“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 forget this, the scriptures will not bow to your experiences, views or opinions; your experiences, views or opinions will bow to the scriptures.
From our studies so far, it can be deduced that bible study or bible teachings demand hard work, diligence and carefulness, because scriptures or bible texts must be presented in its exactness. At no point must we read our meaning into what has been written already. Nobody or no one is at liberty to give a personal interpretation or meaning to a bible text. That’s why in bible interpretation, a golden rule is:
- A bible text can never mean today what it never meant when it was first written;
- Your wrong interpretation of a text can never change the intended interpretation of the author of such texts;
Hence, you can only find out the interpretation of a text. It has to be what the author intended when he wrote it, not after and not even before. Any meaning, interpretation or explanation gotten afterwards can never be the intention of the author. Therefore, bible interpretation should be devoid of your opinions, feelings, and experiences. Take note:
- At no point should you subject the scriptures or a bible text to your opinions; rather, subject your opinions to the scriptures.
- At no point should you subject the scriptures to your views and perspective, you should rather subject your views and perspectives to the scriptures.
- At no point should you subject the scriptures or a bible text to your feelings and emotions; rather, subject your feelings and emotions to the scriptures.
Your feelings, emotions or experiences don’t give validity to the scriptures; neither does it authenticate its trueness. The scripture is true, authentic and valid without your experiences; your experiences don’t make the word of God the word of God, the word of God is the word of God irrespective of experiences. So, experiences shouldn’t be the radii or yardstick you use to interpret scriptures, if not you are not far from misinterpreting bible text. Your experiences sometimes can be false, but the scriptures will not change from being true to being false because of your experiences. The bible will not mean today what it didn’t mean when it was first written. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study carefully.
PRAYER: I declare that ability is given me to be diligent in the place of bible study and interpretation, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Experiences don’t define the truth of God’s word; the truth of God’s word is static regardless of experiences.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3