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Gene dropped into a chair in the employee lounge with a grunt. “I never thought I’d earn combat pay on this job. Go figure!”
“What do you mean? It’s not that busy,” another retail coworker commented.
“It was the red light special. Apparel has tank tops on sale for $1.00,” Gene panted, “If the flying tops had been bullets, I’d be dead! They were everywhere: women and flying tank tops! Two hit me in the chest, three at my feet; one at my head! It was hand to tank combat! I’ve never seen anything like it!”
Clothes. In the Bible, clothes are mentioned continually as booty after a conquest as well as valuable gifts. Isaac wooed Rebekah with gold, silver jewelry, articles of clothing as well as expensive gifts for the girl’s brother and mother. [Genesis 24:53]
When Joseph was prime minister in Egypt and his brothers came for grain during a famine, Joseph identified himself as their brother, gave each a new set of clothes, but to his younger brother Benjamin, he gave five sets of clothes. [Genesis 45:22].
Even Samson offered a sweet prize to any who could answer his riddle: “Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet.” He promised thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes to any who could answer within seven days. [Judges 14:13-14].
Without machines to weave and sew the fabric, it was time and labor intensive to come up with even a loincloth. Today, clothes fill closets, laundry hampers, garage sales and thrift stores. Oh, the garments started off as the perfect outfit for a date, work or business meeting, vacation togs, or even a costume. Some even sport designer labels. But all wear out and end up in places where they are not regarded with any more value than paint rags.
With outlet stores carrying overstock and clearance garments for less than the cost of fabric, it is easy for anyone today to respond, “Clothes. Big deal.”
But the Bible also talks of another kind of clothing that is priceless, permanent and free.
How can that be?
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” [Isaiah 61:10] Written more than 2500 years ago, those words ring true today.
Do clothes make the man or woman? In the case of garments of salvation, it does. That’s how God clothes each in rich garments who love, obey and accept him. Nice to know those priceless clothes never wear out and have more value than any designer label.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available where print books and e-books are sold. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now released for pre-sales on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords as well as print coming soon. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]