From the pages of history we see how kings would finalize or enact a new law by using their signet ring to make their unique mark on the decree. Think about: there was nothing but words on a page, until the impression from the king’s ring made it a royal decree.
The King of Kings stamps His children as well. Anyone who places his or her faith in Jesus Christ receives God’s seal, marking that person as God’s royal possession!
The Hebrew letter taw means a stamp or inscription. It’s the final letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Beth, and its message seals up all that God’s Word symbolizes. In the last section of Psalm 119 called taw (verses 169-176), we read of someone who has made God’s Word an integral part of his life. Check this out…
- God’s word answers his cry for help and brings him understanding (v. 169)
- God’s promise delivers an answer to his prayer (v. 170)
- God’s decrees lead the psalmist to praise God (v. 171)
- God’s commands cause him to burst into song (v. 172)
- God’s precepts bring him help (v. 173)
- God’s law leads him to salvation (v. 174)
- God’s laws bring sustaining and reviving life (v. 175)
- God’s commands rescue him (v. 176)
In the New Testament, God’s seal is described this way—Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
Here’s one more cool thing about taw. This letter is made up of two other Hebrew letters: daleth and nun. This spells Dan. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, the tribe of Dan went last. Their job was to make sure no one got left behind.
Christians who have God’s seal of ownership on them, should live as holy rescuers. They serve by going last, and making sure no one gets left behind, but everyone hears the good news of God’s love.
Do you have God’s seal of ownership on you? What are you doing with it.
Here’s the video of the complete message on taw—
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