Monday, February 12, 2024

An All Age Talk on Jumpers for the Diocesan Year of the New Testament


Old and New Testament Jumpers and Key Gospel Truths

Old Testament jumpers – no mixed fibres, holiness, separateness

Leviticus 19:19 - “You shall keep my statutes…. You shall not you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.

Deuteronomy 22:11 - “You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together.”


The basic idea of holiness is separation, distinctness, to be set apart as special, separate from all sin


It was never about jumpers that God was principally concerned!


The clothing is a picture of the people of God.


The holiness and purity of the people of God.


New Testament jumpers


New Testament: ceremonial law abolished (Jesus declared all foods clean, for example. The curtain in the temple torn in two by God, the temple destroyed in AD 70 etc.)


Of course the church must continue to be distinct and holy (salt etc.)


But your jumper can now contain mixed fibres!


And likewise the church contains people of every tribe and language and people and nation made one by faith in Christ and set apart from the world.


In the New Testament there is a new welcome, a new radical inclusion in Christ who makes us holy and overcomes our divisions. This multicoloured, variegated church of black and white, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, etc. etc. displays the manifold wisdom of God.


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