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4846 shadow

4846 shadow

Primarily a symbol of protection, of the brevity of life and of the experience of death, in contrast to God’s character and work.

Shadow as a general symbol of protection

Isa 30:2-3 See also Jdg 9:15; Jer 48:45; Hos 14:7; Jnh 4:5-6; Mk 4:32

A symbol of God’s protection Ps 91:1 See also Ps 17:8; Ps 36:7; Ps 57:1; Ps 63:7; Ps 121:5; Isa 4:5-6; Isa 25:4-5; Isa 49:2; Isa 51:16

A symbol of the protection given by God’s chosen one Isa 32:2; La 4:20; Eze 17:22-23

Shadow as a symbol of life

Of the brevity of life Ps 144:4 See also 1Ch 29:15; Job 8:9; Job 14:2; Ps 102:11; Ps 109:23; Ecc 6:12; Ecc 8:13

Of life’s sadness and despair Isa 59:9 See also Job 3:3-5; Job 7:2-3; Job 16:16; Job 17:7

Shadow as a symbol of the experience of death

Job 38:17; Ps 23:4 See also Job 10:21-22

Shadow in contrast to God

Shadow contrasts with God’s unchanging nature Jas 1:17

God’s light pierces all shadow Job 12:22 See also Job 34:22; Ps 139:11-12; Da 2:22

God’s salvation reaches to those whose life is in shadow Mt 4:16 See also Isa 9:2; Isa 60:1-2; Lk 1:79

OT ceremonies as a shadow of the reality in Jesus Christ

Col 2:16-17 See also Heb 8:5; Heb 10:1

Real shadows

Jdg 9:36; Ne 13:19; SS 2:17; SS 4:6; Jer 6:4

Real shadows invovled in miracles

2Ki 20:9-11 pp Isa 38:8; Ac 5:15

See also

1160God, unchangeable
1320God as Saviour
1403God, revelation
1416miracles
1436reality
1460truth
4809darkness
4833light
5480protection
5490refuge
9020death

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