Throughout the Bible God uses visuals and stories to get His point across. When I say rainbow, Moses’ staff, two tablets with 10 laws on them, the Tabernacle, ark of the covenant, the Temple, a man with leprosy, the vine, the fig tree, a dove, and the cross, what kinds of pictures and stories do they bring up for you? Symbols mean something and have the spiritual purpose of bringing us closer to God and understanding Him.
I love Bible stories because they help me see God working with humans like me, some who tried to be faithful and failed, others who mostly succeeded in pleasing God. I am sad when I see a chosen man of God who starts out well but doesn’t end well. I try to see where that man went wrong and take it as a warning not to fall into his pattern. King Uzziah was one of those who was brought to my mind recently. Continue reading