“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: Reading for understanding is reading with observation.
Reading plays a very vital role in study and interpretation. Observation plays a key role in reading; it is from reading with observation that understanding will be arrived at. Meaning:
- You cannot understand in reading if you don’t comprehend the read material.
- You can’t comprehend the read material devoid of observation.
So when it comes to understanding and interpreting bible texts, reading plays a very vital role. Thus, understanding the scriptures begins firstly from reading. If you cannot read, you cannot comprehend or understand. Reading is so emphasized in the scriptures that Paul also instructs Timothy; a minister of the gospel, a bible teacher to give attendance to reading; thus, in 1Timothy 4:13, Paul had this to say, “Till I come, give attendance to reading to exhortation, to doctrine”. In Paul’s words in Ephesians 3, he had this to say “How that by revelation, he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the spirit” (Ephesians 3:3-5). Verse 4 clearly tells us why he wrote to them, “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand…” Hence, Paul wrote to them so that the epistle can be read but the essence was for them to read and understand. The term “when you read” used in Ephesians 3 above as documented by Paul was translated from a compound word in the Greek Lexicon “anaginosko”. This word is important in our study, it was gotten from two words in Greek: “Ana” which means again and “Ginosko” which means to recognize. What in essence does “anaginosko” mean? To be answered in next study. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: While reading, don’t miss out of observation.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are sharpened as I study through your word, even as I consecrate myself to the place of reading your word diligently now and always, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: You can’t skip observation in reading and aim to arrive at understanding in reading.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 12 EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 19