“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: Most often in bible interpretation, figurative expressions when used communicate spiritual truth.

We have seen that the word “without form and void” means nothing, nothing. If the earth was nothing, nothing, then we can’t have waters. So if Moses says the earth was nothing and later says “face of waters”, then it means that Moses was using a figure of speech. The statement “the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters” there is called personification in English Language. Why is it a personification? Waters don’t have a face, it takes a human or an animate being to have a face, and water is an inanimate being. So in literature, when a human quality is being ascribed to an inanimate object, that figure of speech is called a personification. Notice, he had earlier said “darkness was upon the face of the deep” which is another personification. So we have already located two figurative statements in verse 2 of Genesis 1. Most often in bible interpretation, where we have figurative expressions, the communication aimed, is always spiritual truth. So those two personifications above are spiritual truth and we will see what they denote soon.

Notice the figurative expression “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to further explain the previous statement “And the earth was without form and void”, hence, why the semi-colon was rightly inserted by the King James translators after the word “void”. Let’s now unbundle the entire figurative expressions in verse 2 as we pay keen attention to verse 3, “And God said, let there be light: and there was light”. Let’s quickly point out the fact that the light God commanded in verse 3 is not the sun, moon or stars, it was also figurative because in the context of chapter 1 verses 14 to 16, that is where we have the creation of light and it is in that context that we have what is referred to as the solar system. So if we have the literal lights within verses 14 to 16, then verse 3 will stand out to be figurative and if it is figurative, then it will be a spiritual truth being communicated using figures of speech. So, the question now is what is the light in verse 3? We will see that in the next study. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Always read the bible in context and with the understanding of grammar.

Prayer: I declare that I have the capacity to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Contextual investigation and grammatical investigation are vital in bible interpretation.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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