object, usually a shaped iron
weight in hook form,
lowered into the water by rope, cable,
or chain to keep a boat secure.
Before iron was introduced,
the most ancient anchors
consisted of large stones or sacks filled with
sand. From the very beginning of
water travel the anchor played a very important
part to the mariner. There are
four main types
mushroom, and grapnel. An anchor
has six main parts: the
fluke, the arm, the crown,
the shank, the stock, and the ring. All these
together make a very necessary part
of the ship's tackling. In
fact, a boat is not
complete without an anchor.
In the Bible some important truths
are seen as they relate to
an anchor. The word is used
in a physical way in Acts 27:29 to keep
a ship from going on the rocks,
fearing lest we should have
fallen upon rocks, they
cast four anchors out of the stern... ".The
word "anchor" is also used in Hebrews
6:19 to describe the Lord Jesus
Christ,"Which hope we
have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast.. ".
In this passage Jesus is called the
"anchor of the soul". The meaning of this verse can be
understood by studying the need and
use of an anchor for a
ship. Literally what an
anchor is to a ship, Christ is to the world if
He is received.
An anchor provides security,
stability and safety. These
are precisely the things
offered by God through the Saviour. All of us need security,
but most seek it in hopeless areas.
We need peace of mind and soul in
this troubled world, and it can
only be found in Christ. The
wind and the tide have no effect on an anchored vessel because the
anchor gives it stability.
Today people are tossed to
and fro, drifting from one new
thing to another, caught in the
winds and tides of worldliness. We need Christ to
provide stability. During times of
storm an anchor could mean
the difference between life
or death for a vessel and its crew,
providing safety from shoals,
reefs, and rocks. Many
storms come our way in this
life right on down to the storm of death, and
there is only One who can bring you
through to a perfect calm.
That One is the Lord Jesus.
Any crew with their vessel would be
foolish to leave a docked
area to enter open water
without an anchor. So are those who
live their lives without the One
who can anchor them
spiritually. For the mariner, at
times he has to anchor
the vessel, but
those who come to know Christ are
Once again, a boat is not complete
without an anchor. Neither
are you without the
welcoming aboard into your life
the One who can provide for
you the way to anchor "up".
Psalm 18:2, "The Lord is
my rock, and
my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in
whom I will trust... ".
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