“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: Consistency in reading is a vital quality that shows you are either diligent or not.
It’s clear and unarguable that reading plays a vital role when it comes to understanding and interpreting texts of scriptures. When reading is out of place, understanding the scriptures can’t be in place. So, understanding the scriptures will begin first by reading any written material at all. The vitality of reading is so critical in scriptures that its emphasis was/is overwhelming. That’s why Paul while writing to Timothy who was his mentee says “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1Timothy 4:13). In Ephesians 3:3-5, Paul in verse 4 uses a phrase “when you read”. Verse 4 of Ephesians 3 already 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.
That term “when you read” used by Paul in verse 4 of Ephesians 3 is “anaginosko” in Greek and we’ve seen that it was gotten from two words: “ana” meaning again and “ginosko” meaning to recognize. “Anaginosko” therefore implies continuous reading, that is, you must keep reading. “Anaginosko” means to read properly, to pay attention to details as you read. This word is used to relive an experience. You keep reading it again and again. In historical times, “Anaginosko” was used for judges when they read their judgment on matters of justice brought before them. It was used 33 times in the New Testament books of the bible. The frequency of its usage by the authors points our attention to the importance of the word “read”. Hence, what Paul said to the church at Ephesus can be better understood as, “as you keep reading, you may understand”. Paul again pointed out that understanding revelation is related to how dutiful (diligent) we are in reading. The believer, therefore, has a duty not just to have read the scriptures but to keep reading the same. This is why the very first rule in bible study is reading, that is, observation. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Your reading must be continuous.
PRAYER: I declare a boiling fire and passion within me to drive me to a place of reading God’s word consistently and continually, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Reading that is not consistent lacks the quality of diligence.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 21 EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 22