Colors in the Bible
We live in a beautiful world with a magnificent variety of different colors. When we look at a color, it often makes us feel a certain way, which is why many people feel connected to mood rings or other colors that may be associated with their birthstone.
Colors in the Bible can be very symbolic and while we may never notice the significance of certain things being certain colors (such as a priest’s robe or church decoration), they all have a very special meaning attached to them usually derived from scripture.
To delve deeper into this, let’s take a closer look at them starting with the primary colors, which are the three base colors that cannot be created from any other colors, including red, yellow, and blue, so we can see the message that God may be trying to convey to us this day, just as he did to Noah through a rainbow many years ago.
“Red is the color of the blood that He shed…..” A verse from the coloring song, a Bible camp song that myself, as well as many others I’m sure grew up with.
In this song, the color red stands for the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made as a human for the rest of humanity.
It is also symbolic of sacrifice in Exodus when the Hebrews had to slaughter a lamb and paint the top of their door in blood so that the angel of death would pass over them.
Before Jesus died for us on the cross, the old testament way of doing things involved sacrificing the best of your flock to atone for your sins, so in this way red is symbolic of the cleansing of sins even before the ultimate sacrifice.
One translation from the Hebrew word adam means “to be red,” which is in reference to our skin tone. Therefore, we can see that red stands not only for sacrifice in multiple instances, but for our humanity as well and these are connected through Jesus’ coming down to earth as a human and sacrificing himself on the cross.
Ever since that ultimate sacrifice, the color red serves as a symbol that we no longer need to do anything more than ask Him who died for us for forgiveness.
Blue and Purple
Blue and purple are known for representing the heavens and being a healing power.
The reason they are known to represent the heavens is that the sky is blue, and its holiness is further supported by Exodus 24:10 where Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the 70 elders of Israel all see God walk down on a sapphire stone, “…as if it were the body of heaven in its clearness.”
The color blue is also associated with healing powers according to Luke 8:40-48 where a woman with an issue concerning blood touched the hem of the garment of Jesus and she was healed.
Blue is also used in fine clothing in the bible on numerous occasions, often indicating status as either a king or a high-level priest. I have included both blue and purple in this section as they are always used in the same verses and/or context. This may partly be due to the fact that the Hebrew translation of blue is “tekelets,” which also may mean purple (see Ezekiel 26:3).
Yellow in most cases is associated with gold, which represents the sovereignty of God.
Solomon built much of his majestic temple with this in mind and overlaid everything in the temple with gold. 1 Peter 1:7 says this: “..the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. “
As yellow is also associated with fire, we can also say that it represents the purification process. This makes sense in conjunction with the temple being made of gold, as a temple is meant to be a place of purity.
In the book of Revelations, New Jerusalem is referred to as a city of pure gold (note how gold is again associated with being pure). Deuteronomy 4:24 references fire as being the presence of God or God himself.
This yellow is also often seen shining through the faces of angels and Jesus, not necessarily contrasting, but coinciding and even co-existing. The clouds in the sky would not be white if it were not for the light of the sun reflecting onto them, which may be somewhat symbolic of how Jesus’ robe and the angels’ robes are presented as white, shining through their celestial faces while highlighting the purity of the white on the robe.