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Patterns from the Bible

As we read the Bible, we come across patterns. Patterns become recognizable when a reader sees a spiritual truth that is stated in one part of the Bible being repeated in a similar fashion in yet another portion of the Bible.

The very fact that God has said something twice means that He wants us to take careful note of what He has said. This is important when we consider what Joseph said to Pharaoh as he interpreted his dreams: ``The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon'' (Genesis 41:32 NIV).

When God gives us the same truth in TWO FORMS we have to take careful note of it. So patterns, by virtue of the same truth being found repeated in two forms at least in two portions in the Bible, demands our careful attention. Therefore, in this section we try to unveil the grand design of Biblical patterns.

One thing to note is that these patterns are not easily visible. Its presence is felt only after numerous prayerful readings of the entire Bible. But even then the pattern has to be carefully picked out like a golden thread which has been woven intricately and skillfully into the fabric of the Biblical text. Therefore, from that particular Bible text, only those incidents that form part of the pattern are highlighted in the explanation of examples cited.

Benefits of Study of Patterns

There are at least three ways in which we can benefit from a study of Patterns:

  1. We learn that God has a purpose in all His dealings with us. Some of those dealings follow a definite order which we can learn through Biblical patterns.
  2. We learn that God has truly put His inspirational signature on the Scriptures. An understanding of Biblical patterns should encourage us to study the Bible more and more.
  3. We learn that Biblical patterns can help us understand what is happening in our lives. This may not always be possible. Yet much of our spiritual struggles, failures, growth and victory can be plotted on some Biblical Pattern Maps.

It will help you understand where you stand at that point of time and where you're headed to. If at all it becomes clear from Biblical patterns that you're headed the wrong way, with God's help you can change directions to reach a destination of God's choice and blessing.

There are different categories of Patterns found in the Bible: 1. Process Patterns 2. Mirror Patterns 3. Character Signatures and 4. Comparative Patterns.

1. Process Patterns

These kind of patterns reveal a process. This process has a beginning. Then it moves in a definite order to a definite ending. Therefore each of the patterns that we present are represented by four word sets. The first word or word set denotes the beginning and the last one the end, while the middle two denotes the movement within the pattern.

Therefore, within the patterns there is a movement beginning with the idea represented by the first word or word set through the second and third and ending in the fourth word or word set.

This movement within a pattern is understood through two examples from the Bible. Within each example you will find the process working out in the definite order. Thus the process is complete; the pattern made clear.

Finally, the section Pattern Application tells us how these truths and its movement has direct application in our life.

This can be illustrated using an example. The first pattern that is presented in this section is the Pattern of: Crossroads » Decision » Persistence » Blessing. For example you stand at a crucial turning point of your life. There are easy roads to take. But the path of duty is a difficult one. And you are tempted to take one of the easy paths.

It is then that you come across this Biblical pattern. You learn through it that if you take a decision at this turning point of life to follow the path of duty and persist with it, it will lead to blessing. As you understand this Biblical Pattern you will be encouraged to choose the path of duty and by persistence reach the blessing that God has in store for you.

