“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: In bible interpretation, never make the figurative, literal and the literal, figurative.
With the analysis done so far, let’s now take a lead as we unbundle how the bible opens up. Follow the reading carefully, “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” (Genesis 1:1-3). Now, at this point in time, don’t always lose sight of the fact that the New Testament unveils the Old Testament. If you have been following our devotionals carefully, you will know clearly that the Old Testament is a mystery (“musterion” in Greek; meaning something hidden that is to be explained) and the New Testament explains the Old Testament. That is, the Old Testament which was to be known or explained is now made known in the New Testament. The understanding of this will play in our explanation of Genesis 1:1-3. Notice that verse 1 of Genesis 1 is summative (that is, like a summary writing) while from verse 2, the writer begins to give and expose what was said earlier in verse 1 using summative formal.
It is also important that we point out here that Moses (the writer of Genesis) wrote Genesis from a vision, how do we know? This is because the writer (Moses) was not present in Genesis when he wrote Genesis. Moses was born in Exodus 2 and the bible is not in order of Exodus, Genesis, Leviticus, etc. That is, Genesis comes before Exodus, and thus if Moses was born in Exodus, it means he was not present when the event he documented in Genesis happened. Genesis therefore, is an analysis derived from a vision. Why are we pointing out this fact? This is because if you don’t get this in the first place, you won’t understand why Moses employed the language he used in Genesis. Thus, Genesis was a visions’ analysis and in visions analysis, there is heavy involvement of figures of speech, you won’t find it difficult to now comprehend that Moses employed a heavy use of figures of speech in this account. So take note of these two facts below:
- Moses was not present in Genesis account and thus, the Genesis account is a visions’ analysis or a third party reportage.
- And because of how the account was communicated to Moses, Moses thus employed heavy use of figurative expressions.
Take note of this as we continue in subsequent study. In bible interpretation, when you make the figurative literal and the literal figurative, then a vital truth will be lost and you are not far from misinterpreting a bible text. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Never make the figurative literal and the literal figurative in bible study.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that diligence and dutifulness in the place of bible study is stirred up in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your attempt to make the literal figurative and the figurative literal in bible study will land you in improper bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1