Monday, January 16, 2012

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

In the time of tall ships and long before, people didn't have lick and stick envelops or pull tab sticky envelops to use when they mailed their letters.  Well into the 19th century, people everywhere would close their letters and envelops with hot wax and a seal.  Normally the seal bore the crescent or symbol of the family or person from whom the letter originated in addition to his or her family name. It was a way of not only "sealing" the letter for privacy but for ensuring it's security and showing it's ownership.

There are many mentions of seals in the Bible. They were often associated with covenants or what we would call today, contracts.

Because of all this, we make a firm and sure written covenant, and our princes, Levites, and priests set their seal to it. Nehemiah 9:38

By putting your seal on a document, you were essentially saying, "I agree to what is written here and I will abide by its terms"  very similar to our own signature today.

A king's signet ring would often double as his royal seal. It not only was used as his signature, but it represented his authority.

Write also concerning the Jews as it pleases you in the king's name, and seal it with the king's signet ring--for writing which is in the king's name and sealed with the king's ring no man can reverse. Esther 8:8

And who can forget the story of Daniel in the Lion's den?
And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that there might be no change of purpose concerning Daniel. Daniel 6:17

Sealing something, as we said above, was a way to ensure it's privacy.
But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the Book until the time of the end.  Daniel 12:4

Did you know God has a seal??  That blew me away! God actually has a seal. I wonder if it's on His Kingly ring? Or is it on the tip of His golden rod that He holds in His mighty hand?

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:22

But the firm foundation of  God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names himself by the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it. 2 Timothy 2:18

So, if you belong to God, you are already sealed with God's inscription!!  Astounding!  A Seal, as we have seen represents Security and Ownership. But there is a third quality to any seal. Destination.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by Whom you were sealed, marked, branded as God's own, secured for the day of redemption  Ephesians 4:30

Secured for the day of redemption!! That's our destination. Eternity with God. Heaven. Glory!

Then I saw a second angel coming up from the east  and carrying the seal of the living God. And with a loud voice he called out to the four angels who had been given authority and power to injure earth and sea Saying, Harm neither the earth nor the sea nor the trees, until we have sealed the bond servants of our God upon their foreheads. Revelation 7:2-3

You are signed, sealed, and delivered. Secure, marked as belonging to God, and on your way to heaven.

May that thought bring you some comfort and joy today!


  1. Mon Jzn 16th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Amen, and, Amen !!! It absolutely does .... give me comfort and joy ! Thanks for sharing this great truth.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. Great post! I guess that this would be one of the biggest reasons why no one should ever accept the mark of the beast in Revelation or end times. It would be like accepting a seal or stamping your seal on your soul.

    Great thoughts. How's the church hunting coming along?

  3. Oh to have that seal stamped on our foreheads for all to see! There would be no mistaking who belongs to Him. Great post, MaryLu, keep them coming.

  4. Wonderful!! It is amazing at how easy it is to forget such things! Thanks for the reminder, MaryLu!!

  5. Thanks for your comments, Ladies! When I wrote this.. wow, it really blessed me. We are marked for God. We are His. And nothing can take that away.
    Sheri, we tried a great church on Sunday where we felt very comfortable. We will be going back to check it out some more. God is good! And thanks for asking!

  6. Hey Mary-lu!!!
    What an amazing concept! We truly are privileged to know such a loving God that puts his 'seal' on us so that we may have eternal life! Thanks so much for sharing God's truth with everyone! It puts a smile on my face to know that we belong to such as loving Lord!
    God Bless! :)

  7. Hi MaryLu,
    Loved the post. To think that the King Himself has put His seal on us. What an awesome thought. The verse in 2 Corinthians is one of my favorites. Thanks for that word.

    Angi :)

  8. Hey Emily! Glad this put a smile on your face! And waving at Angi!! Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Beautiful post, MaryLu! Thanks so much for this!

  10. I wish that we still use seals in our society today. It makes the letters seem so much more personal (plus, you can tell if someone went through it as well). Some companies use stickers, but thats not the same. I love how God has a seal for us. It makes me feel singled out and special. A king's daughter indeed! :)

  11. Thanks Carrie.. and Eszter, you are special!! Never forget that!