Monday, January 16, 2012
Signed, Sealed, Delivered!
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.
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!