Painting A Picture,
Jesus, in describing the importance of the Bible, the eternal Scriptures, said, “Man shalt not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). He used this quote from Deuteronomy 8:3 as He triumphantly resisted Satan’s temptations in the wilderness at the beginning of His ministry. This dramatic and crucial moment will forever stand as a lesson to us in the use of Scripture as a powerful weapon against temptation, sin and the devil.
But there is more to this passage than simply a method for resisting temptation.
As Jesus speaks these words, it is as if He is painting a picture for us. Jesus links the idea of bread and Scripture and hunger together. This is a concept that can be grasped immediately, especially if one has been fasting 40 days like Jesus had been! Later in His ministry, Jesus, the Living Word of God, declares that He is the Bread of Life come down from heaven, and those that eat of it will live (see John 6). Jesus used a kind of picture -language called “parables” to help people understand – or see – more dearly what He was saying.
In the same way, the Holy Spirit used “picture language” throughout the Bible in describing the Holy Scriptures themselves, which were inspired by God. Often spiritual truths can be portrayed more clearly by the use of symbols. These symbols bring a picture to the human mind, making it much easier to understand certain truths.
There are a number of symbols that God Himself chose to describe His own Word. These symbols help us understand more about the nature of the Scriptures themselves. They also assist us in perceiving believer whose life is surrendered to the Lordship of Christ.
This article will briefly examine these God-inspired symbols for the Word of God that the Bible contains, giving further insight into the power and life contained in the Holy Scriptures.
The Image Of Jesus
“For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does ” (Jas 1:23-25).
God’s Word is a revealer of the human heart. It helps us to better understand our motives and our actions. The Bible reveals to us:
- What we are like,
- Why we are that way,
- What we ought to DO about what is revealed.
God uses the revealing power of the Word to bring us to a place of taking action on what is revealed. If we were to look at ourselves in a mirror and see dirt on our face, food on our chin or our hair mussed up, would we walk away and do nothing? Or would we stop and take action on what is revealed? Would we leave the mess that we see, or would we get cleaned up?