His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.”
~Revelation 1:15 NIV
Glowing feet? Come on now. What are we really talking about here? Are we trying to say Jesus Christ’s feet were glowing bronze?
Well no. Don’t forget the word “like” in this verse. John is describing what Christ looked like in his vision. And Christ’s feet appeared “LIKE bronze glowing in a furnace.”
As I prepared this post and its Bible page for October’s light theme, I wanted to find scriptures that weren’t super familiar to me. As I looked up the word light in my study resources, I was reminded that there were many words that are related to light. Glowing is one of those words.
NOTE: The creative studies His Palette offers on their blog are not complete Bible studies. We provide these as stepping stones for you to use in your own study. We pray that what we share with you will get you started and help you to dig deeper. With that said, let’s see a few things I found while studying Revelation 1:15 myself.
First Things First
Before we move into my own personal takeaway of glowing feet in the Bible, let’s read Revelation 1:12-18. This way we can get a complete view of how Jesus appeared.
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
What an absolutely magnificent being I have pictured in my head! Jesus Christ was beyond anything EVER seen. I wouldn’t be surprised if John had a difficult time coming up with the words to articulate what he saw.
Though we are studying and creating a Bible page for Revelation 1:15, it’s always important to read the surrounding verses, at the least. It was suggested to me, years ago, to read a few chapters before the verse and after, to get the full context. The only reason I did not do that here is because the verse comes at the beginning of the very first chapter of Revelation.
What stood out to me most, as I read Revelation 1:15, was Christ’s feet. Even the description of his feet was portrayed as glorious and glowing.
Let’s read a few verses that also use the symbolism of feet.
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
~1 Corinthians15:24-26 NIV
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!”
~Psalm 91:13 NLT
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
During my time in this verse and the additional verses describing the appearance of Christ (John’s vision), all I pictured was His LIGHT. Most of us are aware that He is the light of the world! So much so that even His feet glowed bright like hot metal. Let that sink in. Everything about Him screamed LIGHT!
An article, titled Why Brass Feet?, reads, Jesus has “defeated the devil personally and will ultimately destroy him. Thus He is presented this way to us at the beginning of Revelation to let us know He can take care of all that is to come which is portrayed in the book.”
“Revelation shows us that Jesus has been through many trials Himself and He knows how to take care of us.”
Also, Revelations Made Easy states, “… feet like burnished bronze emphasize the coming of judgment (see Revelation 2:18).”
“… his feet as having been fired in a furnace are ready to trample the enemies.”
While studying these verses for myself, I imagined Jesus Christ standing there with bronze-colored skin. Yet his feet were the brightest orange and gold. In my own mind, Christ’s feet glowed so immensely that the brilliance of his soles appeared white.
As I thought about what I would create for Revelation 1:15, I chose to include a picture of feet, and find a way to make them glow most brightly.
Here is how I created the page above.
- searched Google images for “feet sketch” and found the image that was like the one I pictured in my head
- printed the size I wanted to use on sticker paper (Avery Clear Full Sheet Shipping Label 15665)
- after fussy cutting around the feet, I placed it in the margins of my Bible page
- used Faber-Castell pitt pens to color the image
- blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink over just the feet to make it appear as if they were glowing
- added some white big brush pen on the soles of the feet
- used Tim Holtz’s mini-attacher to add a piece of fabric for Jesus’ robe
- underlined Revelation 1:15 and stamped the title toward the top
As you can see, I also included some gold washi and a simple tag at the top edge of the page.
Take the information and verses I found in my own study of Revelation 1:15 and use it as a starting point.
You can do a word study on “glowing” or “fire” or “light.”
You can do an in-depth study on the symbolism of feet in the Bible.
Know this. These short posts are not an attempt to teach you the Bible. I will leave Bible teaching to the scholars. However, I joyfully share and suggest topics for you to study and learn on your own, which also includes a creatively journaled page. My creative worship has never been about the pretty picture. It’s about learning God’s Word and building a relationship with the Father through creativity.
Now, it’s your turn!