Chapter 2: Clothed in Fine White Linen

Welcome to Chapter 2 of Arise and Shine: Beloved, You are Mine. This week we invite you to join us, daily, in bringing forward the free will offering of pure white linen: the white garments Jesus has promised to clothe us in, as we overcome in His Name. 

Today, Bettie Gilbert introduces us to chapter 2 and the free will offering of white linen, as she looks at its function in the Old Temple. Through a personal story, she shares how Jesus showed her that this now mirrors Christ’s hemming in, as He lovingly invites us to be set apart unto Him to be clothed in His purity in our surrender to His beautiful purposes.

Exodus 35:5-6 Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord:blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen  

Rev 15:6  And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 

Rev 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 

Rev 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 

I woke with a start, my heart pounding wildly. The dream had been so vivid, that I felt I was still there, traveling along the roadway. Or rather next to the highway, as I had found myself stumbling along in a ditch while the cars whizzed past above me on the super highway.  From within the whirring, I heard a voice beckoning me to come, to follow Him along the way.  But my heart cried out: “How can I God?  I can’t keep up with all of the traffic! You know how slowly I have been forced to stumble through this ditch!”  

From within the noise I heard His still, small voice and recognized His loving, caring heart. “My daughter, I have only asked that you follow ME. You are not hindered from coming along with me. I have not asked you to keep up with anyone else, only follow Me.”

More than a year later, the dream is still so vivid that I can feel the whirring of the cars above me. The feeling of being left behind is just as vivid also, perhaps even more so, as I have almost exhausted the possible course of treatments available for this chronic disease my body carries.  Night after night, the cries for mercy have been lifted to Heaven. 

Why are these side effects so unbearable? Why is my body unable to tolerate the medications that would bring me wholeness?

I felt my heart’s longing to be able to keep up with the rest of the world that I saw around me. I recognized that old longing from the dream being uncovered here in this season of waiting. But as I saw my true heart being uncovered, there was a deeper longing that Jesus now was meeting. A longing that could not have been met unless I was slowed down, called into the place of His holiness.

What if this fence before me now
The one that feels like a prison around my soul
And surrounds my day with a blinding of eyes
What if this fence before me now
Is not here to keep me in
But is meant to keep away the evil one?

What if this fence before me now
The one that seems to close up fellowship
And cuts me off from knowing where I fit in
What if this fence before me now
Is not here to cut me off
But is a gate to invite others in?

What if that fence before them there
The one God’s people carried on their journey
And set up tall with curtained rooms
What if that fence before them there
Was not a room to cut off God
But a sanctuary to see His face?

The CLOUD by day
The PILLAR by night
And the FACE of Moses
RADIANT before them.

What if the fence before you now
The one that stops your feet from running
And cordons off the highway zones
What if the fence before you now
Is not a sentence of death
But the doorway to life eternal?

Exodus 26:31-33 “You shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. “You shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, their hooks also being of gold, on four sockets of silver. “You shall hang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring in the ark of the testimony there within the veil; and the veil shall serve for you as a partition between the holy place and the holy of holies.”

Hebrews 10:19-20 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh”

Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Is there a fence around you now? Can you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the longings that are within that very fence? What is the word He is giving to you there, in that place of HIS holiness?

I pray that we might rest with this song, and let the praises of our Holy God fill our hearts as we wait on Him:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Oh, Lord our Lord how majestic is your Name, and how pure are your ways! Thank You for showing us Your purity through the gift of Your spotless Lamb, Your own dear Son.  How can we comprehend the gift that You bring to us, when You tell us that You will clothe us with that same purity?

We come before You today and lay our disappointments before You. We confess that we are tired of feeling cut off and left out. Thank You that You understand every feeling we lift before You. Thank You that there is no condemnation here, but only a calling to be drawn closer into Your heart. You alone carry every longing, and You alone are the One who knows how to fulfill our heart’s cry.

Jesus will You reveal to us the truth of where You have placed us? We want to be wrapped up in Your holiness. We want to realize that You have set us apart unto YOURSELF, and have made us spotless before You. We open our hearts in this very place. Flood us with the beauty of Your radiance. 

In Jesus Name we pray,

Amen.

Join us here daily this week for new posts centered on the free will offering of pure white linen.

Day 1: Turn Toward (a devotional, poem & prayer by Anna Smit)

Day 2: Will You Take My Hand? (a poem by Bettie Gilbert)

Day 3: I Will Not Leave You Orphaned (a poem & prayer by Anna Smit)

Day 4: In Returning and Rest (a devotional and poem by Anna Smit)

Day 5: Christ’s Inward Searching & Knowing (a prayer and poem by Anna Smit)

Day 6: Eternity Glowing (a poem by Anna Smit)

Day 7: Gates of Praise (a poem by Anna Smit)

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