God chooses a special person to be His signet ring.
Reference: v. 23 "'On that day', declares the Lord Almighty, 'I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,' declares the Lord, 'and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,' declares the Lord Almighty." (NIV Bible)
Explore: A signet ring is very important for people in power, maybe not so much now but definitely in times past. It has a symbol on it which is the mark of the wearer. If this ring was pushed into warm wax then it would leave the imprint of the mark and be the sign that the sealed object was from that particular person. Here we read that Zerubbabel was chosen by God to be like His signet ring. This seems like a fairly significant honor. To be the mark that shows that God is present and has sent you as a sign.
Haggai is the last point in the Old Testament where a signet ring is mentioned. I guess as we step into the New Testament we realise that Jesus is God's ultimate signet ring and will forever be.
Application: While Jesus was God's signet ring here on Earth we remember that He calls us to follow Him and be like Him. In that sense I guess we are all now God's signet rings! It is a huge honour… but it is also a huge responsibility. If we look at everything we do in life, would it be God honoring enough to say that it was God's mark in this world? It certainly puts a different slant on our actions, our conversations and even our thoughts. It is amazing to think that God would trust us enough to be His signet ring here and now. It is a huge honour and may we be responsible with that privilege.
Prayer: Lord, I am always so humbled that you would choose me to do anything for you. I open up my life to you again this day and pray that you will use me in anyway you can. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.