“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: The bible demands a diligent, patience and painstaking approach in the study of it.

Back to Matthew 6:11 which read “Give us this day our daily bread”. It is very imperative to understand what Jesus was referring to here. To start with, let’s begin to open up the text by first considering the word “daily” used by Jesus. The word “daily” used by Jesus in Matthew 6:11 was translated from the Greek word “epiousios”, and this word implies “that which is sufficient”. Hence, Jesus was talking about bread that is always sufficient. Thus, by the above understanding, we can reconstruct the grammar or re-read the text this way: “Give us this day our sufficient bread”. The most critical question that now comes to the fore is “What kind of bread will always be sufficient?” What was Jesus in essence referring to?

A very close Old Testament text to Jesus’ statement can be found in the book of Proverbs, and this verse of scripture in Proverbs echoes “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me” (Proverbs 30:8). The word convenient here in the Hebrew from which it was translated from also has the start of the word sufficient. Observe, here in Proverbs 30:8, he speaks about vanity, lies, poverty and riches; hence his use of “food” is not literal. Therefore, bread as used by Jesus in Matthew 6:11 wouldn’t have been a literal fact, but a figurative expression denoting something. It’s easy at this point to track what the bread in Matthew 6:11 denotes, and then unveil the text in deep clarity. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Study to show yourself approved.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Literal expressions should not be given figurative explanation and bible interpretation; and figurative expressions should not be given literal explanation in bible interpretation.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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