Process Patterns Index

  1. Crossroads » Decision » Persistence » Blessing
    We all come across crossroads in life. A God-approved decision and your persistence, in such circumstances, can bring you blessings.
  2. Giving » Greater Need  » Doubt  » Multiplication
    Give with a willing heart. It will meet a need greater than you could ever imagine and you will also see a multiplication of what you have given!
  3. Initiative » Confirmation  » Direction  » Deliverance
    God's approval is a must for any initiative you take. Having got that; obeying His direction in the matter gives you deliverance.
  4. Command » Disobedience » Sin Exposed » Loss
    Some take sin lightly. Others substitute God's command with human reasoning. Any one of these deceptive thoughts can cause disobedience to God's Word. Such disobedience will be exposed; leading to loss.
  5. Carried Away » Pursuit » Attack » Recovery
    The devil, during unexpected times, conquers and takes away what God had given us. But with a quick purusit and attack you can totally recover what was lost.
  6. Unknown Person » Concern » Counsel » Salvation
    There are two instances in the Bible where concern and timely counsel of two practically unknown people who came from the lowest section of society brought salvation to people.
  7. Trouble » Root Cause » Destroy » Peace
    Any trouble we face has an associated root cause. Uproot it. Then you get peace.
  8. Moving Away » Sinful Living » Turning Back » Restoration
    Move away from sinful living; and turn to God. For God's standing promise is to restore His relationship with you.
  9. God's Word » Improbability » Disbelief » God's Answer
    Sometimes what God tells you looks highly improbable. But God answers human disbelief with His proclamation that nothing is too hard for Him!
  10. Anticipation » Opportunity » Unprepared » Dejection
    See how unpreparedness in meeting anticipated opportunities can cause disappointment and dejection.
  11. Emptiness » Vision of God » Confession of Sinfulness » Higher Calling
    Emptiness can come unexpectedly in life. But such times open to you the possibility of having a vision of God. Such a vision naturally leads to realization of your own sinfulness. When that happens, God calls you to fulfill a higher calling.

2. Mirror Patterns

There are certain patterns in the Bible that are unmistakable mirror images of each other. By looking closely at such instances in the Bible, we can learn much about how our lives are impacted by certain powerful spiritual prinicples.

In some Mirror Patterns you might be able to find a process in operation if you look closely and carefully. Though that is the case, there is a reason why it is included not in Process Patterns but in Mirror Patterns. That is, in Mirror Patterns it is not the process that is dominant but the theme. So in all Mirror Patterns you'll find a single dominant theme. We call it a truth-beam because like a sunbeam the theme shines like a beam of truth.

So in all Mirror Patterns you have the truth-beam as the title of the pattern. Then as in Process Patterns you have the definition of the Pattern. It is followed by two examples which are presented as mirror Reflections of the truth-beam. At the end of each Reflection there is a Zoom In section highlighting how the truth-beam operated in that particular example. The presentation is concluded with Pattern Application telling you how this truth-beam can be applied to your life.

Mirror Patterns Index

  1. Confirmation Brings Knowledge
  2. Attack Follows Anointing
  3. Revealed Strength Destroys
  4. Indestructible God's Word (for Christian Authors)
  5. Lavished Love Criticized
  6. Enjoying God's Favor
  7. Delays Frustrate Obedience

3. Character Signatures

Character Signatures are a special kind of patterns. They are insights found in the New Testament on the life and character of Old Testament men and women of God. These glimpses into their lives give us a more accurate picture of what gave their lives such significance and impact.

Character Signatures have a right to be classified under Patterns not because the truth is found in two forms. But without this second reference in the New Testament the understanding that we would have of those Old Testament men and women of God would not be complete. So we refer to the short references in the New Testament as signatures revealing that quality in the lives of the Old Testament saints which makes them stand out as outstanding men and women of God.

In Character Signatures we are thus presenting that one quality--Signature-- in the life of each of the Old Testament saints. In other words we are presenting an overall Pattern that is characteristic of the New Testament in revealing compelling insights into the lives of Old Testament saints. We can apply these signatures in the New Testament to our lives to make it more meaningful for Christ.

Character Signatures Index

  1. Elijah—A Man Just Like Us
  2. Job—Patience and Perseverance in Suffering
  3. Moses—Hard Choices for Christ's Sake
  4. Abraham—A Stranger in a Foreign Country
  5. Aaron—Called by God
  6. Sarah—Unfading Beauty of a Gentle and Quiet Spirit
  7. Lot—Distressed and Tormented by Lawlessness
  8. Enoch—The Earliest One Who Prophesied of Jesus' Second Coming and Experienced it!

4. Comparative Patterns

Aids to Quick Bible Studies.

Comparative Patterns Index

  1. The Beginning and The End
  2. Adam and Jesus Christ
  3. Why Solomon Failed?--A Classic Study in Disobedience

So Love's Ark is presenting you Biblical Patterns with the sure hope that it will challenge you to love the Bible more and help you understand God's dealings with you better.

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