How the Bible speaks of the divine
The Bible's images for God must be taken in an analogical sense. Yet the Bible exhibits no anxiety about using them.
Rom. 7:15-25; Matt. 11:16-19 & 25-30
The God of Israel and of Jesus is the God of Exodus who leads His
people from the desert to the promised land, from a dry and dusty land
to a well-watered garden, from slavery toward sabbath.
Gen. 22:1-14; Rom. 6:12-23; Matt. 10:40-42
Preachers have often imagined an anguished Abraham staggering toward
Moriah as he leads his son to his death. But the biblical account
contains no anguish, no heated arguments with Sarah (“Yahweh told you what?”),
no teetering on the edge of faith.
Gen. 21:8-21; Rom. 6:1-11; Matt. 10:24-39
Whenever a fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time, there were three
brothers,” we anticipate that the older brothers are oafs and the
younger will be unexpectedly successful.
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