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originally posted by: zardust
a reply to: Utnapisjtim
The kingdom of heaven is like. ...
We don't reduce ourselves but learn about ourselves through types and shadows.
Jesus wasn't reducing the kingdom to a mustard seed, a field, a treasure etc. by saying that the kingdom is like these things.
A sign that says Paris 100 miles is not the reduction of Paris to a molded bit of metal with words painted on. It helps guide you to Paris.
The ark is a symbol. It is where the spirit manifests, between the covering cherubim. They are the same ones that cover the way into paradise.