I wrote the following on pages 64-65 in Looking Glass, The City God Loves:
To the right of the East Gate, I found this amazing picture. The man looks so lifelike, you could almost reach out and touch his beard.
In the Old Testament, priests wore linen garments (Exodus 28:1-5, 39-40). Apparently, flax requires a lot of water to grow. Then, there is a detailed process to fashion it into the fabric known as linen. Since foreign particles like lint cannot attach to it easily, the linen is clean and pure. The purity reminds us of those who have been forgiven of sin.
Interestingly enough, once a year the high priest entered the holy of holies while wearing white linen garments. This took place on the Day of Atonement. In Leviticus 16:3-4, it says, "This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on."
As we know well, Jesus is the "great high priest who has ascended into heaven" (Hebrews 4:14). Yesterday, while I was writing, it suddenly occurred to me that the person in the photo could be Jesus!
I wrote the following on pages 68-69:
The picture of the Lord as Priest is the tiniest of the three images. It is probably 1/64 of an inch or smaller. Sometimes the smaller the image, the more detailed the picture.
When I first discovered the picture above, I didn't know what to think of His nose. It looks like a string or a branch is growing from the tip of it. The other night I came across Zechariah 3:8, which says, "Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch." Before the angel of the Lord spoke this to Joshua, he clothed him with fine garments and a clean turban (vv. 4-5). In Exodus 19:5-6, the Lord says to Moses, "Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." In Zechariah 3, Joshua represents Israel. Instead of filthy clothes (Israel's sins), Joshua receives fine garments to wear.
I wrote the following on pages 70-71:
A day will come for the crowning of the King-Priest. In Zechariah 6:12-13, the Lord Almighty says, "Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two." The Branch, of course, is the Messiah Jesus Christ.
If you focus on the white in the center of the picture, it provides a bright background for several people. A woman's profile in on the left, and she is facing a man on the right. Several other people are on the right as well. The woman's hair is up, and the man has a beard. Their images take up most of the picture. What a wonderful example of the intricacies of God's artwork!
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