DEFINITION: Simile Noun. \ˈsi-mə-(ˌ)lē\ a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as (as in “the kingdom of heaven is like . . .).
Have you ever tried to explain something to someone you knew would have difficulty understanding? After I returned from my first Promise Keepers conference I tried to explain to Marie what it was like. Words failed me. “Marie,” I said, “You just had to be there. It was just too amazing to describe to you.”
- a mustard seed (Matthew 13:31)
- leaven (Matthew 13:33)
- hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44)
- a man seeking godly pearls (Matthew 13:45)
- a net cast into the sea (Matthew 13:47)
- a homeowner who takes new and old things out of his storage room (Matthew 13:52)
- the master of a house who went out to hire laborers (Matthew 20:1)
Jesus adds information to the simile stories. But, for me, Jesus’ teachings about the kingdom of heaven leave me wondering and pondering how it will really be.
I think Jesus used similes to explain what the kingdom of heaven is “like” because He knew we’d never understand what it really is. How majestic and awesome it will be. Beyond our meager mind’s ability to comprehend it.
I think Jesus knew heaven is such a glorious and wonderful paradise that it defies description. Too glorious to understand. Too incredible to imagine. To remarkable to explain in words.
It’s just one of those blessings of God’s grace and love we’ll have to wait to enjoy until we get there.