And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:15
The above verse is one of my favorites because it describes the practice of a victorious king parading his defeated foes behind him as he enters the city.
Throughout the Bible, we find the Lord described as a protector, a conqueror, and a deliverer.
David calls the Lord his fortress, a fortified place or stronghold.
Isaiah also speaks of walls and gates protecting God’s people.
In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks (a wall of earth). Isaiah 26:1
Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. Isaiah 60:18
Jesus calls us a city. Unlike today, cities once had walls to protect it.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14
And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. Isaiah 62:12
We are not abandoned. God is with us! We will overcome. We will stand victorious!
Do you have a favorite imagery in the Bible? If so, I would love to hear what it is.