The Word of God – 17 Symbols revealing the nature and power of Scripture

The Nature of God’s Word is revealed to us through the many symbolic pictures that scripture paints. God likens His Word to many things. Each reveals a facet of truth regarding the nature and power of God’s Word. Just as the Living Word, Jesus Christ, has many facets to His character, so the written Word is full of surprises, with new insights being revealed to the diligent seeker again and again…

  1. Fire (Jeremiah 23:29) burns, cleanses and purges.

  2. A Hammer (Jeremiah 23:29) 
Smashes and demolishes evil.
  3. A Lamp (Psalms 119:105) Illuminates the darkness, shining the light of truth upon our lives.
  4. A Mirror (James 1:23)
 Reveals to us what we are and what we can be in God.

  5. Milk (1 Peter 2:2)
 Nourishes the young in Christ.
  6. A Rod (Revelation 11:1-2)
 As a measuring instrument setting the divine standard in all matters.
  7. A Seed (Luke 8:11, 1 Peter 1:23) 
Life producing, having the potential of eternal life within it.
  8. A Sword (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17)
 Sharp, two-edged, separates the things of soul and spirit.
  9. Water (Ephesians 5:26) 
Life-giving, refreshing, cleansing.

  10. Gold (Psalm 19:9-10)
 Priceless value. You can dig endless treasures from it.
  11. Honey (Psalm 19:9-10)
 Sweet to the taste.

  12. An ox-goad (Ecclesiastes 12:11) 
It prods us to fulfil our duties.

  13. A Nail (Ecclesiastes 12:11)
 Fastens in a sure place. You can hang things upon it.

  14. Bread (Matthew 4:4)
 The staff of life, ever-fresh, meant for daily consumption.

  15. An Anchor (Hebrews 6:18-19) 
Holds us secure through every storm.

  16. A Star or Light (2 Peter 1:19)

  17. Meat (Hebrews 5:13-14)
 Strength giving food for the mature.

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