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GO AFTER KNOWLEDGE

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Colossians 2:6)

LIGHT FOR NOW: There is a direct correlation between what you know and the quality of your life.

Proverbs 11:9 says, “An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered”. This informs us of a major reason some believers are not enjoying their inheritance in Christ; this is because they’re ignorant of the word of God, as you cannot exercise faith in what you don’t know. Ignorance in the word of God will short-circuit the power of God in your life. The Apostle Paul kept emphasizing the importance of knowledge to the believer in his letters to the churches, he kept praying for them to have knowledge (Ephesians 1:17-18; Colossians 1:9). The fact is that there’s a direct correlation between what you know and the quality of your life. What you know determines how you live and what you can accomplish. You’ll never have more or go further in life than your knowledge will allow, hence Apostle Paul would say, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2). Certainly, the only thing standing between some believers and the transcendent life which they’ve been called into is their ignorance, not sin or the devil. With accurate knowledge of the word of God, the believer can build his faith and catapult himself to a higher level of operation as a man in Christ.

Whilst most believers have not been properly taught the word, some have wrong attitudes towards the word of God, which eventually reflect in their daily faith walk. God’s word should always be seen as the Father speaking to us; it should be real to us as though He were in a room speaking to us personally. Having a right attitude towards the word will cause our minds to be renewed thereby taking advantage of our placement in Christ. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”(Romans 12:2). Renewing of the mind is to exchange our thoughts with God’s word; a situation where the influence of God’s word over our minds abound. Halleluiah!!!  

INSTRUCTION: Go after knowledge.

PRAYER: I declare that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened to my realities in Christ Jesus, Amen.

QUOTE: No investment in knowledge is wasted.

DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (30)

“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: Bible study demands a quality of diligence; hence, it demands careful attention and consistency in how it is done.

Paul in his letter to Timothy and Romans spoke about this, and this is where we are going to get the depth of clarity conclusively on this. In 1Timothy 1:10, he says “For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men-stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other things that is contrary to sound doctrine”. In his letter to the church at Rome, we have full clarity of Deuteronomy 22:5, it reads “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleaness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creative more than the creator, who is blessed forever. For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was met. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:24-32).

The TPT translation exposes verses 26-27 in a more clear language, it reads “For this reason God gave them over to their own disgraceful and vile passions. Enflamed with lust for one another, men and women ignored the natural order and exchanged normal sexual relations for homosexuality. Women engaged in lesbian conduct, and men committed shameful acts with men, receiving in themselves the due penalty for their deviation”. Evidently, the commandment of Moses was not about dressing; rather it was concerning their conducts or actions. Therefore, Deuteronomy 22:25 should not be singled out on the Christian woman as a proof of not wearing a particular kind of clothes or better still a trouser. It is noteworthy that dressing is a cultural disposition. Cultures determine what is generally accepted as female or male clothing which may differ across locations. However, to the Christian men and women, let modesty and sobriety guide your dressing. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be moderate in your dressing.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are continually sharpened and enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Diligence is the vital ingredient of bible study.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1

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THE BIBLE IN OUR HANDS (29)

“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:  A failure in observation in the place of reading is an overall failure in reading which will result to failure in interpretation and failure in application.

From the body of scriptures, we’ve gone through in the Old Testament which are Deuteronomy 22:30; Ruth 3:8-9; 1Samuel 15:27, 24:5 and Psalm 133:2 where it is clear that men wore skirt, then the assumption that which pertaineth to a man will be a trouser and that which pertaineth to a woman will be a skirt will be faulty. We said in the New Testament, there was an upgrade from skirt to gown; men wore gown. “And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey” (Matthew 3:4). Notice the word leathern girdle; it means a gown. In essence, John the Baptist was wearing a woman’s gown. Acts 21:11 echoes “And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his hands and feet…” Notice the word “girdle” there which means a gown.

Therefore, it is an invalid deduction that which pertaineth to a woman will be a skirt and that which pertaineth to a man will be a trouser since men in scriptures wore skirts and gown; which means the abomination of Deuteronomy 22:5 will not be about clothes. A woman putting on trouser can’t be sin or abomination since men were also wearing skirt and gown and it wasn’t an abomination or a sin. Recall that the instruction of Deuteronomy 22:5 was for both male and female. Since the abomination of Deuteronomy 22:5 was not about clothes, what was it then about? Recall that Moses gave the Jews the law to guide their actions when they got to Canaan. Hence, the abomination was not with their clothes; rather, it was in reference to their actions or conduct. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Always observe while reading.

