a robe, “I will be your ruler, I am wearing your colours, I am the one with the royal robe. My cloak is richly ornamented for everyone to see.” Moreover, when he told his brothers his dream that he would one day rule over them and that they would all bow down before him, while wearing his richly ornamented robe, his brothers became very jealous of him and hated him yet the more.

My friend, we all rally under one banner, we all follow the same LORD. I once read a message on a t-shirt which said, “God loves everyone, but I’m His favourite.” There is no room for gloating. We all wear royal robes we don’t deserve, and we all are loved equally by our heavenly Father. We are united under Christ our King. If one person has been blessed with something, we should never become jealous, but we rejoice in their favour from the LORD. It is not, nor should it ever be, a competition in our walk with the LORD. If someone is given a mantle (a cloak or robe) from the Lord, let us rejoice together and let us support them and pray for them. So when God gives you a mantle (a cloak or robe), you in turn, will receive that same support in your life and ministry, without someone feeling jealous or having any animosity towards you. In this way we will all be encouraged to fulfil our dreams and our calling with the support and blessing of the brethren.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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