“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: If your explanation of a bible text differs from the author’s intent and intended explanation, then your explanation was your own intent.
In unbundling Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:11 where we have what is commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, and doing so in order to illustrate the law of interpretation; that is, interpretation of literal and figurative expressions, we’ve come to see that the word “daily” used by Jesus there was translated from the Greek word “epiousios” implying that which is sufficient. Hence, Jesus’ words can be read thus: “Give us this day our sufficient bread”. In bringing to the spotlight what Jesus was referring to, the question to be asked is what kind of bread will always be sufficient? We saw that a very close Old Testament text to Jesus’ statement can be found in the book of Proverbs 30:8; and it was established that the word “convenient” used in Proverbs 30:8 has the angle of the word sufficient. And a close observation of Proverbs 30:8 lets us see that the writer speaks of vanity, lies, poverty and riches; hence, his use of the word “food” is not literal. Similarly, Jesus’ use of the phrase “daily bread” in Matthew 6:11 will obviously not be literal.
The use of “bread” by Jesus in Matthew 6:11 were to denote long-lasting or everlasting bread. No factory of bread production can or have ever produced a long-lasting or everlasting bread; because if such has ever been produced, after eating such a bread it will be out of place to get hungry again since the bread is long-lasting and everlasting. Let’s say you ate such bread in the morning, it will be out of place to get hungry in the afternoon, evening or the next day. The “epiousious bread”, that is, sufficient bread of Matthew 6:11 wasn’t sliced bread or unsliced bread; it wasn’t bread you can take with tea, neither was it referring to any kind of food as many often think. If we ate rice and stew in the evening of Monday, is that food long-lasting and everlasting; can it even keep you till Thursday? The answer is NO; therefore, Jesus used a figure of speech. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Read through patiently.
PRAYER: I declare that the truth of your word open up to me in deep clarity, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Never attempt to explain what you don’t understand.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4