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

QUOTE: Never fail in observation as far as reading is concerned.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (28)

“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: Reading the scriptures with a pre-conceived notion in mind is a big hindrance to interpreting the authors’ mind and intent.

In demystifying the opinion or pre-conceived notion deduced by many people from Deuteronomy 22:5 that which pertaineth unto a woman will be a skirt and that which pertaineth unto a man will be a trouser, we saw in the context of Deuteronomy that skirt is a man’s cloth (Deuteronomy 22:30). Hence, we deduced that in the Old Testament, men were wearing skirt. Ruth 3:8-9 equally supported this. The pre-conceived notion that trouser is not to be worn by ladies and skirts are not to be worn by men because it is sin or abomination is a clear display of ignorance.

In 1Samuel 15:27, you will see that Samuel who was a prophet wore skirt; “And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent”. Notice, the person here laid hold on the skirt of Samuel’s mantle. In 1Samuel 24:5, you will see that Saul’s cloth was a skirt; it reads “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt”. Psalm 133:2 is an evident that men wore skirt, it reads “It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments”. So, Aaron who was a priest here was wearing skirt. Therefore, that faulty deduction surrounding Deuteronomy 22:5 is invalid. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be diligent in the place of study.

PRAYER: I grow in revelation knowledge now more than ever, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Don’t read your intent into the bible, interpret the authors’ intent.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PSALM CHAPTER 133; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 22

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (27)

“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: Any text of scripture that has not been given proper observation in the place of reading cannot be properly interpreted in the place of interpretation.

Moses’ audience was definitely not thinking of skirt and trousers when this law was given. In the Old Testament by rule of systematic reading beginning from the very context of Deuteronomy 22, men wore skirt. Systematic and contextual reading of Deuteronomy 22:30 will demystify the opinion of that which pertaineth to a man will be trouser and that which pertaineth unto a woman will be a skirt, it reads “A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor discover his father’s skirt”. Notice, “father’s skirt” not mother’s skirt.

Pay attention as we read Ruth 3:8-9, “And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid: for thou art a near kinsman”. Here, Ruth is asking a man to spread his skirt over her, which means the man was wearing a skirt. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be systematic in how you read your bible.

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

QUOTE: You will definitely miss the interpretation if you fail in reading properly.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: RUTH CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 1SAMUEL CHAPTER 15

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (26)

“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: Read the bible without a pre-conceived notion or mindset so that you will not be reading your own intent into the bible and deviating from the authors’ intent.

Moses said that which pertaineth to a man and that which pertaineth to a woman without any specific classification as to whether skirt or trouser. Which means, Moses’ audience were not thinking of skirt and trouser when this law was given. But this text of scripture has become a big problem in the church world today. They are people and churches that have taught from this scripture that a woman wearing trouser has sinned; that she is an abomination.

In fact, some churches don’t even allow women to put on trousers, they can’t be allowed in because in their minds, trouser is a sin for ladies and by wearing trouser, they have nullified their salvation. That is the greatest height of ignorance and illiteracy birthed by an inability to understand interpretation rules and how to apply it in bible reading. Hallelujah!   

INSTRUCTION: Read scriptures in context.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Context is key in bible reading and interpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 22; EVENING: RUTH CHAPTER 3

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (25)

“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: The bible which is a contextual material was contextually written to be contextually read by its readers.

Many read Deuteronomy 22:5 where we have the question as touching dressing, and in reading it, they read their opinions into it, and a number of opinions are formed because they read Deuteronomy 22:5 in isolation of the surrounding context. The two opinions in this scripture are assumptions because in that text of scripture, Moses never mentioned skirts and trousers. It is those reading it today that has read those dressing into that verse. Moses said that which pertaineth to a woman and that which pertaineth to a man without any specific classification. But reading your opinions and mindset will make you plug it out of its context, and that is an abuse of the intent of the author in that verse; because that verse has no trouser or skirt in it. But if we read it first without any pre-conceived opinion or notion, we will observe that there is no skirt or trouser mentioned there; this idea was added by men. This means that Moses’ audience was not thinking of skirt and trouser when they were given that instruction.

