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” ‘And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.’ These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.” – Revelation 11:3-4
How much thought did you give to what you are wearing today? Did you dress to impress, or simply to present yourself as someone with reasonable grooming habits. Today’s passage mentions two spokesmen for God who show up wearing, of all things, sackcloth. What they wore (and what you wear) is part of the message.
Sackcloth had three purposes in the Bible when it was used for clothing. Picture burlap, a potato sack with the arms cut out. Feel the itchy roughness that would irritate your skin. Wearing sackcloth was a complete and total disregard for how someone looked. Burlap preserved the modesty of covering while telling the world something was seriously wrong. You would really stand out if you showed up at church next Sunday in sackcloth. You would be telling us, “I don’t really care about what I look like right now. I’ve got more important and troubling things on my mind.”
Bible people wore sackcloth for three reasons:
That’s why they put on sackcloth.
You may not have put on sackcloth this morning, but you may feel like you need to at this point. Remember, however, that God doesn’t evaluate what we’re wearing, but rather He evaluates our hearts (see First Samuel 16:7). Wearing sackcloth isn’t as crucial as the state of your soul. If you draw near to God in repentance and concern for His Kingdom and righteousness today, you won’t have to worry about what you’re wearing.
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