One of the things I hoped readers might glean from Mirror and from the planned (now unfortunately discarded) sequels was how God speaks to us.  One way he speaks is through allegory—through illustrations shown through the stories in the scriptures.  Do you speak allegory?

Let's talk about examples.  

God uses the relationship between man and wife to illustrate the relationship he has with his people. He uses firsts and seconds to illustrate the principle of works vs. grace. If there are two sons, the first will be a shadow of Adam, of the natural man, of a man trying to make his way through works, or a shadow of a works-based religion. And the second will be a shadow of the new man in Christ, the man who has cast aside works as a measure of his success with God, and taken on the mantle provided by Jesus, or a shadow of the true church.

Think about it.  Cain and Abel. Esau and Jacob.  Babylon, where they hoped to build their way to heaven, vs. Jerusalem, the eternal city established by God.  Leah, the wife who tried to win her husband's love by bearing many children, vs. Rachel, the barren wife who was, even so, favored.  

What do those types and shadows teach you about your own walk with the Lord? Will you be Leah, trying to win God's love through your fruit? Or Rachel, who eventually bore fruit, but that fruit was a miracle from God, and she was beloved even before she had Benjamin? Where is your focus? Are you worried about how you look? About your outward witness? Or do you simply love and trust God to make of you what he will? Are you still trying to shape yourself into an image that seems right to you? Or are you waiting on God to see what HE makes of you?

God doesn't just teach through words. He teaches through examples and illustrations in his word. He teaches in other ways as well. Can you name a few?

 


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