The Bible is eminently full of pictures that tell about God. No one has ever seen God, and until Christ became flesh humanity had not gazed on divine glory. We need those pictures to give us some sense of the invisible, whether it is from the sky or other parts of the natural world or from the words of his messengers, because God is still invisible.
Psalms 19:1 is a popular saying about this kind of revelation.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Paul affirms the access all people have in Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Some pictures that have been used are inappropriate and dangerous. Below are mirror, love (without the Cross), law as vaccine, divine live as compliance with demands, and law as transcript.
- Law is a mirrow. It shows only sin. Something other is a better choice. Really? A mirror that shows something other than what is in front of it is a perversion. A thing shows the righteous God? No. Nicht. Nyet. It takes GOD to show GOD, And since there is no one or no thing that is righteous it takes God to show righteousness.
- Love is proven by what we do (such as eat and drink) or things we do no ever do. God is not a thing we do . The only people who have a problem with loving God are those reject love without conditions, people who want to cling to discrimination against outsiders.
- Law is vaccine (hidden in the heart prevents sin). Lying testimony or creative writing? Psalms 119:11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 130:3-4 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
- God’s Love is all he knows and does. He commends it by the gift of his Son. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. If God’s love for Christ has anything to do with commands it has to be the laying down of one life for the sins of all, as John 10:18 reports.
No man taketh [my life] from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
The law is transcript only as written (in stone). The Law is not exactly what God’s character is. It is not a report of what God has done with a grade. It it not transcribed from one language into another.
Should not God’s character be his excellence: love, abundance of goodness and truth (reliability)? One thing is certain about what the Law portrays. Human failure is presumed with every utterance of the law (Romans 3:19) and it is not the decalogue that provides the picture of sin and its relief. We find that in Numbers where the bronze serpent is elevated, conforming to the saying “He who knew no sin became sin for us”.