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Parallelisms in the Bible

Discussion in 'Bible Chat' started by B-A-C, Jan 30, 2013.

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  1. Parallelism, it seems this is a concept all people who study the Bible aren't familiar with.

    This just means two things are similar but not exactly the same.
    For example two cars might parallel parked. In the same direction on the same street, but they aren't the same car, perhaps not even the same make of car.
    Two lines on a page can be parallel to each other, go the same direction, perhaps be the same length or color, but obviously they can't occupy the same space on the page.

    Some churches teach this, some churches say it is blasphemy.

    Perhaps the most common example of this is the book of Ruth.
    To some, it's just a random story of a widow who married a relative. Now why would this story be in the Bible?
    Well for one thing it's part of David and Jesus' lineage, so that might be part of it. Ruth was Jesus' great, great... (add a few more greats here) grandmother.
    We also know that Ruth was a Gentile (Moabite) who believed in God, so maybe that is another purpose for the story, to show some Gentiles believed in God.
    Also this means that Jesus was part Gentile way back in his earthly ancestry.

    But perhaps this story is a lot more than that, some believe it is a story about a "kinsman-redeemer".
    They believe Boaz to be a type of Christ.
    In that he was a blood relative of Ruth. Rom 1:3; Heb 2:14
    He paid the price for a forfeited inheritance. 1 Pet 1:18-19
    He was willing to redeem her. Heb 10:7
    This is an example God caring for his people. Ruth 2:12
    Perhaps this story reveals part of the very nature of God and his love for us.

    Another example of this is the book of Hosea.
    Perhaps it's just a book about a Prophet with an unfaithful wife during a time when Israel was repeatedly unfaithful to God.
    ..or, perhaps it's a story about God's faithfulness to Israel even when Israel was unfaithful to him.
    Again, revealing part of the very nature of who God is.

    There are at least a dozen or so other examples in the Bible,
    Another common one is Ezekiel 28, some believe this to be a story only about the King of Tyre.
    Others believe him to be a type of Satan,
    A description of this person is likened to a description of Satan himself.

    Some say these things "are the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven" (Matt 13:11; Luke 8:10; 1 Cor 4:1 ) that only only be known if the Holy Spirit reveals them to you.
    Others say it's adding meaning to the Bible that isn't really there.

    All I can say is, pray about it and see what God reveals to you.
  2. A few more examples.

    Some believe this verse to be talking about Jesus, others do not.
    Isa 53:2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
    Isa 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
    Isa 53:4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
    Isa 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
    Isa 53:6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.
    Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
    Isa 53:8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
    Isa 53:9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
    Isa 53:10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
    Isa 53:11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.
    Isa 53:12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
    Compare these verses with Matt 27, Matt 15 and John 18 & 19.

    Another example.
    Isa 35:7 The scorched land will become a pool And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals, its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes.
    Isa 35:8 A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it.
    Isa 35:9 No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there,
    Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
    Compare these verses with Rev 21 & 22.

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