Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Life as Metaphor


Mark 4:30,"...and He said,...or by what parable shall we present (picture) it?"

Mark 4:34,"...and He did not speak to them without a parable, but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples."

Parable means, 'a placing beside; a comparison; a similitude; a metaphor.'

The parable serves three purposes; to reveal, to conceal, to perpetuate.

The truth is revealed by the power of the analogy and illustration.

The truth is concealed due either to lack of instruction or because of an improper sympathy or mindset in acquiring the key to the hidden meaning.

The truth is perpetuated because it is embodied through form and body in the narrative and subsequently is available for future generations as tangible material preserved for the construction of the ways and means of applying principles and doctrines. The truth represented in the parables of Jesus have built into the presentation the perfect consciousness or revelation of the truth. There is distinctiveness between the form and the essence. The truth is never lost in the innuendo (implication or insinuation) of the parts, in the ambiguity (multiple interpretation) of the participants, the parable uses forceful association to exhibit the existent truth in the relationship between the illustration and the proof of the analogy represented. Those things that occur in the natural must also occur in the spiritual. The emphasis of the symbolism used is designed to bring focus to the deeper 'fundamental harmomy and parallelism' between that of natural and that of the spiritual realm. The selection of parables used by Jesus are reflective of the way things are, and bring insight into the very essence of reality, not by the choice of the symbol, but in the thing symbolized.

When you read Matthew 17:20, what part of the passage do you get hung up on?

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