Allegory

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With the unmooring of the symbol the objects and metaphor within an allegory become idols and the instruction of the author is lost to the sophistry of the Satans of the world.

In Galatians 4:24 we see, "Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar."

The word allegory appears once in the Bible and in the Greek is the word allegoreo [1] This reference is of the story in Genesis being an allegory about the two sons of Abraham and the fact that one came from a free-woman and one came from a bondwoman is not unique in scripture.

A synonym for an allegory is the word parable which appears in the old and new testaments. In the Old Testament the word parable is also translated proverb[2]. In the New Testament the Greek word is parabole [3] which is generally a story like an allegory which is a comparing or comparison of one thing with another.

An allegory is "a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one." It is "a didactic narrative" and can include what is simply "a moral fable." The essential or viable purpose of a didactic narrative is to be instructive, teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson. If we focus to much on the details of the story treating it as only a historical narrative we may miss the point the author is making.

While we may agree with Paul in Galatians by believing the story of Abraham to be true, the Bible is full of allegories that are trying to teach us the moral code of God's Spiritual identity. That moral code is the character of the name of God and manifests itself by the deeds or works of men as social virtues.

An allegory is a metaphor whose vehicle may be a character, place or event, representing real-world or spiritual issues. It can readily illustrate complex ideas and concepts in ways that may not be comprehensible or memorable to the readers or hearer of the story but because the story and its images are memorable it is past down from generation to generation.

The people in bondage in Egypt came out under the authority of Moses who could have reigned as king and high-priest. But he empowered the people to manage their government without any kings to rule over them. Almost all the support for the government was based on freewill offerings in the form of tithes rather than taxes, a voluntary army, peoples courts, and an appeals court consisting of public servants who served the people through charity. Jesus brought the people out of the bondage of Judea to the system of Corban set up by Herod and the Pharisees and even the bondage of Rome because he was another king as stated in Acts 17:7 whose kingdom was not of the world of Pontius Pilate.

In Galatians 4:8 Paul asks the Celts of the Galatians, "Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

This reference is undoubtedly to the same unmooring of the symbols and metaphors of the Bible from the moral or political instructions intended. The Sabbath is a typical example of this unmooring and its effects. The commandment to keep holy the Sabbath which we see in Exodus 20:8 includes further instructions in Exodus 20:9 [4] and an allegorical reference to why in Exodus 20:11 [5] expressing a natural order of things.

The previous commandments of Exodus 20 were about not having any other gods or becoming subject to them where you had to serve them or claiming that you served and worshiped the God of heaven when you were obligated to serve the other gods. This dual status or two masters ends in the inevitable reality of taking His name in vain because you cannot Serve two masters.

Nothing makes men gods, who can rule one over the other and force the service of other men, more than debt. The commandment is about working first and then taking your earned rest. It is an instruction about staying out of debt to the men who will become the gods many of the world. But those who unmoore the symbols of the instructions and keep days like the Sabbath often find themselves in the bondage of debt entangled in the elements of the world even though they observed what they have misinterpreted to be the Sabbath.

Many people—if not most—who consider themselves Sabbath keepers, by the keeping of days have fallen into debts as individuals and as nations where they must bow down and serve the gods many of the world.

Many look to the scriptures for answers and rightly so. But when people read words their mind is choosing one or more of the definitions of a word to determine the truth. They are accepting or rejecting information as allegory or technically historical account.

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Allegory is also defined as a symbol. Words are symbols of ideas and in Hebrew even the letters are symbols for an idea that is contained in the word. The language is designed to create a multitude of metaphors that lend themselves to sophistry where Trees are sources, to honor is to fatten or enrich, a rein of control is also a kidney, a pile of stones is also a council.

The words of the Bible can be easily misinterpreted because of the wide range of meanings which can be applied. We may look at the context of history, the opinions of scholars, or our own experience and observation but, Relying on a spirit to guide us is what we are all reduced to do no matter what else we use in that process.

The spirit that we let live in us will filter all we see, read or hear. The understanding which results from our studies and observations will be the results of that spirit. Is it the Holy Spirit of God or the legions of other spirits who desire to influence and even control us?

Over the centuries thousands of sects and denominations have risen among those who study scripture, however only the Holy Spirit of God can actually guide people into becoming a peculiar people and allow them to enter the Kingdom of God at hand and be known as the living.

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To find the answers we must seek and strive to do what Jesus said the way He said to do it... Including attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.

The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.

The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.


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Footnotes

  1. 238 ~ἀλληγορέω~ allegory \@al-lay-gor-eh’-o\@ from 243 and agoreo (to harangue, cf 58); v AV-be an allegory 1; 1
    1) to speak allegorically or in a figure
  2. 04912 ^לשׁמ^ mashal \@maw-shawl’\@ apparently from 04910 in some original sense of superiority in mental action; n m; AV-proverb 19, parable 18, byword 1, like 1; 39: 1) proverb, parable
    1a) proverb, proverbial saying, aphorism
    1b) byword
    1c) similitude, parable
    1d) poem
    1e) sentences of ethical wisdom, ethical maxims
  3. 3850 ~παραβολή~ parabole \@par-ab-ol-ay’\@ from 3846; n f AV-parable 46, figure 2, comparison 1, proverb 1; 50
    1) a placing of one thing by the side of another, juxtaposition, as of ships in battle
    2) metaph.
    2a) a comparing, comparison of one thing with another, likeness, similitud:: 2b) an example by which a doctrine or precept is illustrate:: 2c) a narrative, fictitious but agreeable to the laws and usages of human life, by which either the duties of men or the things of God, particularly the nature and history of God’s kingdom are figuratively portraye:: 2d) a parable: an earthly story with a heavenly meanin
    3) a pithy and instructive saying, involving some likeness or comparison and having preceptive or admonitory force 3a) an aphorism, a maxi
    4) a prover
    5) an act by which one exposes himself or his possessions to danger, a venture, a risk
  4. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
  5. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
  6. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.