The unbelieving Jews were his audience. This instruction or law was given to those who did not believe the gospel. If you are a believer, do you know that law does not apply to you? By the law of application in bible interpretation, Deuteronomy 22:5 does not apply to the man in Christ; the believer is not one in whom there is no faith. So if you are a believer, by the law of application, skirt and trouser has nothing to do with your salvation. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Read scriptures properly.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (24)

“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: Read the scriptures with a high degree of carefulness and high degree of observation that will be revealed in how far you pay attention to details.

Deuteronomy 22:5 is the text we are applying in bible interpretation rule to bring to the spotlight; it reads “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God”. You do not read a bible text in negligence of the surrounding text. The life of a verse of scripture is in the surrounding verse, and so by reading a verse of scripture as a standalone, you have killed that verse. The right interpretation of a text of scripture can easily be arrived at when the surrounding texts are read with it. So, when you neglect the surrounding context of a text, and jerry-pick a text out of the context reading it as a standalone, you have killed the verse. The life of a verse of scripture is within its context; once you take it out of its context, you have made it lifeless. It is the surroundings of a context of scriptures that gives the context life. So when many read a verse like this, they will pick it out ignoring contextual reading and systematic reading, and by doing this, they say what the verse or text is not saying or they form their opinion. Deuteronomy 22:5 is one of the most misinterpreted texts in the church world. In this scripture, it is assumed that:

  • That which pertaineth to a woman will be a skirt (that is an assumption, and better still a misinterpretation).
  • And that which pertaineth to a man will be trouser (that’s an assumption).

The above two opinions are an assumption, why? This is because skirts and trousers are not in that text. Moses did not mention all these; it is people who have read those dressing into that verse. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Don’t read your opinions into the bible.

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

QUOTE: Read a verse of scripture within its surroundings.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 28; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (23)

“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: A route to misinterpretation can be tracked when a bible text is read in isolation of the surrounding text.

We have seen carefully by observing the book of Deuteronomy that Moses’ law was given specifically to the Jews who left Egypt for Canaan. They were referred to as:

  • Rebellious and stiff-necked people (Deuteronomy 31:9-27).
  • A faithless generation or a generation in who there is no faith (Deuteronomy 32:20).

Therefore, the law was given by Moses to them in order to guide their actions when they get to Canaan knowing they were stiff-necked and hardened (Deuteronomy 31:9-27; Matthew 19:3-8). Deuteronomy 32:20 echoes “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very forward generation, children in whom is no faith”. So, they were hardened towards the gospel; hence, he gave them the law. And thus, Deuteronomy 22:5 is an example of such law, let’s read it again and begin to observe closely, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God”.

Remember in the systematic reading rule where we also have the concept of context in it, we said you don’t read a verse in isolation of the surrounding verses. People read Deuteronomy 22:5 and a number of opinions are formed. These numbers of opinions are formed when words are lifted out of context. When you ignore the context and jerry-pick a verse of scripture to say what you want to say, then you will say what that verse is not saying. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Reading bible texts in isolation is a route to misinterpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 32

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (22)

“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: Bible study is labourious and thus demands a diligent, consistent and painstaking approach in the study of it.

Having read Deuteronomy 5:1, 31, we’ve discovered that this instruction was given for the nation of Israel. For further emphasis, let’s observe Deuteronomy 6:1-4 which reads “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightiest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do [it]; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD”. He gave them the commandments to guide them when they get to Canaan. If you read Deuteronomy 31:9-27, this same fact is supported.

Thus, Moses wrote the law to specific people, the Jews. In previous studies, we answered the question of why Moses gave them the law; it was because of the hardness of their hearts; that is, unbelief towards a message/the gospel (Matthew 19:3-8). That’s why in verse 27 of Deuteronomy 31, Moses revealed that these people were rebellious and stiff-necked people. He called them in verse 20 of Deuteronomy 32 “Children in whom is no faith”. So Moses’ law was specifically given to those Jews who left Egypt for Canaan (Deuteronomy 28:1). Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Keep studying with close observation.

