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Metaphor, Symbol, Allegory, Parable
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:57:09 PM »
Metaphor:  implicit comparison: the use of a word or phrase to describe somebody or something that is not meant literally but by means of a vivid comparison something about him, her, or it, e.g. saying that somebody is a snake

Symbol:  something that stands for or represents something else, especially an object representing an abstraction.

Allegory:  a work in which the characters and events are to be understood as representing other things and symbolically expressing a deeper, often spiritual, moral, or political meaning.

Parable:  a short simple story intended to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.



Seth on Challenges with Revelation Thread ... "... following a pattern present in the Scriptures of both positive and negative uses of a metaphor."  I agree

For example:
Lion of the tribe of Judah   Positive
Roaring lion                      Negative

Scripture support--
Rev 5:5 (AMP)
Then one of the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping!  See, the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, the Root of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)!  He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!

Ezekiel 22:25
There is a conspiracy of [Israel's false] prophets in the midst of her, like a ROARING LION tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken [in their greed] treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.

Psalm 22:13
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

1 Peter 5:8
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a LION ROARING [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.

It seems to me that the positive use of a metaphor is used in connection with God and the negative use in connection with man???
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Re: Metaphor, Symbol, Allegory, Parable
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 07:10:38 PM »
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Re: Metaphor, Symbol, Allegory, Parable
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 12:27:23 AM »
I thought of an extremely good metaphor that the Lord uses for His people! It's in Isaiah 61:

1The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,a
2to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3and provide for those who grieve in Zionó
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Oh my gosh, this whole chapter is amazing and makes me want to jump up and down for joy, thank you Lord!!
From Him and through Him and to Him are all things.