Monday, September 17, 2012

Sea Symbols

Jesus spent much of his ministry near the sea.  His teachings often involved sea symbols. While there are endless symbols in nature I find the ones involving or near the sea appealing.

Anchors achieve holding power either by "hooking" into the seabed, or via sheer mass, or a combination of the two.  I love the anchor as a symbol.  This is covered more in Hope is an Anchor part 2.

When speaking about an anchor, being "hooked" to the seabed has reference to being sealed and bound to God by covenant. Christ descended below all things, making it possible for him to be in and through all things.  He has the knowledge of how to reconcile all to the Father.  Thus, to be anchored to anything or anyone else is foolish.  

One of my favorite hymns also speaks of more sea symbols   Many of these have lead my mind to a place of peace.  The hymn is Brightly Beams our Fathers Mercy.  A lighthouse, a ship, the sea, and rays of hope to all struggling or fainting seamen.  Here's a pretty good audio of the hymn.  

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

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