“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: When you are not paying attention to details while reading, then you are not observing what you are reading.

Let’s observe John 6:26-27 again, “Jesus answered them and said, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the father sealed”. Again, we saw previously that the word “meat” comes back to us. And here, Jesus talks about two kinds of meat: The meat that perishes and the meat that endures unto everlasting life (meaning it doesn’t perish). The meat that perishes will be physical, but that which doesn’t perish will be spiritual.

Notice, they’ve just be fed with five loaves of bread and two fishes. With that, it’s easy to understand what Jesus meant by “Labour not for the meat that perishes”; that is physical food. Those five loaves and two fishes perish, it is physical and let’s add by saying it is temporal. However, the second meat doesn’t perish; it is spiritual, permanent, eternal and everlasting. They hadn’t just received a physical miracle; they ate meat (food) and were filled. But Jesus the miracle worker took their eyes away from the miracle, that is, the meat they ate and points it to a greater miracle (everlasting life). In other words, the essence for that miracle was to point them to everlasting life. The miracles of Jesus in the synoptic accounts was a sign post to the greater miracle; everlasting life. Whereas the loaves they ate was temporal (they would have been hungry later in the day), the other meat (which is everlasting life) was permanent. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Pay attention to details while studying.

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Observation in reading is paying attention to details.


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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