Summary: Third in a Series on metaphors in the Bible. It compares the Word of God to Light
AS A LIGHT
Series: Metaphors in the Bible– Sermon Three
We began this series a few weeks ago and took last week off to Preach on the Christmas Story
But I want to get back to the Series on the WORD OF GOD
I began the First Two Messages on WHY WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD
I told you in the Last Message that we would begin a Metaphorical Study of the Word of God
Don’t let the Word “Metaphorical” shy you away from the messages
Metaphors & Similes are a normal part of our lives!!!
We all would probably be amazed just how much we use them in our every day vernacular
MUHAMMED ALI USED A GREAT SIMILE
Float Like a Butterfly, Stink like a Bee
Metaphors and similes are great creative writing tools.
They are used in form of comparison.
AS A WRITER, USING THESE TECHNIQUES HELPS TO PROMOTE VISUALS WITH WORDS.
BASICALLY – METAPHORS AND SIMILES ARE WORD PICTURES
IT IS CALLED SPEAKING FIGURATIVELY
A SIMILE is a comparison using like or as. It usually compares two Dissimilar or Different objects.
For example: His feet were as big as boats. We are comparing the size of feet to boats.
A metaphor states that one thing IS something else. It is a comparison, but it does NOT use like or as to make the comparison.
For example: Her hair is silk. The sentence is comparing (or stating) that hair is silk.
And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they
called his name Esau.
And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the
top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
THE BOOK OF JOB IS FULL OF METAPHORS AND SIMILES
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a
shadow, and continueth not.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not
wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Ps 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my
heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
DAVID SAID IN Ps 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
I could go On and On in the Word of God showing you that it is a book of Hidden Truths
This Bible is a Book that Many times I have to read the Same verse over and over and over to get the richness of the Meaning
IT IS FILLED WITH ANALOGIES AND SYMBOLS AND PARABLES
Solomon called them DARK SAYINGS IN PROVERBS ONE
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of
the wise, and their dark sayings.
“DARK SAYINGS” Words expressed in an Enigmatical or Mysterious way, to require the reader to study if they would understand their meaning!!
Analogies are not only to be imagined, but are intended by God to be traced between the story of Israel and the lives of believers.
Israel was ordained to be a type; the tribes and their marchings are living allegories traced by the hand of an all wise providence.
Unspiritual persons may sneer about fancies and mysticisms, but Paul spake
well when he said "which things are an allegory" in Galatians 4:24
LOOK AT MATTHEW 13:34-35
There are so many Metaphors and Similes in the Word of God
God intended it that Way – GOD WROTE IT THAT WAY
Now I can’t preach a series on every Metaphor and Symbol in the Bible
That would take a life time
But we are going to a Study of the Bible in Metaphors
WHAT THE BIBLE COMPARES ITSELF TO!!!
Let’s Start tonight with Study the Symbol of Light
THE WORD OF GOD AS LIGHT
Psalm 119:105 -- METAPHOR
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
II Peter 1:19 -- SIMILE
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”