“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: Observation is the most critical in reading because you can’t get the interpretation right if you got the observation wrong.
We saw John 3:3-5 where Jesus used the word “water” and we discovered that when he said “of water and of the spirit”, he was actually saying “of water, that is, the spirit”, and thus wasn’t introducing two different elements (water and sprit). Hence, water here was figurative of the spirit; and it was also clear here that there exist a rule here called “the kai rule of bible interpretation”. Here in the “kai” rule, “and” is used as a further explanation of the word, phrase or statement that precedes it. Observe what Jesus said afterwards in verse 8 of John 3 “…so is everyone that is born of the spirit”. Similarly, in the next chapter, that is, John 4, Jesus used the word water again and it was figurative, it reads “Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our Father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:10-14).
Here, he talks about water but ends up with “everlasting life”, letting us know that the use of water was figurative of a spiritual reality; that is, everlasting life; eternal life. In like manner, Jesus echoes this in John 7:38-39 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified”. It’s not possible for one’s literal or physical belly to flow rivers of living water; your belly can’t even contain 20 liters of water at once, is it rivers it will contain? That’s why verse 39 explains what Jesus meant by “out of his/our belly shall flow rivers of living water”, that statement was figurative of the spirit, “this spake he of the spirit”. You must be careful to read the bible contextually; asking the questions we’ve asked so far as touching observation. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Keep studying.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: What you don’t observe well, you can’t interpret well.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 4 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5