lecture 31 - How Do We Use a Metaphor wool=our sins to be...

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1 The Nature of the Church Biblical Metaphors Lecture 31 How Do We Use a Metaphor? NO Metaphors are not to be understood in an overly-literal way. YES Metaphors are word pictures which correspond to and illustrate truth. NO Metaphors are not to be pressed in all their details. crook= the Spirit wool=our sins to be sheared Branches of a Vine Israel was a vine which God planted, but which failed to bear fruit. “My well-beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill. He dug it all around, removed its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine…Then He expected it to produce good grapes, but it produced only worthless ones.” Is. 5:1-2 The text goes on to predict judgment upon Israel’s failure. Cf. Ezek. 15:1-5, 19:10-14 Branches of a Vine Jesus is the True Vine . “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up…” John 15:1-8 The metaphor speaks of the life-giving nature of our connection to Christ. It also speaks of the fruitfulness which comes only from this connection. – We must “abide” in Christ. (Gk. m eno, to remain lastingly, to stay, to live) Where does a branch get its productivity? From the main Vine! Branches of a Vine “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” - Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing , 1758 Flock of Sheep In the OT, Israel was called a flock, and God was the Shepherd. – “Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock!” Ps. 80:1; cf. Ps. 23 The metaphor of sheep . highlights the themes of: – Dependence – Vulnerability – Gentle care by the shepherd – Feeding, leading and protecting
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2 Flock of Sheep Christ is the “Good Shepherd.” owns the Sheep gives His life for the sheep knows His sheep leads His sheep
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