Song of Solomon 5:15 “His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold:” What a beautiful contrast between our Lord’s belly and his legs! The seat of his emotions has been carved out of living, sacrificial tissue, but the legs upon which he stands are wrought from rock…the finest rock…joined to the rest of the body by sockets of God’s golden decrees. “His legs are as pillars…” Pillars are the foundation supports. Job 9:6 speaks of the “pillars of the earth,” and Proverbs 9:1 tells how wisdom has hewn out the “seven pillars” of her house. Galatians 2:9 speaks of James, Cephas (Peter), and John as being spiritual pillars of the church. Pillars are the columns that bear the weight. Small structures, or those of a temporary nature, have no need of pillars! Pillars are necessary only for buildings that must bear great weight and endure for long periods. The legs of Jesus…the foundation supports of our eternal lover, are made of rock: incorruptible and unchanging, massive and immovable; strong and stable…enduring as the rock from which they were hewn. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment; a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4). And we, his people, are told to be like him: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:58). We are to be like him, but we are not built like him! His legs are marble; ours are clay. He is immortal; we are flesh and blood. How can we stand like he stands and bear the weight he bears? How can we be like “pillars” in the body of Christ? Not in our own strength, but by his. Not by our own will, but by yielding to his. “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…” (Ephesians 6:10,11,14). The secret for the Christian is to wrap himself in the protective armor of truth and righteousness. Do you enjoy shellfish? Have you ever tried to crack a lobster’s claw? A lobster is a formidable foe as long as he has his “armour” on…his exoskeleton. Without that shell, however, he’s nothing but dead meat (so to speak)…a soft, succulent morsel of flesh…a tasty meal for a connoisseur of fine shellfish. We are very much like that lobster. Without the protective armor of God’s truth totally encasing us, we are nothing but “dead meat” and a tempting dish for Satan to consume. Build on the Rock Christ Jesus; stand on the Rock; protect yourself. “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). While we are on the subject of lobsters, I will tell you one more tale. One of my brother-in-laws (among many other talents) is a diver. He’s used that talent for much good, including setting up marine preserves in Jamaica and the Seychelles Islands. He is also a connoisseur of fine sea food, and has been known—where it is legal—to catch his own lobsters for dinner by hand. Do you know how to catch a lobster? You dive down quietly… and grab for him, but not where he is…you grab for where he’s going to be. Lobsters run backwards to escape, and so you must learn to compensate for the speed and distance they will run backwards before your arm can actually reach them through the water. This makes me think of Satan too, who will also sneak up on us and grab us from behind if we’re unwary. Look again at the verses from Ephesians that we just read. What is the admonition? Put on the armor and stand. I have heard ministers point out that there is no protective covering for the back. There is the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit…but nothing to protect those who turn tail and run. Stand; don’t run! “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13). “Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14). Don’t turn tail and run. Don’t even run backwards like the lobster! Stand. Put on the whole armor of God, and having done all, stand! Stand like Jesus, on legs of unmoving rock.
(The man holding the lobster is not my brother-in-law; he sells lobsters on the coast of California, although this particular lobster was his personal pet!)