Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The Bible describes God's word in many different ways. You will enjoy reading the Bible and understanding it more when you think of God's word as one or all of the following five metaphors.
1. God's Word Is Light
God's word is light that enables God's people to see in the dark. According to Psalm 119:105, God's word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. The psalmist used that metaphor because he knew that workers went out to do their chores early in the morning when it was still dark.
They could not use their hands to hold a lamp while working. Therefore, they strapped a lamp around their ankles so the light would shine on a path for them to see where to walk. That's why the psalmist said God's word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
God's word can still light our path and show us where to go in the dark. It will light up in the darkest places of our lives.
2. God's Word Is Food
God's word is food. We have a physical appetite for food to eat for our bodies. We also need God's word as food for our spiritual appetite.
Without God's word, we will remain empty on the inside. Job said it well when he said God's word was more to him than food for his body (Job 23:12).
Jesus said in John 4:24, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. In other words, food for Jesus was the word of God. It should be the same for us.
3. God's Word Is a Seed
In Matthew 13:3-8, Jesus told a parable about God's word being a seed. He said a farmer was sowing his seeds and some fell along the path. The birds came and ate them up. Some fell on rocky places where there was not much soil. When the sun came out, the plants were scorched. They withered because they had no root. Other seeds fell among thorns and the thorns choked the plants. Still, other seeds fell on good soil. Those seeds produced a bountiful crop yielding a hundred sixty or thirty times what was sown.
The seeds in the parable are an illustration of God's word and what it does when it is read and heard.
4. God's Word Is a Tool
God's word is a tool. In Jeremiah 23:29, the specific tool is a hammer. God asked, "Is not my word like fire and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?" It is a rhetorical question because we can use the word of God as a hammer to break up negative things so they can be eliminated from our lives.
Jeremiah was a major prophet in the Bible. He heard from God and did what God told him to do. When we read about the life of Jeremiah, we can be like him and obey God's word because it will be like fire shut up in our bones. That is how powerful God's word is.
5. God's Word is a Weapon
God's word is a weapon. According to Hebrews 4:12, "It is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword." That means God's word doesn't take long to have an impact on those who read it in the Bible or hear it in sermons. It will cut like a sword with two sharp edges.
God's word will shape us into the right position when we read, study, meditate on and obey what God says.
Other Metaphors for God's Word
There are other metaphors for God's word. The ones not listed are just as powerful. The ones listed above are easy ones to understand.
God's word takes on a very special meaning when we realize that it is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. God's word will keep us full as food for our spirit. When we embrace God's word as a seed, it will produce a plentiful harvest.
We can think of God's word as a tool. We are assured that it can smash the negative things from our lives like a hammer. Since the word of God is a weapon, we can fight back by using what is written in the Bible. We can say like Jesus, "It is written..."