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.
- Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
- בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ Ge 1:1
Note: God created all things in all times; from beginning to end. Therefore, all things have their own appointed times.
יום Day One
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.