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Continuing our series on colors in the Bible, today, we will examine yellow in the Bible. (If you’ve missed the previous posts, you can find them here: Red , yellow, green,white, black and Blue). (For an overview of colors in the Bible, see this post).
The Bible is rich in symbolism and color is no exception. Yellow, is, in my opinion, one of the most significant colors as it is believed to symbolize faith and Glory of God, anointing, and Joy. Gold and yellow are often associated or used interchangeably in the Bible.
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What few people know is that not only is yellow the most visible color of the spectrum, its high reflectance of light allows it to act as a secondary light source. It is the first wavelength of light processed by the human eye (which belies its use in certain signage and on some emergency rescue vehicles). Our peripheral vision (the ability to see side or fringe areas when we look straight ahead) is 2 1/2 times higher for it than for red.
Significance of Yellow in the Bible
Yellow is the color of glory, which is the glow or shining of something that is releasing energy. There was a glow associated with the Shekinah Glory in the Tabernacle and the Golden Lampstand. The production of good works requires the release of energy. The radiance of light production is represented by yellow. Since human life radiates a glory, then yellow is also a color for life. The strength, or capacity, of life is also represented by yellow.
Yellow and gold are also the color of fire. Fire represents the presence of God (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29) and God’s refining process.
Therefore, yellow represents the joy, the presence of God, and God’s anointing, whereas gold represents God’s holiness, divine nature, and his majesty. Gold and or yellow cloth is sometimes used in the place of white to celebrate the holiest days of the year (i.e., Easter and Christmas).
Fire is primarily yellow (and orange) in color and gold is the most precious of metals and has a similar appearance.
Jesus told the “lukewarm” church of Laodicea
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. – Revelation 3:18
And, of course, Peter wrote
These have come so that 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 – 1 Peter 1:7
We all know, as well, that God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. There are so many references to gold or yellow I the Bible, but I want to point out just a few of the ones I feel are most relevant.
Click below for a partial list of Bible verses about yellow and gold in the Bible.
Gold is a precious metal valued for its beauty and workability. The temple was arrayed in gold, so it is no surprise that the New Jerusalem is described as being made of gold (Revelation 21:18, Revelation 21:21).
Yellow is referenced in the Bible by the Hebrew word charuts, which refers to the precious metal gold. Gold represents the sovereignty of God. In the Old Testament, Solomon had the Temple built and overlaid in gold, even down to the priest’s utensils (1 Kings 6). At Jesus’ birth, one of the gifts He received was gold (Matthew 2:11).
In the KJV Bible, at least two Hebrew words translate to our English word ‘yellow’:
Yellow is represented by two Hebrew words: charuts, referring to gold alloyed with silver or of sick skin (Psalm 68:13); and tsahob, referring to the color of hair or a patch of skin indicating leprosy (Leviticus 13:30).
Definition: gleaming, yellow
Original Word: צָהֹב
In Greek translations, we find at least three words that translate to yellow:
Definition: a chrysolite (a yellow gem)
Original Word: χρυσόλιθος, ου, ὁ
Definition: a chrysoprase (a greenish-yellow gem)
Original Word: χρυσόπρασος, ου, ὁ
Definition: orichalcum, or frankincense of a yellow color
Original Word: χαλκολίβανον, ου, τό
The actual word “yellow” is only found four times in scripture. All in Leviticus; all related to leprosy or to our spiritually dead and dying condition. Think about it, when leaves start to change color in the fall, they turn from green to yellow. It only makes sense that yellow would signify a spiritually dying condition.
So, we know that yellow in the human body is not a sign of strength. Yellow teeth may represent the first stage of decay. Yellow in the body may also represent jaundice and bitterness (Job 16:13; Acts 8:23)
But variations of the word yellow, sometimes with the connotation of gold are found throughout. Here are a few verses which illustrate this:
The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.
Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;
God comes in awesome majesty.
Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
All of the above verses use the word “zahab”, which is a variation of gold/yellow in the Bible in the Hebrew text.
For a great video about the meaning of yellow in the Bible:
Have you ever dreamed about the color yellow? Perhaps God is trying to tell you something.
Here’s a quick overview:
When dreaming of the color yellow the bible describes this color as having a spirit of wisdom and the Glory of God.
When dreaming of the color amber the bible describes this color as being fire, which represents God’s glory, the brilliance of His presence and His judgments. This dream may also be indicating that the dreamer or someone in the dream is receiving a visitation from the Lord.
Dreams with positive connotations about the color yellow
This color in a dream could represent the fire of God revealing Himself in a more intimate and personal way. The bible also illustrates amber as being the color of fire which consumes or devours but will not burn. (For our God is a consuming fire.)
(Ezekiel 1:4; 1:27-28; 8:2; II Corinthians 4:6, Revelation 21:23; Hebrews 12:29)
Dreams with negative connotations about the color yellow
The color amber could represent God’s fury, judgments and rebukes toward one’s life or ministry because of sinful nature and wicked heart. (To render His anger with fury and His rebukes with flames of fire.)
(Genesis 19:24, II Kings 1:10-14, Isaiah 66:15, II Thessalonians 1:7-8)
You can learn more in this post by Joshua Media Ministries.
Yellow in the Bible, as with most other colors, has deep significance. Did you learn something new today? If so, tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
If you are looking for more on Bible symbolism, I recommend these great resources, although there’s not a huge section on color in the Bible, they are a great overall resource on Bible symbolism.
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