Monday, August 30, 2010

like wing needs wing

The Word for today:
Malachi 3:6-4:6

mark this: Malachi 4:2
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings.

The poetic (like the humorous) can be hard to explain. Not to be deterred, I'm going to earnestly attempt to convey one of scripture's most sublimely poetic pictures.

The complete picture is forged from two counterpart scenes, one at the very beginning and the other at the very end of the Old Testament.

In the first scene, a lone dove broods over a dark, formless, and empty world:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)

In the second scene, the sun rises with healing wings:
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings. (Malachi 4:2)

Together, these scenes form a rhyming couplet.  They rhyme in that they fulfill one another, like wing needs wing to fly.

They will fly all the way to the cross of Jesus Christ, where darkness and death aren't the opposite of light and life, but the matter from which they are forged.

Not until there, until then, can the restless dove alight.

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