Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 16, 2014

Bells and Pomegranates All Around the Robe; Joy and Love All Around Our Worship Services

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 39:22-26.

“22 Then he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue; 23 and the opening of the robe was at the top in the center, as the opening of a coat of mail, with a binding all around its opening, so that it would not be torn. 24 They made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material and twisted linen on the hem of the robe. 25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe, 26 alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe for the service, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” Exodus 39:22-26.

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Is there significance to the bells and pomegranates that were on the bottom of the robe?

Before searching, I thought that would be verses showing bells to be part of the worship service. But, I did not see any such references.

Regarding pomegranates, there were a few references, mostly in the Song of Solomon to show love. Here a few examples.

“Your lips are like a scarlet thread, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate Behind your veil.” Song of Solomon 4:3.

“Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.” Song of Solomon 7:12.

“I would lead you and bring you Into the house of my mother, who used to instruct me; I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.” Song of Solomon 8:12.

10 “How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!

How much better is your love than wine,

And the fragrance of your oils

Than all kinds of spices!

11 “Your lips, my bride, drip honey;

Honey and milk are under your tongue,

And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

12 “A garden locked is my sister, my bride,

A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.

13 “Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates

With choice fruits, henna with nard plants,

14 Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,

With all the trees of frankincense,

Myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices.

15 “You are a garden spring,

A well of fresh water,

And streams flowing from Lebanon.” Song of Solomon 4:10.

After this review and my thought, I now conclude that the bells and pomegranates are symbols of joy and love. Bells represent joy as we usually ring bells to express joy. And, pomegranates represent love as shown above in the Song of Solomon.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5.

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.” Psalm 5:11.

As there were alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe, our worship services all around will alternately show the LORD’s joy and love toward us and our joy and love to the LORD.

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