“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: For proper reading, don’t miss it at observation; for proper application, don’t miss it at interpretation.
Having seen the implication of the phrase “daily bread” in Matthew 6:11, we focused our thoughts towards John 4:34 where Jesus communicated in similar pattern in Matthew 6:11. Recall, the use of meat in John 4:34 was not referring to literal meat. Looking at the pretexts of this statement (John 4:30-33), his disciples brought food to him. However, he took their attention away from literal meat to the work of him that sent him in verse 34. He used meat figuratively. In the post-text of John 4, Jesus says “Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, one soweth, and another reapeth I sent you to reap that wherever ye bestowed no labour: other men labored, and ye are enter into their labours” (John 4:35-38).
The context of the discussion indicates that he was not talking about literal planting and harvest, rather the work of the kingdom. Listen to verse 36 “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal…” In Matthew 9:36-38, we find the scenario, “But when he saw multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest”. After saying this in Matthew 9, he sent them to preach in Matthew 10:5-7, which reads “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the, lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. So, they were to preach the gospel of the kingdom. Having seen the above, we’ll have to backtrack to Matthew 6:11 and read Jesus’ statement in context. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Observation is to reading as interpretation is to application.
DAILY BIBLEREADING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4