“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: In bible reading, diligence beyond intelligence is the most critical quality.
Having examined John 4:34 within its surrounding statements; that is, its context (the pretext and post-text), it’s clear that Jesus’ mode of communication there was similar to Matthew 6:11. Lets at this point backtrack to Matthew 6, and observe Jesus’ words more carefully and contextually to ascertain deep clarity. The context of Matthew 6 helps determine the use of the word “bread”. From verse 5, he was discussing prayer, lets read “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy father which is in secret; and the father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which act in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:6-9).
In verse 10, he talks about the kingdom, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”. In verse 12, he talks about forgiveness, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”. In verse 13, he talks about temptation and the kingdom again, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen”. And in verse 14 and 15, he talks about forgiveness. His discussion was not on anything material here. However, in the book of John, Jesus used the word “bread”, and it will be very vital to examine critically Jesus’ words in the book of John where he used the word bread, because it’s from the analysis of John 6 that deep clarity of Matthew 6:11 will be ascertained to the fullest. Hallelujah
INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Error in application is always a result of error in interpretation; error in interpretation is always a result of error in observation; and error in observation is always a result of error in reading.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 5; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 6