I recently discovered an historical tidbit that I hope will encourage you as much as it did me. Kings of old wore elaborate robes to signify their majesty and authority. The longer the train (the back hem of the robe), the more powerful the king. After a king defeated an army in battle, he would cut off a portion of the defeated king's robe and have it sewn onto the train of his robe. Hence, the longer a King's robe, the more victories he had won! And the more authority he possessed!
All through the Bible, robes bear a special meaning.
- In Exodus you can read God's directions on how to make the priestly robes the Levites would wear as they served in the temple. Every little portion of the robe had deep meaning.
- In 1 Samuel, when Jonathan made a covenant with David, he took off his robe and gave it to him
- Also in 1 Samuel David heartily repented for cutting a slice off of King Saul's robe and thus insulting his authority
- In Esther when she fearfully approached the king to beg for her people's lives, she put on her royal robes
- In Job when he found out all his children had been killed, he tore apart his robe indicating his grief and laying down his authority
- In Ezekiel, the stripping off of robes and laying them aside is a symbol of humbling and submission
- In Matthew, the Roman guards placed a scarlet robe on Jesus to mock him for his claim to be a king
- In Luke when the prodigal son returned, his father put the best robe in the house on him to honor him
- In Revelation, we the saints will be robed in pure white to signify our righteousness before God.
So you see, robes are symbols of love, authority, power, and victory! And the longer the train, the more victorious the King.
Therefore it is said, When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive [He led a train of vanquished foes] and He bestowed gifts on men. Ephesians 4:8 Amplified
verything we bring to God is covered by His victorious robe. Every problem, struggle, sin, weakness, and fear we bring to Him is defeated. God's Robe signifies the defeat of the enemy, His Blood seals our redemption and our righteousness (past, present; and future).
We are covered by the robe of the King who has conquered death! And there's more than enough room beneath it for all of us!