If you are like me you may have assumed that the phrase "shadow of death" only occurs in Psalm 23, which we know so well.
The fact is that this phrase occurs 17 times in the Old Testament. More than half of these occurrences are actually in the Book of Job.
Our world is living under a "shadow of death". In my nation of Australia, in 2020 thus far, we have experienced unprecedented drought, fires, pandemic and most recently floods.
But, bear in mind that, a shadow cannot be cast unless there is light in the vicinity.
Which brings me to the word picture behind "shadow of death". Here it is: a harvest of heart knowledge regarding the anointing of the nail, making secure the covenant of the nail.
This word picture meaning is the "Light" behind the "shadow".
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”