“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: Any attempt to hastily read through the scriptures is an attempt to birth error in comprehension and interpretation.
In bible reading, the literal should be taken as literal and the figurative should be taken as figurative. The instance one makes a literal statement figurative or vice versa, one deviates from the meaning of the statements. Hence, one must read carefully to see if the words, phrases or sentences in view are used literally or figuratively. Let’s illustrate this better as we explore a very important text; a text we use and quote so often in the church referred to as The Lord’s
Prayer. There exists a phrase in verse 11 of Matthew 6 which is the phrase “daily bread”. Matthew 6:11 reads “give us this day our daily bread”. At this point in this study, we need to pay attention because certain believe we’ve held on to for years due to improper interpretation of scriptures will be debunked. In Matthew 6:11 above, what most of us grew up to think or what was built into us as a believe system is that, Jesus in verse 11 was asking us to pray for daily bread, that is, when Jesus said “Give us this day our daily bread”, he was referring to food. So we grew up thinking and praying; give us this day our daily bread means:
- Give us on Monday our daily bread.
- Give us on Tuesday our daily bread, etc.
We interpret the word “this day” in Matthew 6:11 to represent days of the week, and the “daily bread” to be food. But how correct is this interpretation? Is it really about food? Could the daily bread be the literal bread produced from the bakery? If you say the bread there is the one we have in bakeries, then the question is what if one doesn’t like bread? Stay tuned. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow the studies more carefully.
Prayer: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: Read scriptures carefully and painstakingly, not hastily.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4