May 24, 2023

Picture Deeper Truths

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“This is speaking allegorically, for these women are two covenants: one coming from Mount Sinai giving birth to children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar […] the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.”—Galatians 4:24, 26 NASB

Paul said that when the Old Testament referred to two covenants, it was speaking “allegorically.” The Greek word, used here for the only time in the Bible, is the root of the English word allegory.

Allegories are like word paintings, ways to use symbols to portray truths that can be hard to define. This word reminds us that there are many levels within God’s Word. Truths that may be apparent on the surface also can reveal deeper things through study, prayer, and revelation.

As you read and study the Bible, remember that God can speak to you in many ways. Remember that Jesus Himself often used parables, speaking in “things hidden.” He even said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that has been buried (Matthew 13:35, 44) with insights that can be revealed to those who ask and dig.

Thinking about these principles, we need to study the Bible prayerfully and ask God for insights. It is so rewarding to read the Bible and realize that there are depths behind the depths. There always is more to understand, a deeper meaning ready to be revealed.

As you read the Bible, approach the Word carefully and reverently. Be careful not to interject your own interpretations of the text. Stay sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, alert to truths that can come alive as you study and He leads you.

Reflection Question: How can you ensure that you are interpreting Scripture correctly?

Father, open my eyes to deeper truths in Your Word. Give me discernment as You reveal hidden things through Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Galatians 4