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19 April 2021


John 11 - Part I


John 11:9-10: 9. Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. 10. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him.

Jesus literally raised Lazarus from the dead, I believe, so that we could in our day learn from the incident by seeing the spiritual application indicating a promise to us. The verses above indicated Jesus had a metaphor on his mind. Night and day, light and darkness are used many times in the O.T. as symbols to depict truth and error. It is the light of truth that keeps us from the error of man’s darkness. By entering the light we are resurrected out of the dead - spiritually, then literally at the end.

Proverbs 4:18-19: 18. But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shines more and more unto the perfect day. 19. The way of the wicked is as darkness: They know not at what they stumble (ASV).

Proverbs 2:6-13: 6. For Yahweh gives wisdom; Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding: 7. He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to them that walk in integrity; 8. That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints. 9. Then shalt you understand righteousness and justice, And equity, yea, every good path. 10. For wisdom shall enter into your heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto your soul; 11. Discretion shall watch over you; Understanding shall keep you: 12. To deliver you from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things; 13. Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness.

By Jesus intentionally delaying, he set up an event by which we can view allegorically in our day, and from which we can learn spiritual lessons. Lazarus, one who God protects, was resurrected four days after being entombed in a cave covered by a stone. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone - i.e. remove the spiritual concept that has put him in darkness, and made him spiritually dead. There is another incident involving four days that indicates this story should be viewed in our day as an allegory:

Acts 10:1-36: 1. There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2. A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, who gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. 3. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Your prayers and your alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
9. On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11. And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12. Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14. But Peter said, Not so Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16. This was done three times: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18. And called, and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek you. 20. Arise therefore, and get down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
28. And he said unto them, You know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent you have sent for me? 30. And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31. And said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32. Send therefore to Joppa, and call here Simon, whose surname is Peter;
34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35. But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him. 36. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

Cornelius is moved by a messenger of God to call for Peter, and sends for him the very next day. By the time Peter comes to Cornelius, it has been four days. This story is so similar to that of the death of Lazarus, it cannot be just an accident that it is here recorded. It is like a confirmation to the experience of Lazarus. It is the truth which delivers us from the concepts of darkness, the 4th day being a type of when we are born from above as the Spirit moves on our hearts. Like Cornelius, we were all worshippers of God for a time, but not yet spiritually enlightened. This idea is illustrated in the creation week and used to teach related spiritual concepts. Here is Genesis one graphically:

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Night | n | d | n | d | n | d | n | d | | | | | | |
precedes Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

On day four the Sun (Mal 4:2), moon and stars (Jer 31:35) are put into place, as symbols of a time when the misconception of the Son of God is removed and the day dawns. What we thought was light (our stars) is seen to be darkness. Now we enter the experience of being governed by the voice (Isa 30:21) of the Spirit, instead of by the written words of the Bible - i.e. the way it reads, rather than by the understanding of it as God reveals it to each individual.

John 8:12: Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 6:63: It is the spirit that [ is giving life]; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Listen to the still small voice in your conscience. Amen.

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