PRAYER: I receive understanding as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Be diligent in the place of study.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 32

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (21)

“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: The book called the bible demands critical observation to details in order to arrive at exactness in interpretation and application.

The Old Testament is one of those texts that have been misconstrued in the church world today. It is Deuteronomy 22:5, it reads “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God”. Moses gave the Israelites the law; He gave them the law to guide their actions. Let’s observe bible text critically to know whom Moses’ laws were given to, before we even open up Deuteronomy 22:5.

Chapter 5 of Deuteronomy echoes “And Moses called all Israel, and saith unto them; Hear O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them… But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it” (Deuteronomy 5:1, 31). So it was for the nation of Israel. He gave them the commandments to guide them when they get to Canaan. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The bible in our hands must be studied with careful observation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 6

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (20)

“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: The revelation knowledge of God’s word is equated to proper bible interpretation.

Having carefully examined Matthew 19:3-8 by applying the rule of systematic reading where a body of texts listed below were examined:

  • Deuteronomy 24:1-5
  • Genesis 1:27; 2:24
  • Ephesians 5:30-32, etc.

It is therefore clear without doubt that the unbelief of the Jews was the reason for their request of divorcement (Deuteronomy 24:1-5) so as to physically demonstrate that unbelief to the spiritual reality which was God’s plan in the beginning. So their unbelief to God’s union with the church or man in Christ which is without divorce is why they demonstrated it in marriage physically as divorce. Don’t forget that marriage was used by Moses there in Genesis to communicate salvation; that is, God cannot divorce his wife (the church); which is also symbolic of salvation being eternal; an eternal union. In other words, just like a believer or the church cannot be divorced by Christ/God, then a believer cannot lose salvation.

In essence, divorce is possible with men within the marital institution; but with God and his church, divorce is impossible. And that is why loosing salvation as a believer is impossible. For a believer to lose salvation, then God has to divorce him for him. But salvation is an eternal union with God; and in this union it is impossible for him to divorce, hence once saved is eternally saved. Conclusively here on this particular investigation, even though they are reasons where even a believer can consider divorce in the physical marital institution (like cases of severe emotional abuse, physical abuse, etc), a believer is however supposed to mirror God in his or her marriage physically. However, what is good news in this analysis is that, we are in eternal union with God; and he can’t divorce us. We are in an inseparable union with God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be detailed in your place of study.

PRAYER: I grow in grace which is the knowledge of Christ now more than ever, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Revelation knowledge equals to proper bible interpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (19)

“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: Observation cannot be arrived at in the place of reading where attention to details is neglected by the reader.

In our investigation so far into unbundling Matthew 19:8, we have seen evidently that Moses wrote concerning the hardness of their hearts. Moses wrote and gave them the law because of the unyielding state or nature of their hearts. It was a response to the rejection in their hearts. Just like the writer of Hebrews explained for us to see in Hebrews 3:14-18 and Hebrews 4:1-2. That rejection was the rejection of the gospel. So, he wrote the law to them because of the hardness of their hearts; their rejection of the gospel via unbelief necessitated the law. They were hardened in their hearts to the gospel. That is why Moses referred to them as rebellious and stiff-necked in Deuteronomy 31, it reads “Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff-neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?” (Deuteronomy 31:26-17).

Therefore, he gave them the law in response to their demand; it was to guide their actions knowing how hardened and stiff-neck they were. In fact, Deuteronomy 32:20 says “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a forward generation, children in whom is no faith”. They were hardened towards the gospel; hence, he gave them the law… But from the beginning it was not so. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be diligent in study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Reading carefully, patiently and painstakingly shows diligence in study.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: REVELATION CHAPTER 21

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“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: To arrive at the full understanding of any subject matter, you don’t neglect paying attention to details in its entirety.

We have seen clearly from a body of scriptures that “hardness of heart” as used in Matthew 19:8 is in reference to unbelief. Recall, in Mark 16:14, hardness of heart was explained as unbelief. Note, that unbelief or their unbelief in his resurrection was described as hardness of heart. Hence, hardness of heart is used to describe unbelief of the truth; that is, what was spoken was not accepted. Recall verse 4 to 5 of Matthew 19, “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, for this case shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” God said a man and woman shall be one flesh.

