Poetry and poetic passages fill the Bible pages from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation. In the NT, the songs of Mary, Anna and Simeon and the intimations of hymns belonging to the early Christian communities are mirrored by the great choruses of praise chanted by angelic and saintly hosts and entrusted to John to record in earthly phrases.
The majority of the Bible is couch in rural concepts and metaphors. The Lord declares His sovereignty over the nations in terms easily understood by those living in a pastoral setting:
No, for all the nations of the world
are but a drop in the bucket.
They are nothing more
than dust on the scales.
He picks up the whole earth
as though it were a grain of sand. – Isaiah 40:15
The picture employed here is of a girl fetching water in a container from a well or river. As she hoists the pitcher to her head and trudges back home, a few drops slop over the edge and drip down. The ‘nations’ are like those drips to the Lord. A rural community cannot but get the point.
Many of Jesus’ parables are based on an understanding of nature. The stories make telling points precisely because Jesus’ audience understands the implicit details of each natural situation.