WHEN DID GOD PAINT PICTURES?

Some biblical observations about the nature and grandeur of the Word of God

GOD IS  T H E  MASTER artist (Gen. 1:1, 27; Job 37:15-16; Psm. 8:3-6; 19:1; 33:6; 95:4-5; 104:1-4, 24-25; Isa. 42:5; Rom. 1:20; Heb. 1:2).  Throughout His Word He often painted very graphic and evocative word pictures by means of metaphors.1

“But what exactly are metaphors?” you ask.  Perhaps the easiest and best way to explain them is to describe what they do.  Metaphors 1) compare two things, and 2) establish a similarity and connectivity between them.  They 3) communicate ideas through vivid, three-dimensional verbal descriptions to show us how “A” is in some sense is like “B.”2

Pour carefully over the follow Bible metaphors and note what they tell us about the nature and grandeur of God’s Word“What is the Bible…?”

  • IT IS THE UNDISTORED MIRROR that lays bear and reflects the real spiritual status of man.  Jas. 1:23
  • IT IS THE FAITHFUL JUDGE that will finally weigh the words, actions, and life of man.  Psm. 51:4; Jn. 12:48
  • IT IS A MIGHTY HAMMER that shatters the stubborn will of man.  Jer. 23:29
  • IT IS A WHITE-HOT FIRE that melts the hardest heart of man.  Jer. 23:29; Mal. 3:2; Isa. 5:24
  • IT IS A SHARP, TWO-EDGED SWORD that pierces the conscience of man. Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6:17
  • IT IS A BRILLIANT LAMP AND LIGHT that illuminates the path of man.  Psm. 119:105, 130; Jn. 12:46; 1 Pet. 2:9
  • IT IS THE STRAIGHT PATH that directs the walk of man.  Psm. 119:32; Jer. 6:16; Psm. 23:2; Prov. 2:13, 15; 4:11, 18; 22:5; Isa. 2:3, 59:9; Mic. 4:2
  • IT IS LIVING SEED that germinates in the heart-soil of a spiritual man and then yields much fruit.  1 Pet. 1:23; Lk. 8:11
  • IT IS THE STAPLE BREAD OF LIFE that feeds, sustains, and matures the eternal spirit of man.  Mat. 4:4; Deut. 8:3; 32:2; Jn. 6:32-33, 63;
  • IT IS PURE, SWEET HONEY that satisfies the spiritual appetite of man. Psm. 119:103, 19:10
  • IT IS FRESH, HEALTHY MILK that promotes growth in the essence of man.  1 Pet. 2:2
  • IT IS HEARTY, DELICIOUS MEAT that feeds and nourishes the deepest appetite of man.  Heb. 5:14
  • IT IS AN ELABORATE TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP that illustrates and details the eternal soul of man.  Psm. 25:5, 143:8, 119:19, 119:33; Isa. 30:21
  • IT IS PRECIOUS, REFINED GOLD AND SILVER that holds and keeps inestimable value in the inner being of man.  Psm. 12:6, 19:10; 119:14, 72, 127
  • IT IS PRICELESS TREASURE that enriches the inner spirit of man.  Prov. 2:1; Job 28:18
  • IT IS AN IMPENITRABLE SHIELD that protects the true heart of man.  Psm. 91:4
  • IT IS COMFORTING BALM that heals and soothes the broken heart of man.  Jer. 8:22; Prov. 3:8
  • IT IS A FIRMLY EMBEDDED NAIL that cannot be easily removed from the thinking of man.  Eccl. 12:11b
  • IT IS GENTLE RAIN that blesses and nourishes the heart-soil of man.  Deut. 32:2
  • IT IS A PRODDING GOAD that pushes and nudges the moral behavior of man.  Eccl. 12:11a
  • IT IS HIGH-POWERED DYNAMITE that breaks down the independence of man.  Rom. 1:16
  • IT IS THE SOLID FOUNDATION that withstands the storms of man.  Lk. 6:47-48, 21:33; Psm. 119:152; Isa. 40:8;
  • IT IS THE ALL-WISE COUNSELOR that unravels the worries of man.  Psm. 16:7; 73:24; 119:24; Prov. 1:1-7; 8:14, 19:20; Psm. 2:6; Jas. 1:5
  • IT IS GREAT SPOIL AND PLUNDER that abundantly blesses the immaterial needs of man.  Psm. 119:162
  • IT IS UNCOMPROMISING LAW that defines and authorizes activity of man.  Deut. 32:45-47; Col. 3:17

1 The Greek words, meta, meaning “over,” and pherein, meaning “to carry” suggest a transfer of meaning.

2 Leyland Ryken, “Metaphors in the Psalms,” http://www.turningpointsofthebible.com/wp-content/uploads/Metaphor-in-the-Psalms.pdf

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