The Last Chiasm of the Whole Bible

The last words of the book of Revelation are a chiasm, and grace is at the center.

“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”

(Rev 22.20-21)


A  “Amen.
B  Come, Lord Jesus!
C  The grace of
B’  the Lord Jesus be with all.
A’  Amen.”

It is even better than just that. “Come…” implies the later “be with all.” John is praying for the final fulfillment of the “Immanuel” promise. The Parousia of the final state is his “with-us-ness” and to get things to be that way requires that he “come.” So the chiasm can be written this way:

A  “Amen.
B  Come,
C  Lord Jesus!
D  The grace of
C’  the Lord Jesus
B’  be with all.
A’  Amen.”

Chiasm in Galatians 5

Galatians 5.13-6.1

Chiasm in Galatians 5


5.13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh,

6.1 Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.


5.13-14 but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

6.1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.

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That Glutton Jesus

John the Baptist Preaching, Brueghel the Elder

John the Baptist Preaching, Brueghel the Elder

Did you know that Jesus could be mistaken for a drunk? And his cousin John never touched a drop for the same reason. They were both heralding aspects of a big, coming change. See Matthew 11:

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Call for Help, There is Too Much Work – Luke 5.1-11 Chiasm

3rd C. church in Megiddo

3rd C. church in Megiddo

Luke 5.1-11 is a Chiasm, which becomes obvious after comparing the sections, but there is usually within the chiasm an opportunity to solve a riddle or two. One of the express reasons for the way the Bible is written to include hard to see patterns, like the way that Jesus’ parables are written, is to take a public truth, and to publicly give it little details that are only caught by those with a steady gaze. It isn’t hidden. But it is hidden from those who don’t value it enough to find it.

First a review of the pairs, and then some analysis. If you’re thinking of leaving the page now, skip on down to the analysis and give me one last moment to influence you about the passage.

Luke 5 Chiasm Fish


A – Crowds following/Disciples following Jesus

  • 1 – On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,
  • 11c – and [the disciples] followed him.

B – Fisherman leaving boats, nets, and leaving everything

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Teeth and the Judgment of the Gods – Chiasm in Psalm 58

Riviere, Syria, The Night Watch

Riviere, “Syria, The Night Watch”

Psalm 58 is a chiasm. I realized it must be when I was about to turn on a version of Psalm 58 in my car. I haven’t quite figured the whole thing out yet, but maybe someone reading this can figure out more than I do…

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Paul, Moses and Prophecy

Tissot, The Taking of Jericho

Tissot, The Taking of Jericho

I reread this that I had written in 2010:

As I read along in Numbers, I keep seeing things that Paul has latched on to.

Par example…

Paul says (1 Cor 14.5-9, 24):

Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

6Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 7If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? 8And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 9So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said?…24 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?”

The punch line to this whole thing is at the bottom, but let’s focus on the bugle thing first.  Look at Numbers 10.1-3, 9:

1The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp3And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. …9And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.

The bugle gets two things to happen which Paul uses in 1 Cor 14:

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Jesus is Her Number Seven

Giacomo Franceschini, Jesus and the Samaritan at the Well, c. 18 C.

Giacomo Franceschini, Jesus and the Samaritan at the Well, c. 18 C.

Yesterday I wrote about noting repeated themes in a long passage (book-length), collecting them into a list, re-reading them together and allowing them to interpret each other and to form a pattern for hearing later scriptures.

Jamie Soles - Wells

Jamie Soles – Wells

Here’s another (that I first really learned through Jamie Soles’ album “Wells“):

Meet a woman at a well and then what happens? Marriage.

  • Isaac’s servant finds Rebekah at a well.
  • Jacob meets Rachel at a well.
  • Moses meets Zipporah at a well.

In the same pattern, I want to look at Jesus with the woman at the well, but first we need to see another passage of note (Gen 21). In Genesis 21, there are two wells and two trees. This links the stories together in contrast.

Abraham sends away Hagar and her son, Ishmael, who is sat beneath a bush or tree of sorts, and then God shows them a well. (Gen 21.8-21)

Secondly, Abraham complains to Abimelech of Gerar that Hittite men are taking his well. After it is resolved, with a binding covenant between Abimelech and Abraham, Abraham plants a Tamarisk tree at the well. (Gen 21.22-34)

The stories go:

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