Lesson 5 – The Father’s Garments
THE FATHER’S GARMENTS
Garments are a necessity to live a good life. They were created to receive God’s anointing while covering our flesh. Exodus 30:32 Garments tell a story about the person wearing them. They can be beautiful and make the one who wears them look good or be of poor quality and design, making the wearer look badly dressed.
Fathers should wear the garment which was given to them years ago by their father, and in turn, they should create a garment that they designed for us. Proverbs 22:1 It should be tailor-made to fit us, and we should wear it with great respect. Joseph received the gift of his father’s love in a new tunic. Genesis 37:3 There are many truths we can learn from a father’s garments.
GARMENTS GIVE TESTIMONY
Love must be expressed or it will die. Jacob wanted to express his love for Joseph by giving him a “tunic of many colors.” Joseph was born late in Jacob’s life by the one woman he truly loved, his beloved Rachel. This beautiful coat spoke of royalty and one who had the right to rule. Jacob’s older sons by Leah, his first wife, had been a great disappointment to him by their carnal attitudes and immorality. They had disqualified themselves to become spiritual leaders of the family, and Jacob wanted everyone to know Joseph would take his place as a priest of the family.
Of course, Jacob’s actions didn’t endear Joseph to his brothers or make them happy. Joseph was a fine young man but was immature, pampered, and proud. His new coat only increased his brother’s jealousy of him. His coat became a symbol of their failure, so they conspired to destroy both him and his coat. At their first opportunity, they stripped him of the coat, sold him as a slave and dipped his coat in the blood of a goat to deceive their father into thinking Joseph was dead. Jacob was deceived by the blood-stained coat.
GARMENTS GIVE HONOR
Sin is ugly. It exposes our nakedness and brings shame. The first act of religion was Adam and Eve making themselves coverings from the wilting leaves of a fig tree in a futile attempt to prove they had done nothing wrong, but their effort was fruitless. It was only through the blood sacrifice of an innocent animal that God could cover their shame. Genesis 3:7, 21 God made them garments to cover their nakedness.
Because of the sinful nature of our flesh, the holy anointing oil wasn’t to be poured on any man’s flesh. Exodus 30:32 It was to be poured on the “holy garments” of the High Priest. God commanded special garments to be made for the priests. They were made for “glory and for beauty.” Exodus 28:2 The thing which sin had destroyed was restored by the priestly garments. “The holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons’ after him, to be anointed in them and to be consecrated in them.” Exodus 29:29 The priestly garments absorbed the oil, thereby preserving the anointing. Every new generation must experience its own anointing, and each anointing should produce a greater level of God’s presence because the garment also carries the anointing from his father’s ordination. It’s a generational anointing.
When God instructed Elijah to anoint Elisha as a prophet in his place, instead of Elijah pouring oil on Elisha he simply placed the anointed mantle over Elisha’s shoulders. The anointing was in the mantle, and when Elijah was carried into heaven, he dropped the mantle back for Elisha to wear. Because Elisha wore the mantle of Elijah, he received a double portion of anointing and was able to do twice as many miracles.
The last act of Moses before the death of Aaron was to “strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son.” Numbers 20:26 When the people saw Eleazar wearing his father’s garments, they knew Aaron was dead and a new generation of ministry had begun.
GARMENTS GIVE COMFORT
Winter brings uncomfortable cold temperatures. Paul was in prison and winter was approaching when he wrote to Timothy to come quickly and “bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas.” II Timothy 4:9, 13 We don’t miss our coats until the weather turns cold. Paul had left his coat behind during the warm weather, but he knew that he wouldn’t survive the coming cold without his coat. This was his coat, his covering. Everyone needs a covering, especially when the weather gets bad. A good covering provides protection from the storms of life. The reason the woman in Proverbs 31:21 wasn’t afraid of the cold was that she had clothed her household in scarlet.
Fathers provide coats for their sons, but sometimes, fathers need sons who will bring their coat to them. Paul was in a place where he couldn’t care for himself, but because of his relationship with Timothy, he received his coat.
Every new generation needs to receive their father’s garments!