The Strength of Metaphor
The dictionary defines a metaphor as “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness between them.” We use metaphors all the time in our common speech. “I’m drowning in paperwork” is an example of a metaphor. They are useful for helping us make connections in our understanding the point an author is trying to make.
Six “awful” metaphors
The use of the word “awful” here is meant to indicate the seriousness of the point Jude is illustrating. These are, in fact, strong metaphors to help us understand the danger of false teachers and their potentially devastating effect on our faith should we choose to follow them.
Here is a brief summary list from verses 12 and 13 of the book of Jude:
- Dangerous reefs
- Self-interested shepherds
- Waterless clouds
- Trees in late autumn
- Wild waves
- Wandering stars
God has given us the book of Jude to help us recognize false teachers even today. May he grant us wisdom and discernment in doing so. Join Pastor John Underhill in part 5 of the continuing series on Jude.
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