The believers use many different illustrations from their own culture to teach the scriptures. It is always a thrill to hear them expound the word and teach the word in such practical ways where it really has punch. Yes, God has done many wonderful things in the lives of the P teachers as He prepares them to shepherd the churches out there. Here then are just a few of the many illustrations that the P people use:
A Pig Herder and the Rapture:
As a pig herder goes out into the savannah when the sun first gets up in the sky to gather together all his pigs from the woods and swamps and along the river, so in the same way our Older Brother Jesus will gather together all the believers from everywhere when he comes suddenly to get us in the calculated day.
A snake and temptation:
Like we kill a snake quickly on the trail with no playing around, so in the same way we should kill sin dead quickly, not allowing it to bite us in any way.
Firewood and mutual encouragement:
Just like a piece of firewood won’t continue to burn without a companion, so in the same way are we believers. We are not ones who stand alone well but rather we are ones who stand strong when we are saying building-up words to each other. So let’s give helping words to each other and live burning brightly.
A machete and the gifts of the Spirit:
The true Spirit has given us many different workings. We have workings for teaching, workings for helping others, and workings for making others stand strong in their spirits. But would we throw a new machete to the ground and leave it there? Would we let it lie in the rain and rust and become old? No, we would take good care of it and use it and accomplish our work. So in the same way we need to have our different workings that the true Spirit has given us. Let’s not throw these workings to the ground like a machete and neglect them and let them remain as if they are all rusted, but rather let’s work using them to do what the one who is like the Head wants us to do.
A bucket, a river, and the love of God:
How much does the true God love us? Okay then, just take bucket and go to the river. I want you to measure the water in the river. Measure well and long. How much water is there in the river. But no, it doesn’t resemble measuring. It is beyond measuring. It truly cannot be measured. So it is with the true God’s love for us. It cannot be measured. No one can say, “Ah yes, the true God loves us this much.” No, it cannot be measured because it is beyond measuring.
A lily pad and spiritual enlightenment:
There should be no lilly pad thinking among us believers. What did the sent-one Paul say? He said that we should think deeply about God and know Him well. So, we shouldn’t think like a lilly pad that just floats on the surface of the water. No, we should think like a rock that goes way down deep right to the bottom. Yes, that is the way that we should think about God and his important message to us.
A canoe and the will:
Do you tell your canoe to go out and get fish for you? Do you tell your machete to go weed the garden for you? No, these things don’t move on their own. They only move when we make them move. But we aren’t like a canoe that has no will. We aren’t like a machete that can’t decide to do things. No, we have thinking. When God made Adam, he made him with the capacity to think, to choose, to do. Yes, he made us resembling Himself. He has the capacity to choose, and so do we.
A trail, the tall grass, and working in the light:
Let’s live walking the trail of truth. Let’s not live as if we have gone off the trail and are out living in the tall grass. Let’s live within the boundaries of the true God’s words, just like fish stay within the boundaries of the creek.
A twisted foot and falling into sin:
When we sin and go off the trail of truth, it is as if we have twisted our foot and have fallen over. It is like we have fallen in the slippery, wet areas and are just lying there in the water and mud. No, we shouldn’t just stay there. We should quickly get up and keep walking on the trail of truth.
Deer traps and Satan:
Satan has many traps out there that he has set for us. Just as we make our deer traps in gardens by digging deep holes and putting spikes in the bottom and then covering them with branches and leaves so the deer fall in and die, so in the same way Satan works to deceive us make it as if we fall into his traps.
A heavy pole and working together:
Let’s work together since we are all connected to each other through the One Who is like the Head of the body. Let’s work together. Just like we work together to carry a heavy pole, so in the same way let’s work together and do God’s work in togetherness.
A hook and deception:
Does the fish know that he is about to die? Does the fish think, “Ah yes, that isn’t really is a trap, that is really a deception, it has a hook in it?” No he doesn’t. And because of that he just grabs that food with the hook and dies. Let’s be as alert ones. Let’s not live as if we are as blind ones. Let’s live measuring all things with the true God’s words.
A deer trap and helping one another:
When our brother falls into a trap, what do we do? Do we look at him just seeing past him? Do we look but truly not see? No, let’s help him back on the trail of truth. Let’s do as if we help him out of the trap-hole and help get him back on the trail of truth.
Cow branding and being sealed:
When we were first saved, the true Spirit came to make his home in us. And we are now as branded ones. Just as the cow owners put a mark on their cows, so in the same way the true Spirit has marked us. We are marked well. The evil spirits look at us and know that we belong to the true God. Yes, we are marked well and will arrive in heaven as well-marked ones.
