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Scarf of Pride
Series: Scarves of White - Replacing Our Issues With The Covering Of Christ
''When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.'' - Proverbs 11:2
The color purple, in the Bible, stands for royalty. The Proverbs 31 woman was clothed in fine linen and purple. Lydia, of the New Testament, sold purple garments. And King Solomon included purple into the veil of the temple. Purple is rich and beautiful, and symbolizes ornamental grace.
Look at these interesting facts from history:
Some Native Americans view purple as a sign of wisdom.
In Japan it symbolizes wealth and power.
In Egypt it can be a sign of virtue and faith.
Here in America we honor soldiers with the purple heart of bravery.
Ancient Rome allowed only emperors and magistrates to wear the color purple. Any other uses of it was punishable by death.
And here is a random one…The planet Jupiter is sometimes referred to as the purple planet.
For our issue of pride, I chose purple to symbolize the self-designated royalty of our thoughts and attitudes.
Picture with me, for a minute, ''Lady Pride.'' She holds her head high and looks down her nose at others. Judgment is usually her first reaction. She is critical, hard to please, and easily offended. Impatience is often a part of her wardrobe.
Proverbs says that pride comes before a fall. Maybe it's because Lady Pride is so focused on keeping her head held high, she doesn't see the dip in the road. Down she goes, eventually, for the scarf of pride can only be worn so long.
As we deal with our scarves of purple, I just want to say that all of us struggle with pride in one way or another. For some of us it is a passing moment and we take it to God and move on. But for others, it is a persistent sin issue. We may not even realize how ingrained pride is, until the fall comes.
I want us to look at King Hezekiah from the Old Testament and how pride slipped in…pride that would eventually reap destruction.
Please read 2 Kings 20:1-19
Hezekiah was shown great mercy by God and given fifteen more years to live and reign. However, the enemy swooped in, pouncing on the opportunity.
Ladies, he knew exactly who the gift bearing messengers were. Babylon had been around since Genesis and the tower of Babel. Known for its ruthless and domineering ways, the visit should have been a major red flag for Hezekiah.
I find it interesting that when Isaiah asked him where the messengers were from, Hezekiah first said, ''From a distant land…''
Do you suppose he was trying to soften the hard truth that they were from Babylon?
However, Hezekiah's next statement is very brazen, as if he suddenly lost all pretense.
''They saw everything in my palace. There is nothing among my trea ...
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