“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: The scriptures have a peculiar insight.
From our previous study, it could be deduced that the bible is a compilation of literature composed of words which serves as vehicles to communicate an understanding. It is a literature with spiritual information because of the inspiration behind the documentation. Hence, the bible is not like any kind of book, it is a book separate from any other human book because of the information it contains. Before we bring this foundational analysis on the bible to a summary so we could go ahead and examine our key text (Genesis 1:1-5) in subsequent days, let us observe Paul’s words in his letter to Timothy once more, it reads “And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Timothy 3:15-16). Observe the phrase “make you wise” (in verse 15) which was translated from the Greek word “sophizo” that implies skillfulness; that is to skillfully devise things. It was the same word used by Peter in 2Peter 1:16 translated as “cunningly devised”, it reads “we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye witnesses of his majesty”. This word “sophizo” implies wisdom; it is used for being smart, skillful or clever; it is not used for talent or innate skill but for something that is acquired by learning. In other words, by Paul using the word “sophizo” (an insight or wisdom), he lets us see that the bible is not a typical book like novels or newspapers for instance which you can read while walking on your street.
This book is a book with insight or that requires insight in your study of it. In other words, the study of the scriptures does not require a casual or careless approach because any careless study of a text of scripture will be a breeding ground for errors in interpretation. Meaning, where bible interpretation is concerned, an approach that is required is a careful approach where attention to details is given. That said, in our subsequent studies, we will begin to unfold the fact that Moses and all the prophets in the Old Testament had a Christ-centered message; that is, they wrote concerning Christ. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Reading the bible requires a careful approach and not a careless approach. Take note!
PRAYER: Father, I give myself to studying your word with the quality of a student who pays careful attention to details in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: You cannot interpret rightly what you studied wrongly.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4