“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: Not abiding to the rules of bible interpretation in bible study is setting yourself up for bible misinterpretation and misapplication.
Having looked at the phrase “daily bread” in Matthew 6:11, and a close Old Testament text to Jesus’ words which is Proverbs 30:8, it is thus coming to spotlight that the use of bread by Jesus in Matthew 6:11 wasn’t literal but a figurative expression. Hence, we’ve deduced that bread as used by Jesus denotes long-lasting and everlasting bread. For in-depth clarity as touching this kind of communication, there are several examples of this kind of usage of words in Jesus’ teaching ministry; let’s see a few for clarity.
In John 4:34, Jesus has this to say “Jesus saith unto them, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”. Even though Jesus here in John 4:34, used the word “meat”, I don’t think any kind of meat should come across your mind except you lack understanding. He wasn’t referring to a literal meat in John 4:34. Let’s apply the contextual rule of bible interpretation to unveil Jesus’ words in John 4:34. Observe, the preceding statements Jesus made while his disciples brought food to him; “Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?” (John 4:30-33). Notice, he took their attention away from the literal meat to the work of him that sent him in verse 34. He used meat figuratively. Having read the pretexts, we will read the post-text in the next study and bring Jesus’ statement to context. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Read the bible with understanding.
PRAYER: Insight and revelation knowledge grows big in me, now and always, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The scriptures must be interpreted by abiding to the rules of bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 9; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 10