“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 try to interpret a text you haven’t read properly, if you do so you will be abusing the authors’ intent.
We have established fundamentally that bible study and bible teaching demand carefulness, hard work and diligence, because bible texts must be presented in their exactness. We can’t read our meaning into what has been written already, because doing that becomes an abuse to what was intended by the author in such a text. No one is at liberty to give a personal interpretation or meaning to a text. Don’t forget, the Greek word “orthotomeo” from which the English term “rightly dividing” was translated from in 2Timothy 2:15 brings to the fore that Paul’s use of that terminology was to let us know that in bible interpretation, we don’t innovate, we excavate. We don’t read our intents into bible texts; we study bible text carefully allowing the authors’ intent find expression in our interpretation.
Recall, reading plays a vital role as far as interpreting bible texts is concerned. As far as you miss it at right reading, you cannot get it at right interpretation. Is it not saddening that most folks teach or try to explain bible texts that they’ve not read properly. And some even try to explain bible text that they’ve not by themselves read. The question is:
- How can you explain what you have not read?
- How can you explain properly what you’ve not read properly?
- How can you even read properly when you don’t know how proper reading is done?
This must be settled in our minds: Reading plays the greatest role if bible texts must be rightly divided. This, therefore, brings to the fore the importance of reading, because you cannot successfully interpret a text you did not properly read. Hence, in proper bible interpretation, one vital key is observation. This is because observation is important in proper interpretation of texts of the books of the bible. You can’t aim to get it at right interpretation when you had missed it at proper reading. Observation in reading or bible interpretation will be to ask these questions while reading bible texts: What does it say? What is the content? Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: When you read, observe.
PRAYER: I stir up a reading appetite in me now more than ever, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Error in right reading equals to error in right interpretation which equals to error in right application.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 23; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24