Category Archives: Key Metaphors

I Will Bring You Back to the Place from Where I Sent You into Exile

Jeremiah 29:14 ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Trees

Everything in the creation is a potential metaphor for God to teach us about Himself, about life, and about ourselves.  Here are some examples of how God uses trees to teach us about living with Him [emphasis added]. 1 Kings … Continue reading

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Scriptures on Eating (Food)

God designed living creatures such that they require regular sustenance in order to survive.  Humanity, being made in God’s image, requires also spiritual sustenance – food for the spirit within.  Even when the Bible talks about physical food, there’s a … Continue reading

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Connecting the Biblical Metaphors of Light and Vegetation

The Bible makes extensive use of physical realities to teach about spiritual realities.  One expansive set of comparisions revolves around light.  Another of them is vegetation. Consider then how this verse links those two metaphors: Psalm 97:11 Light is sown … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Hearing

Just as we have the ability to hear physically, we also have the ability to hear spiritually.  In the Scriptures, God uses physical hearing as a metaphor for spiritual hearing.  Here are some examples [emphasis added]: Psalm 81:13  –  “Oh … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Sight

The Scriptures often refer to “seeing” and related terms from a spiritual point of view.  That is, the Bible’s authors use familiar physical realities to explain unfamiliar spiritual realities.  Here are some examples when it comes to the faculty of … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Wealth and Poverty

The metaphorical contrast of rich and poor is employed frequently in the Bible to explain important aspects of the spiritual dimension.  We all know what wealth and poverty look like in the physical dimension.  Through that understanding, God seeks to … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Life and Death

Just as there is physical life and physical death, so there is spiritual life and spiritual death.  Since the physical versions are quite familiar to all of us, the Bible uses them as metaphors to help us understand the spiritual … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Clothing

There is a theme in Scripture wherein human clothing is used metaphorically to describe spiritual realities.  Here are some examples [emphasis added]: Job 29:14  –   “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Human Maturation

The Bible’s authors want us to understand how to mature spiritually.  They use the metaphor of human maturtion to make that point, as seen in the verses identified below. 1 Kings 3:7  –  “I am but a little child; I … Continue reading

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