In the Shadow of His Wings
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Lesson 7 for May 7-13
This quarter’s discussions focus on biblical symbolism of a certain kind: clothing imagery. We will consider the garments that people in the Bible wore and what that clothing really meant, what truths it symbolized, what great realities it pointed to, and what lessons we can learn from it. From the fanciful adornment of Lucifer in heaven to the filthy rags of our own righteousness, from the coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve in Eden to the “garments of splendor” mentioned in Isaiah, the Bible uses clothing and clothing imagery to portray truths about sin, pride, righteousness, salvation, justification, resurrection, and eternal life in Christ.
This week’s Scriptural Pursuit discussion helps us to meditate with King David through his psalms on how God shelters us and covers our sin. David’s garments, in a spiritual sense, were priestly as well as kingly. The bitter sins that stained these garments inspired Psalms 32 and 51. David’s genuine confession of his sins and repentance resulted in forgiveness. Like He did for King David, God washes away the guilt of your sins–whatever the sin–and clothes you in His righteousness–a gift of garment available from God alone.
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Department of Religion & Biblical Languages
Berrien Springs, Michigan
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Russell, Glenn; Dumitrescu, Cristian; and Ponniah, Melchizedek, "In the Shadow of His Wings" (2011). Scriptural Pursuit. 19.