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Wings of the Dawn
In the hallway of my parent’s home in Germany is a plaque with a poem that I have translated from German into English.
This is my house, yet still not mine.
My heir will own it for a while.
And soon the third comes to reside,
Then – when he’s done – gets dragged outside.
The fourth and fifth, too, don’t stay long.
Tell, to whom does it belong?
When I look around, I see many things I confidently call my own. But are they really mine? How long will they be in my possession? To whom do these things truly belong?
As we search the Word of God for the word belong, we find it cannot be translated into a single word since it is commonly used as a verb phrase and is tightly connected to an owner. Therefore, it is better to consider who owns what. There are 8478 references in the Bible to the word his ~ not counting the words hers, theirs or ours. The idea of possession connects everything.
The Word of God says that He is the Possessor of all things.
Possessor H7069 The One who possesses, created, acquired, obtained, and redeemed. Everyone and everything belong to God
And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: Genesis 14:19
We will focus on the word belong as we find it mostly in the Old Testament. Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible reference what belonged to certain men in the Old Testament.
Genesis 40:8 Do not interpretations belong to God?
Numbers 1:50 Numbers 7:9 and Numbers 8:24 speak of the things that belong to the service of the sanctuary of the tabernacle.
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God:
but those things which are revealed belong unto us
and to our children for ever,
that we may do all the words of this law.
There is a profound meaning to this verse. There are secret things that belong to the Lord our God and there are those things that belong to us as His children. We cannot lose these. They are given to us as our inheritance, forever. We might think of this family relationship in connection to Jesus’ words in Luke 13:32 of the Father’s desire to give us the kingdom.
“the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.” Psalm 47:9
“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this;
that power belongeth unto God.”
Psalm 94:1 vengeance belongs to God.
“O Lord, righteousness belongs unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces… because they have trespassed against thee.” Daniel 9:7
“To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;” Daniel 9:9
“Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people.” Psalm 3:8
“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” Mark 9:41 “And you are Christ‘s; and Christ is God’s. 1 Corinthians 3:23
“But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14
Before I knew Jesus as Lord and Master, someone asked me, “Who is your authority?”
I understood the question to mean, “To whom do you belong? Whose are you?”
Not everyone submits to the truth of God’s ownership. Some continue through life thinking they live on their own. Others commit all they are to Him when convicted of their need for His authority and ownership in their lives.
Of His gracious love and kindness, God our Father has given us many gifts — material possessions, talents, relationships, and time to enjoy these within the souls He has given.
None of these belong to us — they are given for us to steward for only a short time. And then, in His time — we shall claim all the promises of our inheritance in Christ.
As joint-heirs with Him, we shall know what it truly means to belong to Him and enjoy the never-ending pleasures of His presence and kingdom.
Lord, Maker of the universe and Possessor of all things, help us to see that nothing truly belongs to us but that You have graciously given us many gifts to manage for Your glory. Help us to know with assurance, that we belong to You. Thank you for Jesus ~ that by grace through faith in Him we belong to You, now and forever. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.