Rise Up, My Love (182): Sockets of Fine Gold

Golden Socket on PillarSong of Solomon 5:15 “His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold.” Let’s consider for a moment the sockets of fine gold. A socket is a small hollow part into which something fits. Gold-plated pillars and socketsIn the singular form, the word is used just once in the Bible: “And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the veil; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket” (Exodus 38:27). In the plural, it is used another thirty-eight times, but except for our present text, it is always used—as it was in the passage just quoted—in reference to the structure of the tabernacle. A socket is used when parts need to move or are not stationary in nature. Temple grounds. Holy Land ExperienceThere is no mention of sockets in the building of the temple, for it was laid stone upon stone as a permanent monument in Jerusalem. The temple did not roam about the wilderness providing a sanctuary for the children of Israel the way the tabernacle had. If the Israelites wanted to worship at the temple, they had to go to Jerusalem. Our Lord’s legs were of marble…but marble set upon sockets of fine gold…ever able to move on our behalf…to go before us, to move toward us, to come behind us! He is not a God of stone for us to come and worship; He is our moving, living Tabernacle…our place of refuge…the one who leads us on our pilgrimage here on earth! In Hebrews 9:11 we are told that Christ is the high priest of a greater tabernacle than that made by Moses, and in Revelation 21:3 we are told, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He [the tabernacle of God: Jesus Christ] will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God.” Jesus Christ himself is the tabernacle of God whose mighty marble legs move! He came to earth to live and dwell among men. We are his temple, but he is our Tabernacle! In John 1:14 it says, “And the Word [Jesus] was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” The word translated “dwelt” is the Greek skenoo and means “to tent; to tabernacle.” Jesus Christ, our heavenly bridegroom, came to earth to dwell— to tabernacle— among us. His legs moved among us! Mighty pillars of  marble, but they were made to move! “His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold.” Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. JerusalemGold in the Scriptures speaks of divinity. It is worth noting that gold is used three times in the description of the bridegroom: his head, his hands, and the sockets of his legs. His head—all that he thinks…his plans. His hands—all of his actions…the works of his hands. His legs—the stability of his steps…everywhere he goes. All that he is and wills and does…all of it is divine and perfect! In the earthly tabernacle, the sockets were of silver, but the heavenly tabernacle that God has given us is jointed with “fine gold.” Only the very best! He may be the Ancient of Days, but he never suffers from arthritis in his hips, because his joints are made from pure gold! Our bridegroom moves on our behalf by divine decree; it is God’s golden, heavenly purposes that ordain and enable his every step. Mediterranean Island ChurchIn a mysterious way, Jesus Christ is not only our bridegroom, but we are a part of his very body, for in Ephesians 4:15-16 we are taught that Christ is the head and we all—as members of the church of God—are members of his body, “from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” In other words, Christ is the head of the body and we are all parts jointed together for the purpose of building up the body in love. We are to be like golden joints that help the body move smoothly! His body—his church— should always flow without resistance…as easily and enduringly as a body fitted with golden joints. Mural of Columns on Gate in JerusalemPerhaps it would be good to take a moment and consider our part in the body of Christ. Are we like golden sockets, helping each part to move smoothly according to God’s heavenly purposes for us? This is the way we should be. Or, do we creak and whine and complain every time we’re asked to do something? Is it possible that we just don’t like to move? Think about it. Pray about it. Oh, Lord, please keep us from ever being like arthritis in the body of Christ!

3 responses to “Rise Up, My Love (182): Sockets of Fine Gold

  1. Charylene Powers

    Favoriate line/thought – “Oh, Lord please keep us from being like arthritis in the body of Christ.” Where did you take the picture of the temple (model) in Jerusalem?

    • That picture was from a day we spent at “The Holy Land Experience” in Orlando, FL. If you’re ever down that way, it’s really worth a visit!

  2. Charylene Powers

    I would love to visit there – maybe someday – we never know where our travels will lead.

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