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[The Economy of God]-Chapter22-Part10

Following the layer of goats’ hair is a layer of rams’ skins, dyed red. The color red means the shedding of blood in Christ’s redemptive work. He was the sinless One, who was made sin for us to bear our sins—this simple sentence explains the first three layers. The first layer typifies Him as the sinless One, the second that He was made sin for us, and the third layer signifies that He bore our sins and shed His blood to redeem us.

After the rams’ skins dyed red, there is the fourth layer, which becomes the outer covering. This covering is formed of badgers or seals’ skins, which are very strong; it can stand against any kind of weather, any kind of attack. The outer covering is not so attractive in appearance and is somewhat rough. Today, Christ is not outwardly pleasant to the worldly people: He looks just like the strong badgers’ skin, unappealing in its outward appearance. Yet, though He is not so comely without, He is beautiful, wonderful, and heavenly within. He is not like today’s Christianity with her huge, beautiful buildings—outwardly pretentious, but inwardly and spiritually ugly, empty, and sometimes corrupted. The worldly Christian organizations are indeed ugly. Within the proper church, the building of God, there is something heavenly and beautiful, yet without it is humble and rough, having no comeliness or beauty.