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A motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance in a story. The significance of all the motifs concern the fulfillment of prophecy in Christ. Often a motif is hidden in riddle using other literary devices. The motifs of the Bible are significant because the human author had no way of knowing the details of the cross, and they become proof of divine authorship. Below are examples of the 'appointed time' motif. SOme are plain and some are hidden.

Motif: The appointed time

The appointed time motif signifies that all things are under God's control. The first insinuation of the motif is found hidden in the את of Ge 1:1.

את <untranslated>

Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ Ge 1:1

את means: א Since the creation of the heaven and earth ת until the end (when creation fully responds to his revelation).

Note: God created all things in all times; from beginning to end. Therefore, all things have their own appointed times.

יום Day One

Ge 1:5 ... the first day.
יום אחד Ge 1:5

יום day : ו A distinct idea (a vignette) of י what God conceived to do and ם what was brought to completion by the Son.

אחד one : א When God created the heavens and the earth ח there was obedience ד to his word

Note: Each day of creation is a vignette of Christ showing that God's idea was completed in the Son. 'Day' is the measure of time; there is an appointed time for the completion of God's idea.

Timnath - the appointment

Ge 38:12 ¶ And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.


Ge 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Ex 9:5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.
Ex 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
Nu 9:2 Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season.

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