“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: Never read your mindset into the bible, else it is your mindset that you will interpret afterwards as explanations.
We saw in our last study that just like the word “read” (anaginosko) was frequently used by Jesus in the four gospels in response to the questions posed to him by the Pharisees and Sadducees, this word also had a regular frequency in the book of Acts; and we examined a couple of texts to buttress this. One important rule in bible reading and interpretation is: Never read your mindset into bible text; hence, you will not be interpreting what the author intends to be the intent of the interpretation. So, interpretation out of the authors’ intent is interpreting your own intent, and this is possible because while reading in the first place, what you read was your intent and not the authors’ intent. Furthermore, in the epistles, this word “read” (anaginosko) also had its occurrences which we will examine.
In 2Corinthians 1:13, Paul has this to say “For we write none other things unto you, than what you read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end”. Paul echoes this in chapter 3 of 2Corinthians “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all of men… But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which vail is done away in Christ” (2Corinthians 3:2, 14). In Colossians 4:16, Paul used the word “read” (anaginosko) three times in a singular verse, it reads “And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea”. In simple terms, Paul in Colossians 4:16 instructed them “Whatever I wrote to Laodicea, read it and let the church at Laodicea also read what I wrote to you (to the church at Colosse)”. We’ve seen so far that reading is so emphasized in scriptures. And as far as bible interpretation is concerned, you can’t miss it at reading and aim to get it at interpretation. You therefore cannot be a true student of the word without being an ardent reader. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You have to be an ardent reader.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the zeal for fervent and diligent reading is ignited in me, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: A student who does not study has a question tag on his studentship.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3