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Why God May Use Symbolism in the Bible
Throughout the symbolism in the Bible, we can see that God uses people, things or other concepts that we can easily understand to represent those ideas that are more complex to help give us a better understanding. This method of teaching is very common throughout the Bible. Much of the writings of Moses are considered largely metaphorical. Unfortunately, some people deny the literal meaning and then there are others who only look at the literal application and are unaware of the symbolic meaning found there. So, in addition to the literal meanings, there are often deeper meanings, which describe various features of God’s great Plan of Salvation.
Sometimes God’s Word is cloaked in symbols to hide a deeper meaning or to protect the messages.
“He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’”
– Luke 8:10
Many of the apocalyptic prophecies were given while the prophets were in a hostile foreign land. One reason God cloaked the prophecies in symbols was to protect the messages.
If you enjoy symbolism in the Bible, I hope you enjoy the following round up of posts about Bible symbols and meanings.
Sports imagery in the Bible. A look at what it means to run the race for Christ including related scripture and other Bible symbolism.
Color Symbolism in the Bible
Colors are used throughout the Bible to reflect meanings or spiritual truths. They have a symbolic significance and can remind us of God and his plan for our salvation. Here is a round up of posts I've written about the symbolism of colors in the Bible. Bible symbolism is one of my absolute favorite things to study in the Bible. How about you?
Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women deepen their walk with God through Bible study and creative worship and strengthen their marriages.
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