“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: Interpretation and studying begins with reading and proper reading begins at observation of what is read.
Interpretation and study begins with reading; if you can’t read, you can’t study and if you can’t read, you equally can’t interpret. So, the bedrock of both studying and interpretation is reading, however, the bedrock of right reading and deep reading itself falls down to observation. Observation in reading will mean paying attention to details in the material. If you miss it at observation, you will miss it in all the processes (that is, reading, interpretation and studying). The minute you fail to pay attention to details when reading, it simply means you will fail to properly interpret it. A major work of a bible student is to be observant, because what you do not observe, you cannot interpret; and thus, you did not study at all or you were just doing a shallow study. To go deeper in bible interpretation, go deeper in bible reading. Your expertise in interpreting bible text falls back to your bible reading ability.
Reading is so important that in Acts 8:27-34, where we have Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, Philip asked the Ethiopian Eunuch who read from the Prophet Isaiah “Understandest thou what thou readest?” (Acts 8:30). From Philip’s question in verse 30 of Acts 8, it is first important to note that the Ethiopian Eunuch read from the scriptures and the place he read from was Isaiah 53:7-8; Acts 8:31-33 shows that. And Philip was able to explain the verse to the Ethiopian Eunuch, why? Philip was able to explain the verse that he was reading because he also must have read the scriptures. Observe what Luke wrote in verse 35 of Acts 8 “…Philip opened his mouth, and began at that same scripture…” The phrase “began at the same scripture” means Philip used other scriptures to explain that same verse to him. So reading is very critical and pivotal to proper bible interpretation. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Read your bible.
PRAYER: Thank you father for the instruction from your word as touching reading, I yield myself to this instruction as I am diligence in the place of reading and my eyes open up to revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Reading with zero observation is no reading at all.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 12