The robes of Jesus.
The Jews were forbidden by law to wear any garment made of a mix of wool and linen. Only this mix was forbidden. Any other combination of materials was excepted.
The robe, cloak, or sometimes called a mantel, was a large loose-fitting garment. It was worn for both warmth and appearance. It existed in two varieties, the me-il, and the simlah.
The Me-il was a long, loose-sleeved robe, worn by men of official position, ministers, educators, and the wealthy. A robe of the professions, a dress of dignity, culture, and distinction.
The Simlah was the large, loose-fitting sleeveless cloak. Arab shepherds and peasants would be seen wearing this garment. It was warn in the day, and wrapped about the owner by night for warmth. These robes were not to be taken as a pledge unless returned to the owner by sundown.
How many robes did Jesus wear from the last supper, until He died on the cross?
Jesus wore 4 robes?
Robe #1 When Jesus sat at bread with His disciples, He removed his outer garments, = (His robe) took a towel, and girded himself.
Having removed his robe, Jesus took on the dress of a servant. He poured water into a basin and proceeded to washed the disciples feet. Jesus then wiped their feet with a towel, this was the towel He had girded himself with. After he had washed their feet, he took His garments, and put them on.
Robe # 2. Luke 23:10-11, "The chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him = (Jesus.) And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, = (treated Jesus with contempt) and mocked him, and arrayed = (dressed) him = (Jesus) in gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate." This "gorgeous robe" was a radiant, white robe.
Robe #3. Matt. 27:28, "Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, = (governor's headquarters) and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe." Verse 31, "And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment = (clothes) on him."
Robe #4. John 19:1, "Pilate, therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted = (twisted) a crown of thorns, and put it on his = (Jesus) head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote = (struck) him with their hands."
What materials were used for robes? and was their any significance in the colors?
These garments, or habits, were fabricated from various materials. Wool was generally used for finer fabrics and the hair of goats, camels, and even horse hair were used for the manufacture of coarser garments.
Sackcloth was manufactured from black goat's hair. This robe was a course garment made for the purpose of, or for the show of grief, such as the loss of a loved one.
In Egypt and Syria they wore robes made of fine linen, cotton, and byssus, which was probably a fine muslin from India. This being the finest cloth known in the ancient world.
People of distinction could be seen wearing robes made of silk, and other rich cloth, they being shaded with the choicest colors, decorated by feathered work, and embroidered with gold.
White garment were the most common. These robes had not been dyed, but remaining the native color of the natural wool. White was not confined to the lower order of the population, but was held in great esteem among those of superior position, and were highly valued in Scripture as the emblem of knowledge, purity, gladness victory, grace and glory.
The priests of the god Baal, wore black, this color being common to them. Others of these pagan population would chose not to wear black except in mourning.
Was there a significance in the various colors of robes?
Scarlet robes were of a bright red color. This color could be seen on Jewish nobles and courtiers. Courtiers were those who attended the courts of princes. These scarlet colored robe were worn for both the greater and more solemn occasions. These robes had been dyed with a shrub, whose red berries gave an bright orient tinge to the cloth.
Then we have the crimson or vermilion. This is a deep red color. These robes were mainly dyed in the city of Tyre. The color was attained from the liquid of a shellfish, that could be found in the sea, or obtained from certain insects.
Robes of many colors were worn by the children of wealthy and noble families. This mark of distinction could be traced back to Joseph, who was arrayed by his father in a coat of many colors.
These robes were reserved for kings daughters who were virgins. Tamar, the virgin daughter of David wore a garment of many colors, but after being raped by her brother, she tore the garment.
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com