If there is one Gospel writer whose history has been dramatized over and over, it would have to be Luke. It seems the idea of a Gentile “journalist” is very intriguing and offers itself to many different stories. However, that is not my goal for this article. No, we get to discuss how the Luke, his gospel and Reuben all intertwine.
Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob. He was born of Leah and his name means “the vision of the son”. It is also interesting to note that Reuben was born with the following words: “Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.” (Genesis 29:32)
First, Reuben was the firstborn, secondly, Reuben was “the vision of the son” and thirdly, he was the son of deliverance for Leah, as she did not like the fact that she wasn’t having children. So, Reuben, was the firstborn, just like Christ. Reuben also was the vision of the real Son, Christ, who delivers us from our affliction (sin). The shadow is pretty deep.
Now, how does this all relate to Luke?
Well, first off, Luke and Reuben are both represented as a man and this man is one of the four beasts crying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Here is where I want to make a point.
In this verse, describing the four beasts, we are told that:
They each have six wings
They are full of eyes within
They never rest
They are constantly saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Now, first off, what never rests, consists of four objects, and is constantly proclaiming the holiness of God and His complete love for the world? The gospels, right? They are always proclaiming the holiness of God and His complete love (Christ). But, what about the eyes and wings?
The eyes, according to the Greek word, can mean simple vision or get as complicated as envy/jealously. That doesn’t narrow it down much, does it? But it does! The gospels are swelling with the sight of God’s jealously for mankind. His jealously is a righteous jealously that consists of nothing but love for mankind.
The wings are a different story. According to the verse, the six wings cover the creature roundabout. However, for the life of me, I can’t think of what they could mean. The only plausible thing I can even relate to is the anatomy of seraphim. They have six wings, and what they do with these six wings is actually pretty interesting and may relate to how these four creatures use theirs.
First off, two of the wings are used to cover the eyes. This is a sign of reverence to God to not even look toward Him. Two of the other wings are used to cover the feet. This is a sign of respectfulness, as the bare foot is somewhat disrespectful. The last two wings are used to fly according to God’s will.
What if this same method is applied to these creatures. Perhaps God uses these creatures, which we have seen to be the four gospels, to show Him reverence (a clear image in the gospels), show respect for Him (another clear image in the gospels) and to do according to His will (another clear image portrayed in the gospels).
So, these four creatures definitely represent the gospels, and their impact, through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are all very important.
Anyway, this all relates to Luke because his is the gospel that reveals the true, only begotten Son who takes away the sin of the world.