The rose pictured above can be a symbol of many memories in our lives. Or, it could have significant personal associations. Even for some it is symbolic of Jesus Christ who is called The Rose of Sharon…the fairest of them all.
I have come to more fully understand that some symbols in the Bible, for most of my life, I have seen as ‘simply a symbol’ particularly in the Old Testament. These can have implications to encourage us in the present age.
2 Samuel 23 14-15. King David was hiding in a cave with his motley army. He longed for a drink from the well in his home town of Bethlehem but the dreaded Philistines occupied the territory. Three of his warriors in a stunning act of bravery broke through the enemy lines and brought David back his longed for drink.
David couldn’t drink it. He poured it out before the Lord, saying Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives. V16-17.
In past reading of this passage I was always touched by the story but my humanity would have liked David to have taken just ‘one sip’ in appreciation of what the men had done out of love for him.
I believe I now see it with new eyes and thankfulness. David’s love for God was such that He wanted to give to Him as an act of worship the most precious thing he had. In this instance it was the water.
Sacrificial love is portrayed in this short passage……three men for David…..David for His God. God’s sacrificial love for humanity meant the perfect Lamb (symbolic of O.T. sacrifices)…..His Son……once only. So that NOW – ALL MAY COME HOME TO HIM.
Something to think about. Blessings and Peace!