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Ecclesiastes, John, Jude

Where is the Sun?

Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

John 11:9f (Spoke 21, Cycle 2)

Distribution of 'sun' in the Five NT History BooksGod designed Ecclesiastes as the converse of John's Gospel to complete its message by presenting the polar opposite of its central thesis. Furthermore, He designed John's Gospel to make this point abundantly clear. The graph shows the distribution of "sun" in the Five New Testament History Books. It appears in every Book except John! This is the inverse of Ecclesiastes, where the frequency of "sun" is maximized above that of every other Book in the Bible. But it is not as if John omits the idea of the sun. On the contrary, he presents it using very precise language that makes the connection between Ecclesiastes, John, and the doctrine of Christ as the true Light of the World impossible to miss! In the passage above, Christ referred to the sun indirectly, using a specific phrase the light of this world that points to Him in contrast as the true spiritual Light of the World, the central thesis of John's Gospel:

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12 (Spoke 21, Cycle 2)

As it turns out, "this world" is itself a key phrase characteristic of the Book of John which contains twelve of its eighteen instances (67%) in the Gospels and Acts. Christ used it to distinguish heavenly things from those of earth, the spiritual from the natural:

  • John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
  • John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
  • John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: ...

The text of John itself teaches the meaning of "the light of this world." It speaks of the natural light of the sun in contrast to the spiritual light found only in Christ. The miracle of God is that this defines the relation between Ecclesiastes and John!

It is important to reflect on the depth of precision implied by this design. Its full impact depends entirely on the fact that "sun" is missing only in John even as it is maximized in Ecclesiastes. Furthermore, examination of its appearance in the other Gospels and Acts shows that there is no natural reason whatsoever for its absence in John. This is the Work of God. Recall that we saw the same carefully crafted emphasis through absence on Spoke 9 with the first absence of the Tet KeyWord tov (good) in Obadiah (BW book, pg 227). Likewise, we saw the same pattern of thematic contrast in the comfort that is missing in Lamentations even as it is emphasized in 2 Corinthians on Spoke 3 (BW book, pg 159). Truly, there is no end to the glory of God's Word! Praise His name now and forever!

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