Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Zodiac, Cherubim & The Sphinx

Last Sunday, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, had Psalm 18 as the appointed psalm. In it we read the following:
He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind. (Psalm 18:9-10)
The reference to riding on a cherub intrigued me. What was King David saying? What is the Holy Spirit revealing here? I have begun to research the Cherubim. I share with you today one of the fascinating websites that I've come across - The Zodiac, Cherubim and The Sphinx - Here's a quote from it about the Christian / Biblical interpretation of the Zodiac:

The Zodiac, Cherubim & The Sphinx

Myth and God's Message in the Heavens
E.W. Bollinger in Witness of the Stars, and Joseph Seiss in The Gospel in the Stars, provide detailed analysis of this understanding.

The various signs of the Zodiac are spelled out in detail in the above quoted site. The signs, they say, may be interpreted as follows:
  • Virgo = the virgin who gives birth to the incarnate God
  • Libra = the scales that weigh man's deficiency and Jesus' finished sacrifice
  • Scorpio = the scorpion, depicting the enmity between the serpent and the woman's offspring
  • Sagittarius = the complex symbol of God's redemptive work on earth
  • Capricorn = the goat with the tail of a fish, symbol of life and God's Spirit.
  • Pisces = fish connected to the sea monster, fulfilling the prayer that God's will be done
  • Aquarius = the water bearer who pours out the life-giving water of God's Spirit
  • Aries = the Lamb sacrificed for mankind
  • Taurus = the bull representing God's judgment
  • Castor = the twins representing the suffering Savior who is also the King
  • Cancer = the crab, the stronghold of the redeemed
  • Leo = the great Lion of the tribe of Judah

So the whole story of God's redemptive work is portrayed from beginning to end. Much to ponder here.

    1 comment:

    1. I guess one can see many things in God's created universe as"symbols" or "reminders" of what He has revealed about His works of salvation in Christ and His promises. But i note that the prophets spoke vehemently against the practice of "worshiping" the creature instead of the Creator, as Isaiah records in Isaiah 47:12 ff.... Modern day astrology and its proponents have dragged many into the delusion of "following the stars", Jeremiah spolke against ;those who "left off to burn incense to the 'queen of heaven', and to pour drink offerings to her....." (KJV,Jer.44:17,25) . (I believe the word 'queen of heaven' could mean, 'the worship of the heavens").
      I remember that some people in Africa would pour out a libation of palm wine to their "god of the heavens and the earth". And today, "political correctness" in new Africa is being encouraged by leaders who want the old native witchcraft doctors to include this libation ceremony at the dedication of new buildings and stadiums!
      today in our country, their is a sophisticated "worship" of nature.. on earth Day, the "earth godess".
      It is great for us to look at God's created heavens and earth and let these created things be symbols and reminders of God, his goodness, his care, His love and His forgiveness in the doing and dying of Jesus,His Son, our Savior. We praise and worship, believe in and trust not the creation, but the the Creator God, and our Savior in whom all things consist. ... h.a.h.


    So what do you think? I would love to see a few words from you.