These comparisons not only give us a tangible idea of what Scripture describes but, I imagine, that each metaphor also carries secret keys to understanding the physical world.
We are often called “the body of Messiah” in the Scriptures:
“For as we have many members in one body, but all members do not have the same function, so we, the many, are one body in Messiah, and members each one of one another.”
– Romans 12:4-5
We also know that we are created in the image of Elohim. Imagine, then, all the ways that our bodies reveal the glory of our Creator!
Recent studies have shown that the average human body is composed of approximately 37 trillion cells- not including the at least equal amount of foreign cell bodies that live in us, too.
97% of all cells in the body fall into one of six categories: red blood cells, glial cells, endothelial cells, dermal fibroblasts, platelets, and bone marrow.
Over 70% of ALL cells in our bodies are red blood cells. This means that most of our actual body is responsible for carrying oxygen to other cells. The other really important thing that red blood cells do is remove carbon dioxide from our cell tissues.
Glial cells, once thought to simply be neuron-insulators, are now being investigated more deeply as some scientists believe they could be responsible for our creative thoughts. They make up 90% of our brain. Another important function of glial cells is, again, to transport oxygen and nutrients to neurons.
Endothelial cells create a one-cell thick lining in all of our blood vessels. They ensure a smooth ride for our oxygen-carrying RBCs.
Dermal Fibroblasts are found in our skin, and aid in healing when we are wounded!
Platelets, another vital component to healing in our bodies, specifically work to seal any breaks in the endothelial lining of our blood vessels.
Lastly, we have bone marrow cells that are responsible for the cultivating of our blood cells.
This means that 97% of the human body is directly involved with the transport of oxygen to our cells.
“And YeHoVaH Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils breath of lives. And the man became a living being.”
– Genesis 2:7
We that make up the body of Messiah all have this breath of life! What an interesting parallel the Father has given us in the design of our own bodies.
Just as our cells minister to one another, we are to do the same.
We are each filled with the Ruach haKodesh, the Holy Spirit, and we manifest different gifts that we are to use in support the body of Messiah as a whole.
How amazing! Baruch Hashem YeHoVaH!
I leave you with this…
As these cells bring life-breath to the functioning tissues of our bodies, they also rid the body of waste.
“And, according to the Torah, almost all is cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
– Hebrews 9:22
Our blood moves throughout the body, cleansing it. Individual cells are the vessels for cleansing. They are carried by the blood and they are filled with the breath-of-life!
I encourage you to dwell on this thought. We know of the power of the Blood. It courses through our (endothelial-lined) veins.
Each of us has the privilege of being vessels of the Holy Spirit.
Let us continue to work together as one body of many members, until the day He is crowned as King of Kings.