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The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand. (Psalm 119:130, NLT)
A metaphor is a figure of speech. You use it to describe one thing by comparing it directly to another. A metaphor equates the two items as in, “Matt is a couch potato.”
The metaphor paints in your mind an image of a lump on a sofa. Yet obviously, Matt is not a type of tuber vegetable, but an avid TV watcher who gets very little exercise.
We can identify with these familiar images.
That’s a big reason why God uses metaphors throughout scripture. They help us understand spiritual principles – which can be abstract to our human minds – in concrete terms and can answer our questions in tangible ways. Here are few examples:
You can explain an abstract truth with a metaphor. It’s a device that lets you communicate intangible concepts in tangible terms.
A metaphor explains an intangible concept in tangible terms.
Thank you for using familiar images to help me understand spiritual principles. I want to write with clarity. Show me ways to communicate intangible concepts in tangible terms.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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