About a year ago, my husband did some freelance work for a large Christian company. He worked with many Godly people at this company. One of which shared that he had a daughter who had fallen off of a skateboard and broken her pelvis in two places. This of course made it difficult to move around or even sit without pain as the pelvis is so central to our body’s support. Definitely not something you want to break.
On first glance, the pelvis hardly seems like something that would lead us to God’s Word. Yet, like every other part of the body formed by God’s own hand, it holds a message about God that is worth studying.
Three in one
The pelvis is made up of three main parts: the ilium, the ischium, and the pubis. Together these form the pelvis or pelvic bowl which surrounds many vital structures.
It’s not that there are three different bones of the pelvis though. Rather three sections of one bone that describe the parts based on their location, what attaches to them, and what bones they are associated with.
Three parts. One pelvis.
Much like God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. Three parts making up one Godhead. All with different roles, but with a single purpose.
Sharing the burden
Back in physical therapy school I remember learning something about the pelvis that really stood out to me. The pelvis isn’t usually broken in one place without breaking in another place as well. This is because the ring of the pelvis is structured in such a way that if you fracture one spot, another place will also be stressed (strained) and fracture at the same time.
That is how it was designed. To distribute the forces around the ring so that one place doesn’t take all of the stress alone.
Likewise, the ten commandments were designed in such an interrelated way that one cannot be broken without also breaking another. Can you steal without also lying, putting self above God, dishonoring your parents, having a god over God? One cannot be broken without breaking the others.
In the New Testament is a really great demonstration of how interrelated the Ten Commandments are by summing them up into two main themes (Mark 12:30,31):
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (the underlying principle of the first 4 commandments)
- Love your neighbor as yourself (the underlying principle of the last 6 commandments)
Under His wings
Consider also that the Ark of the Covenant had two cherubim on top of it that used their wings to protect the contents of the Ark as well to shield the priest from the presence of God – something that could kill the priest if not partially hidden.
Could it be that one wing was arched over the box and another in front of the aura of God to shield the priests from its brilliant, blinding light? I don’t know for sure, but it makes sense that the wings could be in such a position to protect in two directions, forming a triangle to symbolize the Trinity of the Godhead.
Interestingly, the contents of the pelvis are also covered by wings. Each side of the pelvis has a broad bony upper called the ala, literally meaning “wing,” which encases the internal structures, giving a shelter of protection. And what better place for protection than the wings of the pelvis where the seed of God’s children is formed? The place where God designed for us to be able to create life under His hand. The place where He Himself forms each of us in our mother’s womb.
Now imagine the pelvis’ structure (see first picture) with its two overarching wings (ala) over the top plus two smaller “wings” (the pubic bones) in the front. Strikingly similar to the Ark of the Covenant, don’t you think?
“He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge.” Psalm 91:4
To take this analogy even one step further, let’s open up the Ark of the Covenant and look inside. On the inside are three things:
- Manna (food from heaven)
- Aaron’s rod with almond blossoms
- The Ten Commandments written on tablets of stone
And what about the pelvis? It encases the organs of digestion (having to do with food (manna)) and organs of reproduction (like the blossoms (reproductive organs) on Aaron’s rod).
But perhaps the most astounding thing is that the bony pelvis is foundational to the structure of the body. Some would even consider it to be the “core” or center of the skeleton. Its function is to bear weight from the upper body and transfer it to the lower body, and to serve as an attachment site for multiple ligaments, tendons, the legs, and even the spine. It supports us from the ground to give us balance and stability.
Similarly, the Ten Commandments are the basis of God’s government. They are given to us as a firm foundation to rest our faith on. Rules to follow so we don’t lose our footing and fall. To give us perfect balance on the solid Rock.
The pelvis is simply an amazing reminder of God’s love, presence, provision, and law both in the ancient Sanctuary and today.
God’s promises for us
Even though we live in an imperfect and sometimes terrifying world, we can be under the protection (wings) of the Almighty God, today, tomorrow, and for eternity. He has promised to give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways (Psalm 91:11).
In fact the whole of Psalm 91 is a fabulous visual of protection that only God can provide.
The Lord also does not ask us to do anything alone. Like the structure of the pelvis, He takes the weight from us so that we will not be given more than we can bear.
When we are stressed, He is there to bear the burden.
But His power is even more amazing than that of the pelvis. He actually says He will bear our burden for us. He literally takes our place under that burden and we don’t have to bear it.
Not only did God dwell among the Israelites in the Sanctuary of old under the wings of cherubim, but Jesus (God the Son) came to Earth, implanted by the Holy Spirit as a human seed under the wings of a pelvis, to be God with us. To not just bear our burdens but to be broken for us so that we wouldn’t have to be broken at all! What amazing love is this!
The pelvis is an amazing thing in and of itself. But in light of the spiritual lessons it contains, it is truly a treasure to be found!
“What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?
For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19,20