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Gerald A. Klingbeil

Associate Editor, Adventist Review

“Like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant” (Isa. 42:14)

Discovering a surprising metaphor

How does one describe God? How can we nail down in language what we struggle to grasp conceptually? We know some of God’s attributes. He is powerful, gracious, kind, and holy—yet also the judge of the universe whose unwavering righteousness has been challenged by Satan, the accuser of the brethren.

We are told that God is light; God is energy; God is a rock; God is a fortress; God is a father—or is He? Biblical authors wrestled with these issues again and again. They used countless metaphors to communicate essence and nature where mere words could not do justice. They knew …

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