“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: For there to be understanding in the place of reading, you cannot ignore, neglect or exonerate observation from the picture.
In Acts 8:27-35, the question Philip asked the Ethiopian Eunuch who read from Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 53:7-8 in Acts 8:31-33) was “Understandest thou what thou readest”. Meaning, in interpretation and studying, proper reading is the key. From Philip’s question in verse 30 of Acts 8, the first thing to be deduced is that the Ethiopian Eunuch read from the scriptures. Secondly, Philip was able to explain the verse that the Ethiopian Eunuch was reading because he also must have read the scriptures. The phrase “began at the same scripture” in Acts 8:35 (as documented by Luke) imply Philip used other scriptures to explain that same verse to him. Thirdly, based on that explanation, the man of Ethiopia believed; he received salvation (Acts 8:37).
This shows you that reading plays a very vital role when it comes to understanding and interpreting texts of scriptures. This explains why Philip’s question bothered on the Ethiopian Eunuch understanding what he read. So, we can say that: Understanding in reading cannot be arrived at if reading is done with zero percent observation. Also, it can be deduced that: Understanding the scriptures would begin firstly by reading. So, reading without observation cannot land you in understanding. Meaning, to understand what is read, observation must be given to what is read, and you have not observed what is read until you pay attention to the details of the read material. Reading for understanding demands observation and that is how understanding can be arrived at. See this:
- For you to arrive at study, you have to read.
- For you to arrive at interpretation, you have to read.
- For you to arrive at right/proper reading, you have to observe.
- For you to observe, you have to pay attention to details.
- For there to be comprehension in reading, you cannot neglect observation.
- If you cannot observe what is read in order for comprehension, you cannot arrive at understanding. Think! Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Meditate on the study carefully.
PRAYER: I declare my commitment to the reading of your word Lord, no more in a lazy and carefree attitude, but with the attitude of diligence, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Until observation begins in reading, reading has not begun; understanding will not emerge.