The scripture for today, November 24 (11/24), is Ezekiel 11:24 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God.”
Symbolism in the Bible is God’ is God’s way of getting deeper into the meaning of something for our human understanding.
For example, how did the Holy Spirit move people? Not by making them fall down, but by lifting them up. Ezekiel was the prophet who experienced this most often, and the Spirit never made Ezekiel swoon and fall down. It always lifted him up. Literally.
Jesus said in John 14:17 that he would send the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth. And in John 17:17 he said, “Your [God’s] Word is Truth.”
The Word of God does throw some people off symbolically but not physically, and that’s because they don’t like everything it says. So, they, in turn, throw the Bible down in a symbolic sense.
Even today, the Word of God lifts up the soft-hearted and receptive. If we let it, the Word of God can turn our lives around (in a symbolic sense ~ we don’t physically turn around) and our souls can soar to the throne of God (in a symbolic sense, not literally).
Be careful when reading something in the Bible that is symbolic to not turn it into something literal. Symbolism is there to convey a greater understanding of God that cannot be put into human words. Keep on reading the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit continue to lift you up.
These are God’s parables in phrase form instead of story form. What would we do without the Walls of Salvation, the Good Shepherd, the Lamb of God? So, let God lift you up. Let your soul soar with gladness.
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