Read Part One of the Investigative Quiet Time Series HERE
“He’s as cute as Liam Hemsworth.”
“She can sing like Taylor Swift.”
Comparisons are a part of our everyday lives. When they’re made about us, they can boost our confidence or hurt it. When they’re in the Bible, they can help us to better understand a person or truth. Other people may not always be accurate in their opinions and comparisons of us. But we can trust God’s Word to give us a deeper understanding of how life with God works. Comparisons are one of His tools.
Have you noticed the comparisons in Scripture? The Good Shepherd and the sheep. The vine and the branches. When God uses word pictures, or metaphors, in His Word, He’s using things we know about to help us understand things we don’t. Unpacking the hidden truths in a comparison makes a quiet time more adventurous.
- Why does God call us sheep in John 10?
- In John 15, why is it a good thing that Jesus is the vine and we’re the branches, and not the other way around?
- Why is it comforting that Jesus is called the captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10 NKJV) and our “Advocate with the Father” (1 John 2:1 NKJV)?
Metaphors aren’t the only clues that we’ve found a comparison. The words like or as signal comparisons also. Jesus said,
“O Jerusalem … How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
Matthew 23:37 NKJV
What does this comparison show us? Jerusalem missed a chance to experience Jesus’ loving care because they weren’t willing. Otherwise He would have gathered them close to Himself.
So now you’re armed with a new element of Bible study to look for.
Check out the first post in the series, Hunting for Contrasts, if you missed it. When we have something to look for in Scripture, it helps us to stay focused and enrich our understanding of God’s Word. So hunt for the two c’s—comparisons and contrasts—and discover another layer of understanding that can impact your daily life.
What comparisons in Scripture can you think of? Do you have a favorite word picture or name used for Jesus? Tell us in the comments below, and happy hunting!
Katy Kauffman – Column: Quiet Time Tips: Delighting in God and His Word