First of all I would like to continue to praise and salute the great E. W. Bullinger…and his most superior work found in The Companion Bible…. originally published in 1922… I trust you will find this particular study very interesting. We are going to take a close look at figurative and literal meanings of language, and how important it is to know the difference, thus arriving at a truer meaning of God’s Holy Word…
When it is said in Genesis 3 verse 15 “Thou shalt bruise His heel” , it cannot mean His literal heel of flesh and blood, but suffering more temporary in character. When it is said (v15), “He shell crush thy head” , it means something more than a skull of bone, and brain, and hair. It means that all of Satan’s plans and plots, policy and purposes, will one day be finally crushed and ended, never more to mar or to hinder the purposes of God. This will be affected when Satan shall be bruised under our feet (Romans 16:20). This again will not be our literal feet, but something much more real.
The bruising of Christ’s heel is the most elegant and impressive way of foretelling the most solemn events; and to point out that the effort made by Satan to evade his doom, then threatened, would become the very means of ensuring its accomplishment; for it was through the death of Christ that he who had the power of death would be destroyed; and all Satan’s power and policy brought to an end, and all his works destroyed… (Hebrews 2:14) 1 John 3:8….Revelation 20:1- 3, 10)
What literal words could portray these literal facts so wonderfully as these expressive figures of speech? It is the same with the other Figures used in verse 14 “On thy belly shalt thou go” This figure means infinitely more than the literal belly of flesh and blood; just as the words “heel” and “head” do in verse 15…. it paints for the eyes of our mind the picture of Satan’s ultimate humiliation; for prostration was ever the most elegant sign of subjection. When it is said “our belly cleaveth to the ground” ( song 44:25) it denotes such a long prostration and such a depth of submission as could never be conveyed or expressed in literal words…. lesson 7 coming very soon… please read this at least two or three times and let it sink in… sincerely Frank Payton… visit me at my blog…littleraventhepoet.blog…. I hope all of us can gain a deeper appreciation of figurative and literal language and linguistics in general… and in detail.