The Bible in Semitic thought-forms

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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.

 

 

 

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Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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