A tiger and temptation:
As a tiger stalks his pray, being careful not to be seen, so in the same way the Deceiver hidingly seeks to deceive us. He comes secretly, quietly, not being out in the open seeking to attack us. Let’s live being alert and walk in the true God’s words.
Our bodies and the tabernacle:
The three-in-one One used to live in the encountering house (tabernacle) in the desert first of all. Then he lived in the big house that Solomon built. But then, on that day called Pentecost, he came to make his home in those of us who now have our sins paid for in full. So, let’s not make the true Spirit sad. Let’s not do to him as if we are slapping him. Let’s not do to Jesus as if we are nailing in the nails and whipping him and yanking out his beard all over again. No, let’s not make the true God sad in our disobedience but rather make him happy in our obedience.
Food and the teaching of the scriptures:
When someone gives us meat for our bodies, do we just through it down on the ground and not eat it? No, we take it. We take it with joy. We eat it. And so we should do with the true God’s words. When they are given to us by the one who teaches, we should hear them with joy, wanting to learn, wanting to obey. Just like a little bird opens his mouth wide for the mother to put the food in, so in the same way we should open our mouths wide to receive the true God’s words.
Out on the trail at night and the light of truth:
When we are out walking at night when it is all dark and the moon isn’t up, and if we have a fire container (flashlight), do we just keep on walking in the darkness. No, we make use of the light. It lights our way. It shows us where the danger is, the snakes, and so on. So in the same way, we should use the fire container of the true God’s words, obeying the straight words from God that are in our hearts.
On a dark path and the Holy Spirit’s leading:
As we walk down the trail at night when it is all dark and we can see nothing, we keep walking, feeling the path with our feet. We sense the direction that we need to go. So in the same way we need to always live having ear holes to sense the nudge and promptings of the true Spirit in our hearts.
Wide open spaces and hiding our sin:
When we sin, we love to hide like Adam and Eve did. It is as if we are sitting crouched in the middle of the woods and don’t want anyone to know about the bad we have done. But no, let’s come out of the woods. Let’s live our lives with no hiding, as if we are coming out into the wide open spaces of the plains.
Being at home and Jesus:
Jesus has come to live inside of our bodies by the true Spirit. He has made our bodies his home. But how do we make Jesus feel. Do we make him feel at home. Does he feel at ease about just hanging up his hammock, resting, going to the food and helping himself? Do we make him feel at home by our obedience….or do we make him feel embarrassed and out of place by our disobedience. We should live our lives in such a way that Jesus feels totally at home in our lives.
The captain of the village and Jesus:
In our villages, we have a captain, the true one who lives. We respect him. But who is the captain in our lives? Am I the captain of my life….or is Jesus? Do we do what we want to do….or do we do what Jesus wants us to do?
Sharing food and God’s word:
We spend all day out in the land gathering food. And when the sun is close to going down, we return home with roots, with fish, with whatever we have gotten. And then we all share the food with others. Even though others are giving us food in the village, we are giving food to them too. Yes, we are all sharing. Like this we do with the food that is for our stomachs….and like this we should do too with the food that is for our spirits with no stinginess at all.
A sliver and sin:
We often work with wood. We often have slivers and thorns in our body. So what do we do? Do we just leave it there? No, we dig it out. Even though it hurts, we dig it out. Even though the pain is great at times, we dig it out. We must dig it out because the thorn does not help us. It hinders us. And so also we must do with sin. When others come to us to help us get out the sliver of sin, we should listen and be as if we are holding still. We shouldn’t listen without ear holes, for they have come to help us. They have come to dig out that which hinders us.
A sturdy tree and steafastness:
The true God desires that we be strong in our spirits, that we be like a mango tree that has deep roots and that doesn’t fall over easy. No, let’s not be like a banana tree. Let’s not be like a cashew tree that falls over so easily. In our spirits let’s live like a tree with roots deep down into the ground, like a tree that is sturdy, like a tree that doesn’t fall over easily in the strong winds.
Hard winds and trials:
The strong savannah winds come fast and hard, sometimes blowing our rooves off. Yes, they are strong and cause damage. And we who believe in Jesus, we too have trials that suddenly come like the strong forceful winds. Suddenly it seems we are blown hard here and there. But no, let’s continue to believe strongly, keeping our thinking straight and true. Let’s continue to live leaning hard on the true Spirit within us.
Dogs and Purity:
We all know about dogs. Dogs have many companions. They will have pups with any that are hot. They are not faithful ones. They don’t look at one and say, “Ah yes, she is beautiful, she is mine, I will see her with value until I die”. No, they don’t think that. They have their eyes on many. But like that it is not to be with the true God’s children. No, are truly different. We see one woman with value and importance right till the end. This is the way the true God has done it.