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The Jewel of Pondering
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19, NIV).
On the title page of Pilgrim's Progress, a statement and a Bible verse stood out.
The statement was that the book had been "delivered under the similitude of a dream."
The author supports this with Hosea 12:10 from the King James Bible, "I have … used similitudes."
Both echoed what I had read in the Bible about God speaking through dreams and visions. The Old Testament tells of Jacob, Joseph and Daniel. New Testament examples include Joseph and Peter.
However, I believed what I'd heard from the pulpit and was taught by Biblical scholars, namely; after the canon of Scripture was complete, there was no longer the need for God to speak in any way, other than through the Bible. This is one interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10. "But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away." (NKJV). According to this interpretation, "that which is perfect" is the completed Bible.
I heard ministers warn that Christians should be wary of wild-eyed mystics. One pastor even attributed visions, dreams and personal communion to indigestion from eating too much pizza. Along with many others in the congregation, I laughed at the notion. Now my laughter was being challenged.
The New International Version of the Bible translates Hosea 12:10 into more contemporary language. "I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."
I lingered on that verse and John Bunyan's claim that his book had been delivered through a dream. Like precious jewels, the verse and statement contained many facets. I thought about the word delivered. Babies and packages are delivered. But could a book or a message be delivered from God?
I knew this was true of the Bible, which 2 Peter 1:20-21 describes as written by men inspired by God. Of course, the Bible is the foundation against which all doctrine is weighed.
What about individuals? Does God deliver books and messages to you and me? The questions wouldn't go away.
PEARL TO PONDER: Do you believe that God still speaks in ways described in the Bible, such as visions and dreams?
LOVE NUGGET: God is your friend and you are His. In two-way conversations, friends share their hearts. As we read in the Bible, "I have called you friends."
 According to the Free Dictionary, online, "a simile, allegory or parable."
 See Genesis 28:10-19
 See Genesis 37:5-11
 See Daniel 7-8.
 See Matthew 2:13
 See Acts 10:11-16
 John 15:15, NKJV
Submitted by Flora Reigada and printed here with permission. See Flora’s Picture and bio HERE, or click the CONTRIBUTORS tab above.