THE SYMBOLIC IMAGES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS

Image Groups Part I
Covenant Relationship
Part II
Rebellion
Part III
Redemptive Judgment
Part IV
Restoration
Fulfilled
Covenant Marriage



[examples in Scripture]
Israel
Bride of Yahweh



Ezekiel 16:4-14;
Isaiah 61:10-11;
Jeremiah  2:2
Unfaithful adulteress/harlot



Ezekiel 16:15-34; 23:1-12;
Isaiah 1:21;
Jeremiah 3:6-8; 13:22-23, 26; 23:10;
Hosea 4:10-14
Humiliated, abused & abandoned by lovers

Ezekiel 16:23-61; 23:35-49;
Amos 4:7-8;
Jeremiah 3:1b-2; 4:30-31;
Hosea 2:4-15
The Bride restored to her Bridegroom



John 3:28-29;
2 Corinthians 11:2;
Ephesians 5:25-27;
Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2, 9; 22:17

    

Vineyard
or
Fig tree


[examples in Scripture]
Well-tended vineyard/fruitful fig tree


Isaiah 5:1-4;
Ezekiel 19:10-11;
Jeremiah  24:4-7
Vines grow wild/failure to produce fruit


Jeremiah 2:21;
Hosea 2:14;
Micah 7:1-4;
Joel 1:7;
11-12;
Weeds overgrow vineyard/ ruin and destruction

Isaiah 5:3-6;
Ezekiel 19:12-14;
Jeremiah  8:13;
Nahum 3:12-15
Vines are replanted/ fruitfulness restored

John 15:1-2, 4-6
Animals




[examples in Scripture]
Domesticated animals obedient to the Master's yoke

Micah 4:13;
Isaiah 40:10-11; 65:25;
Ezekiel 34:15-16
Resist the yoke; run away and become wild

Isaiah 50:6; 53:6;
Jeremiah 5:5d-6; 8:6b-7; 23:1-2;
Ezekiel 19:1-9
Ravaged by
wild beasts/
birds of prey



Isaiah 50:7;
Jeremiah 8:15-17; 50:6-7;
Hosea 8:1-14;
13:6-8
Rescued by
their Master




Matthew 11:28-30;
John 1:29, 36; 10:1-18;
Hebrews 3:20;
Revelation 5:6, 13; 7:9-17; 14:1-10; 19:2-9;
21:9-23; 22:1-3
Drinking Wine



[examples in Scripture]
Joy of drinking good wine



Jeremiah 40:12;
Isaiah  62:8-9
Becoming drunk



Isaiah 5:11-12; 28:1;
Jeremiah 8:13; 48:26; 51:7;
Joel 1:5
Loss of wine; drinking the "cup of God's wrath"

Joel 4:13/3:13;
Isaiah 51:17; 63:2-3;
Jeremiah 13:12-14; 25:15-31; 48:26;
Ezekiel 23:32-33
Rejoicing in the best "new wine" at the Master's table


Promise:
Zech.9:15-16
Filled:
Luke 22:19-20;
1 Corinthians 11:23-32;
Revelation 19:7-9

Each of the image groups consist of four parts:

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