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Have you ever stood before a mirror naked and actually examined yourself? God’s Word tells us in Psalm 139 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that we should know that fact very well. Do you? Do you truly have any idea how each body part, tissue, molecule and fluids interact with the DNA strand stored in each of the billions of cells in the human body? I don’t think so! I know I don’t! So I asked God.
And do you know what God said to me in confidence…He said, My child, My Word is sufficient for you. All you need to know is that you are fearfully and wonderfully made for MY glory. Consequently, God’s Word has a lot to say about each individual part of our bodies. Why, because all body parts are not only necessary but important as to what they represent in the family of God. Collectively, the “Body” refers to the Church membership of people as a whole. For this blog post, the “Body” is referring to actual body parts: arms, legs, hand, feet, etc.
For the body (The church) does not consist of one member but of many (member body parts). If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose... 1 Corinthians 12:14-26
In other words, the church needs a membership that consists of various kinds of gifts and talents freely distributed to each one by the Holy Spirit.
Specifically, God’s Word says to the body, I made you (in my image) as I saw fit and for my glory. I ‘gifted’ you with reasonable portions of talent to conform to my will through the precious blood of Jesus and to be named heirs of my Kingdom.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalms 1:1-2
So now, let’s see how our body parts are suppose to perform here on earth for the building up and edifying of God’s holy kingdom. (For as you well know, we will NOT possess flesh and blood bodies in Glory. For God is Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.)
|The Foot Bone (connected to the toe and ankle)
Everybody knows that the foot speaks of walking. In scripture, the feet are used to go forth and spread the Good News, either by walking or running.
Also, it is a proven fact that a person is horribly crippled if you permanently lose your big toe. Consequently, you cannot walk a straight line. Goliath’s people (the Philistines) were so huge in stature that God provided them with a total of 12 toes and 12 fingers for stability. 2 Sam. 21:20 (The Philistines lost an opportunity to know Him.)
In order for the Levitical priests to dutifully serve in the tabernacle, the big toe of their right foot had to be sprinkled with the blood of a ram. Ex. 29:20 Obviously, Aaron needed sure footing in the tabernacle. Blood being applied to the right side of the body was a sign of power and strength. Psalm 20:6; Ex. 15:6 Matt. 26:64
In the Book of Acts, the story is written that Peter said to a crippled man at the gate called Beautiful, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Acts 3:5a-7
In other words, Peter was saying, I do not have money to pay for a physician to heal you, but what I do have (God’s Word and Peter’s faith), get up and walk!
God preordained that our bodies needed to be covered all over with the blood of Christ Jesus. And we are to go forth and walk and live in the power and might of the precious Name of Jesus and proclaim the Gospel! Hallelujah!
|The Leg Bone
Although the two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus had their legs broken, why did the soldiers not break Jesus’ legs?
First, bodies hung on a pole had to be buried the same day because this kind of sinful death was under God’s curse. Therefore, soldiers usually broke the legs of criminals to hasten death and to prevent them from trying to escape if by chance they survived the death penalty.
Secondly, the Passover lamb’s flesh could be eaten by the Israelites, but the legs of the lamb could not be broken. Jesus was referred to by John the Baptist and Paul as the (Righteous) Lamb of God. Sinful and riotous living breaks our bones. But righteous living (using Jesus as our example) will help us stand firm under life’s burdens. John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:6-7.
We must remember; ”The righteous may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them from them all, he protects all their bones, not one of them will be broken.” Ps. 34:19-20
|The Knee Bone
Usually, people who worship false gods bow in submission to them while on their knees. Christian believers in Jesus Christ bow to Him in obedience.
In scripture, the knees are depicted as a place to hold others or things; to coddle babies or josh fools; to kneel on or between when worshiping; to support the leg or become weak as water; to express emotions such as knocking together or trembling.
But all you need to remember is: “That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11.
|The Back Bone (connected to the Shoulder)
The backbone is anatomically recognized by two other names: the spinal column/cord and the vertebrae. The vertebrae consists of 24 separate and 9 fused vertebrae (bones). This is important because when working together as a whole, the skeleton can bend forward, backwards and sideways But more importantly, the backbone allows a person to stand.
In my research on the subject of bone structure, I learned that spiritually, the human skeleton represents God’s Truth for the souls of Christian believers. As I said before, the backbone enables a person to stand when all 33 vertebrae are working together. Consequently, as long as that person does not put their faith in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5), he/she will not, but stand. Subsequently, one needs no spiritual armor for the back in order to stand. (As proven in the lists of armor written in Ephesians 6:10-17.) God’s got your back!
The shoulders are the area on which yokes are harnessed. The shoulders, connected to the backbone, are to offer additional support for objects and/or emotions (cares), and gossip. Also, it is the area of the body that is to be united with another either in strife/war or unity of peace. Genesis 24:14; Matt. 23:4; Zep 3:9
Jesus’ invitation to us is to take His yoke upon ourselves and learn of Him. He goes on to say, His yoke is easy (or empty; no baggage) and His burden is light. So always remember that God’s Truth is the infallible entire Word of biblical scriptures…the irrefutable doctrines. They are the backbone for the true Believers.
|The Neck Bone
Did you know that scripture identifies the neck bone as a barometer or mirror for the Lord. It’s the ‘exposed’ part of the body that allows God to examine the most inner secret parts of man’s body, and to know whether or not you have been ‘circumcised’ and are in partnership with him and his covenant or whether you are a stiff-necked person. (I’m not making this up. folks. (See Deut. 9:6-13. READ all of it!)
So ask yourself…what shape is my neck in? Do I use it just to hang ornaments on? Does it depict a lifestyle that God would consider good for nothing but eternal damnation? If so, please mimic Moses. Consider falling on your face before the Lord and repent, not only for yourself, but for your brother, too. Deut. 9:18-21
This might be a good time to sing, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see…”
A word to the wise…Get in the habit of gently massaging the neck area every time you moisturize your face and say to yourself, ‘I am His wholeheartedly’.
And that’s all I have to say about the Neck!
|The Head Bone
The physical head is the peoples’ reservoir for God. By that I mean, the head is the storehouse or command post for man’s intellect: his mind, eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair. And it goes without saying, we should keep it covered/protected at all times. Why? Because if we are not careful life’s circumstances can cause us to doubt God’s inexhaustible love for us.
That is what happened to the Israelites. When Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones (the stiff-necked Israelites), he addressed the head bone where the seat of intelligence lies. “Then he (God) said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’” Eze. 37:4
The good news in this prophesy is whatever state your present body is in, it can be restored from exile by the power of the Almighty.
While here on earth, we desperately need the head with all its intellect, to help us guard against the sinful flesh. But in Eternity, we will not need our heads or any other body parts to function. Thus, the transformation from a physical body to a spirit one, like Angels. (There, we will consist of pure Truth.)
So, when we see heads we should visualize it being covered with the Helmet of Salvation, which should give us hope and confidence that Christ’s dying on the cross has conquered all the workings of the devil. Christ has saved us to the utmost! Heb. 7:25
Always remember that even hair on your head can be looked upon as a covering for the preservation of the soul.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
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