Imagery of God

Sometimes I am amazed at the word pictures and imagery that God used in the Bible. I am reading through Jeremiah right now and at every turn there is a new passage that leaps out at me. I am captivated by the whole “Judah as prostitute” motif because I think it describes their rebellion so clearly.

Here Jeremiah 3:2-3 (NIV)

 2 “Look up to the barren heights and see.
       Is there any place where you have not been ravished?
       By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers,
       sat like a nomad in the desert.
       You have defiled the land
       with your prostitution and wickedness.

 3 Therefore the showers have been withheld,
       and no spring rains have fallen.
       Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute;
       you refuse to blush with shame.

There is something about the “refuse to blush with shame” part that just won’t get out of my head. God is saying there here is a double offense: you sin against me and then you don’t even feel bad for it. 

More times than I want to admit that has been me.  

2 thoughts on “Imagery of God

  • February 7, 2008 at 12:21 AM
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    This makes me think of Derek Webb songs.

    Wedding Dress

    i am a whore i do confess
    but i put you on just like a wedding dress
    and i run down the aisle
    i’m a prodigal with no way home
    but i put you on just like a ring of gold
    and i run down the aisle to you

    and

    i am so easily satisfied
    by the call of lovers less wild
    that i would take a little cash
    over your very flesh and blood

    The Church

    i have long pursued her
    as a harlot and a whore
    but she will feast upon me
    she will drink and thirst no more

    and

    i have always been her husband
    though many lovers she has known
    so with water i will wash her
    and by my word alone

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  • February 7, 2008 at 8:01 AM
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    I’m a big Derek Webb fan.

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