“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 labour, it must not be given a lazy approach; hence, it demands a quality of diligence.
We have seen that bible study and bible teachings are labour and thus, demands diligence. Paul in essence was telling Timothy in 2Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. The word “rightly dividing” was translated from the Greek word “orthotomeo”, which was gotten from two words:
- Temno – means to cut
- Orthos – means straight
Hence, the term “rightly dividing” as used by Paul will imply to cut straight, to cut properly. Also, when the word is used, it is used basically to show carefulness; that is, the teacher of the word has to be careful in how he handles bible texts. The word “orthotomeo” was gotten from a word in an Old Testament text rendered as “direct thy paths” in Proverbs 3:5-6; it reads “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. The word “direct” in verse 6 of the above text is the Hebrew word “yashar”. It means smooth, straight, proper. It is mostly used for proper direction; it means to make straight or to straighten and that is where we get the word “rightly dividing” (orthotomeo) from. This term “direct your paths” is to direct your path to something. This, in other words means cutting things into two to make the path straight. That’s why a further investigation into this word “orthotomeo” will show that whenever this word is used, two comparisons are intended:
- Earlier writers (Pre-new Testament) used this word for those into mining. In mining, you are not doing anything to create the mineral; rather, what you are doing is extracting what is already available.
- Secondly, it has to do with cutting a line straight; being very careful and precise in your use of measurement.
Notice that Paul was a tent maker (Acts 18:3). In today’s language, Paul would have been described to as a builder; his professional discipline thus can be seen to have influence in choice of words. So, those translators who interpreted the word therefore allude to something. Paul used the word “orthotomeo” as the direct opposite of innovation. What does this tell us? Let’s see it in next study. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t be lazy in bible study.
PRAYER: I declare my appraisal of the written word revealed in my continuous commitment in the study of it, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Bible interpretation is not an innovation into bible text but an excavation from bible text.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: PROVERBS CHAPTER 3