Clearly, this shows that there was a request in their hearts before Moses and Moses permitted them because of the hardness of their heart. Thus, Moses evidently wrote concerning the hardness of their heart; Moses wrote and gave them the law because of the unyielding state/nature of their hearts. It was a response to the rejection in their hearts. Recall, the writer of Hebrews explained that rejection in Hebrews 3:14-18; Hebrews 4:1-2. That rejection was the rejection of the gospel. So, he wrote the law to them because they were hardened in their hearts to the gospel. The gospel of salvation communicated to the Jews using marriage metaphorically where God cannot divorce his church and which was to be mirrored in physical marriage. That unbelief was the reason for their request of divorcement so as to physically demonstrate their unbelief to that spiritual reality (that is, our eternal union with Christ). Hence, divorce is man-made. It is not because of God that we have divorce; it is because of man that we have divorce. Divorce was not instituted by God for man; divorce was instituted by man (that is, Moses) for man because men brought the request before the man Moses. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study patiently.

Prayer: I grow in the knowledge of God’s word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Don’t omit details if you want to arrive at full comprehension.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 16

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“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: A heart that is hardened is not a heart that is hard literally, but a heart that has chosen not to be persuaded by a truth or message.

In unbundling verse 8 of Matthew 19 to support that unbelief was the reason for Deuteronomy 24:1-5 and in fact the entirety of the laws of Moses which were over 613 laws, we thus came to see that the statement “Hardness of heart” in Matthew 19:8 referred to their perception and it was referred to by the writer of Hebrews as unbelief in the gospel. The writer of Hebrews will therefore be critical in this explanation. In Hebrews 3, the writer echoes “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believe not?” (Hebrews 3:14-18).

The writer of Hebrews explained further in chapter 4, it reads “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that hard it” (Hebrews 4:1-2). In essence, the Jews were hardened, they were in unbelief. Mark’s account equally used it, it reads “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” (Mark 16:14). Note, in Mark’s account also where we have hardness of heart explained as unbelief, their unbelief was in his resurrection. Thus, hardness of heart is used to describe unbelief of the truth; that is, what was spoken was not accepted; it is a response to a message. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Handle the bible with care in your reading and interpretation of it.

PRAYER: I declare that insight and understanding is made available as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: A hardened heart is not a persuaded heart and not a hard heart in literal terms.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4

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“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: Many errors in bible interpretation and application be solved and resolved by a systematic reading approach of the bible.

In order to buttress the fact that unbelief to God’s plan of Genesis was the reason for a physical institution of divorce and as a physical demonstration of their hardness of heart towards that spiritual reality, we began observing verse 8 of Matthew 19. Observe the reading again “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. The phrase “because of” was translated from a word that was used 703 times in the New Testament books of the bible; it is the Greek word “pros” which means towards.

The word “hardness” is the word “sklero” in the Greek; it implies unyielding, stubborn, and obstinate. The word “heart” is the word “kardia” in the Greek; it implies the very core of man. Thus, the phrase “hardness of heart” referred to perception. The word “suffered” was translated from a Greek word which implies to allow, to permit and to respond to. The word “you” (“humin” in Greek) supports the fact that Moses gave the law specifically to the Jews. Thus, the statement “hardness of heart” therefore referred to their perception and it was referred to as or explained by the writer of Hebrews as unbelief in the gospel. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay focused and study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Systematic bible reading can solve many interpretation problems.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4

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“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: Approaching the bible in a systematic order in the place of reading is vital for full understanding and comprehension of details.                                                                                   

We have established that the essence of Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was their unbelief to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. That physical divorce instituted in Deuteronomy 24 was Moses’ way of permitting them to demonstrate their unbelief to the spiritual truth of Genesis in a physical manner within the conduit of the marital institution. How do we know clearly that it was unbelief? Let’s begin to explore verse 8 of Matthew 19 as it gives us a lead for further analysis, it reads “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. Observe this distinction below:

  • Moses because of the hardness of your hearts – Hardness of hearts towards a spiritual reality (God’s union with the church which is salvation).
  • Suffered you to put away your wives – That hardness of heart towards that spiritual reality is now demonstrated physically as divorce in the marital institution.
  • From the beginning, it was not so – That is, in Genesis where we have God’s plan, it’s a union never to be separated; no divorce.

