Let's hit the Reset Button following all the studies in symbolism lately and focus on the kind of truth that matters most to us as Christians...
"Psalms 36:2, 'For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.' In the foregoing verse, David says, 'The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes;' that is, when he saw that the wicked went on in sin, in an allowed way of wickedness, it convinced him, that he was not afraid of those terrible judgments, and of that wrath with which God hath threatened sinners. If the sinner were afraid of these, he could never go on so securely in sin, as he doth."
- Jonathan Edwards / The Vain Self-Flatteries of the Sinner
"The first link between my soul and Christ is, not my goodness, but my badness; not my merit, but my misery; not my standing, but my falling; not my riches, but my need. He comes to visit His people, yet not to admire their beauties, but to remove their deformities; not to reward their virtues, but to forgive their sins."
- Charles Spurgeon
"No higher honor can be imagined than that of being Christ’s ambassadors, and proclaiming in Christ’s name the forgiveness of sins to a lost world. But let us ever beware of investing the ministerial office with one jot more of power and authority than Christ conferred upon it. To treat ministers as being in any sense mediators between God and man, is to rob Christ of His prerogative, to hide saving truth from sinners, and to exalt ordained men to a position which they are totally unqualified to fill."
- J.C. Ryle / 1816–1900