Right, he came to heal the sick, to set free those in prison, to open the eyes of the blind these are all allegorical of the new covenant. So a story says that the sick was healed and the blind eyes opened how shall be understand theses events? Literally or allegorical?
You see the bible used these allegorical terms to relate the kingdom of God. There is a literal portion to the meaning, but the image isn't alway what is meant to be taken literal.
Like for instance the feeding of the five thousand. The multitude in the wilderness having no bread.( Do you see the comparison?) The number of them was 5000 ( 5, 50, 500, 5000 are symbolic) They had no bread other than what God (Jesus) give them. (Also notice that Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep) He would also tell his disciples to feed them, they reply saying they had not enough money save for only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. (again symbolic) Jesus makes them to sit down by 50's in a group. And after all was full the disciples took up the fragments of 12 baskets (again symbolic) so that no piece would be left.(symbolic)
Echoing Rick's concern, I would say that God has seen to it that it's impossible to make this - that in the OT things were only allegory - (and many) other generalisations from the Old Testament. When Isaiah prophesied the words which Jesus read out in the synagogue that day, Isaiah was speaking forth an eternal truth.
By that I mean that in the Spirit - that is, in God, what Jesus read out has always been the whole truth. It is necessary to 'see' the OT narrative in that light, to be able to make sense of the OT miracles which occurred through Elijah and Elisha - and Moses, and Aaron, and Samuel, and David.
These were moderated by God in the way that Jesus explains, recorded in John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
Luke 4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, [a city] of Sidon, unto a woman [that was] a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
2 Kings 4: 32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, [and] laid upon his bed. 33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
Jesus came to show us something about the nature of God in man, knowing that He would make it possible for men to receive His death and resurrection, and at the same time, possible for those who hear His call to faith, to receive the Holy Spirit in a new way - the indwelling Holy Spirit.
In the OT, regarding demons, there were two things going on. In the first, God had the power to send an evil spirit to trouble someone like Saul, who had been disobedient directly to God's command of him. Saul did not get a second chance.
The second thing was the operation of a spiritual law. God had given them the Law to keep them safe in His care, through Moses at Sinai; and Moses had even had to kill those brethren who had not been obedient to their own commitment to God's word to them. Even knowing this, and that idolatry of every kind was prohibited, the people had turned to various forms of idolatry, (ie stopped looking to God for their salvation), down through the generations... many, many times. Whenever they worshipped idols, they engaged with demons (according to Paul' analysis in 1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils), in so doing, also committing various abominations, depending on which 'god' was receiving 'worship'. This exclusivity which we see in the New Testament is different from how God dealt with the leaders in the OT.
If you would like me to expound upon that difference, in a future post, I will, if no-one else has done so.
Please note, I am not for a minute implying there is no allegory in the OT. There is. But it's essential to work out which is only allegory (if there is such a thing), and which is allegorical only when compared to New Covenant reality. There is far more overlap between the two, than you infer, and this post touches only the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
Last edited by Charisma; 12-11-2011 at 12:49 PM.
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.