So we have hardness of heart which was spiritual, demonstrated physically in them putting away their wives (divorce) but from the beginning where we have the plan, it is “no divorce”. Having shown this, we will begin to examine the meaning and implication of the words used in verse 8 of Matthew 19. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study patiently and carefully.

PRAYER: I receive enlightenment and understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: A systematic approach to bible reading is key to bible understanding.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

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“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: Read with rapt attention because that’s the proof of observation in the place of reading; and observation in the place of reading is reading itself.

In explaining Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:3-8 where Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 1:24 was referenced, we deduced from Paul’s word in Ephesians 5:30-32 that the communication in Genesis was more of spiritual than physical. It was about God’s union with the church (marriage). And thus, marriage in the Genesis account was used as a metaphor to teach salvation. Salvation is marriage; God’s marriage with his wife (that is, the church). It is in this marriage that there is no divorce and physical marriage was to mirror this. However, men’s unbelief to this spiritual truth is what they demonstrated physically as divorce.

In essence, Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was their unbelief to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. That physical divorce instituted in Deuteronomy 24 was Moses’ way of permitting them to demonstrate their unbelief to the spiritual truth of Genesis in a physical manner within the conduit of the marital institution. In essence,

  • Salvation was taught in Genesis as marriage (where God cannot divorce his wife).
  • Unbelief to that salvation which was taught as marriage was demonstrated physical as divorce in the marital institution.

How do we know that unbelief was the reason Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was instituted? We know it because in the same context of Matthew 19, Jesus’ words in verse 8 makes it clear, it reads “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put you’re your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be observant as you keep studying.

Prayer: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Diligence in the place of bible study cannot be overemphasized.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 19

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“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: The bible in our hands must be well observed while reading to arrive at wholesome comprehension and right interpretation.

Revelation 5:5 is the text we want to subject to proper scriptural scrutiny as we examine a body of scriptures to see and debunk the terminology “lion” used to describe Jesus in the text. Having subjected the text to rules of interpretation, the text stands alone falling under the law of single mention; and thus, failing in the corroboration law of interpretation. Since this text stands alone, the concept of Jesus being the lion of the tribe of Judah in our teachings and songs in the church world will be out of place. Because it fails the corroboration rule, Jesus can’t be the lion of the tribe of Judah.

By examining this context and a body of scriptures, it will now be clear if the elder who said that erred because of the mindset the Jews had about God’s character in the Hebrew texts (Old Testament) which Jesus in the incarnation came to correct. It is noteworthy that the statement “the lion of the tribe of Judah” came from one of the elders who in this instance was a Jew. A clearer explanation of that statement can be read in the next verse (the post-text) which reads “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6). How can you in one breath call him a lion? In explaining further, you call him a “lamb”. Is he a lion and a lamb at the same time? Let’s study further in subsequent days. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Pay undivided attention in the place of bible study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The bible rightly interpreted is equated to revelation knowledge.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 19 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2

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“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: To easily have an edge in understanding bible reading and interpretation, learn to read books of scriptures not in isolation but read it systematically.

We have seen previously as we began to apply the rule of interpretation to Revelation 5:5 that this text falls under the rule of single mention. The law of single mention states that, “A concept or doctrine cannot be established on the basis of single mention”. Hence, for a doctrine or concept to be established, the corroboration rule must be applied; maybe a double mention of such a concept or an emphatic mention of such concept. Looking at Revelation 5:5 under the rule of interpretation, it first fails the corroboration text and therefore, one cannot use it as a basis to refer to Jesus as the lion of the tribe of Judah; whether his root can be traced to Judae or not. This is because there is no other text of the scripture that uses a lion to describe Jesus.

Therefore, something must be happening to Revelation 5:5 text that demands our close attention; there could have thus been an error in whosoever referred to Jesus as a lion. However, let’s go through the bible to decipher what is going on. Revelation 5:5 says, “And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof”. Having now seen that this text falls under the law of single mention and fails to pass the test of the corroboration law, we will begin to observe this text carefully in context, with other texts of scriptures together and then bring to the fore if a lion could be used to describe Jesus. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Keep reading through.

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

QUOTE: The bible gets easily understood when systematically read.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENSIS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3

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