Summary: The Bible is literally filled with figures of Speech. A figure of speech is a symbol used to explain something else or to show the comparison of one thing to another.
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FIGURES OF SPEECH
WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT FIGURES OF SPEECH.
The Bible is literally filled with figures of Speech. All languages have them. A figure of speech is a symbol used to explain something else or to show the comparison of one thing to another. They add color and excitement to any language. We don’t take them literally – they are not given to be taken literally.
Examples in our Language:
"I slept like a log"
"You were really sawing logs"
"She is a real fox"
"Jesus referred to a wicked king as an old fox.
"Elvis told us of "A hunka, hunka of burning love"
"He is really hard nose".
"It is scarce as hen teeth."
"She is cold as ice."
These things (while being very expressive) are not said to be literal.
We see these used through the book of the Revelation:
The Lamb - The seven spirits - The whore that rides the back of the beast. - The new city is filled with Figures of Speech.
What I would like for us to consider in this study"
THERE ARE SEVEN FIGURES OF SPEECH THAT THE WORD OF GOD USES TO SHOW THE RELATIONSHIP OF JESUS TO HIS CHURCH. They are not literal. Most of them we could not possible understand as literal but not of them are.
1. The Shepherd and the Sheep
2. The Body and its members
3. The Temple and the stones
4. The Bread and those eating it.
5. The Vine and the Vinedresser
6. The oil and the Lamp.
7. The Bride and the Bridegroom.
They are not literal - They are figures of speech. If you try to make them walk on all four - it will break down. Each has one central truth - beyond that we can learn lessons but not draw doctrinal lines.
1. The Shepherd and the Sheep
(Psa 23: 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
2. The Body and it’s members
1 Cor 12: 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
3. The Temple and its stones.
1 Pet. 2:3 (NIV) now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
4. The Bread and the eater
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
5. The vine and the Vinedresser
15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.