Why does the Bible use figurative language?
Beautiful thoughts on the Limitations of Language by Adam Andrews at Circe Blog:
It could be that out there on the edge of the infinite, words simply fail. Maybe that’s why Jesus instantly resorts to simile and metaphor when asked to explain the kingdom, or the Son of Man, or the Gospel. Maybe He knows that literal explanations are best suited for natural phenomena, but they are poor tools indeed for describing a supernatural invasion of the world.
The glory of figurative language is to give us pictures where explanations fail. This is also the glory of the Incarnation. Read the entire article at Circe.