“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: An in-depth understanding of scriptures will be an offshoot of an in-depth reading of scriptures.
We have seen in Ephesians 3:3-5 that Paul’s use of the term “when you read” which is “anaginosko” in Greek implies continuous reading, that is, you must keep reading. It also means to read properly, to pay attention to details when you read. The word “anaginosko” thus speaks of properness in reading; reading with rapt attention in order to come to a place of understanding. So, in Ephesians 3, Paul’s words point to us that understanding revelation is related to how diligent we are in reading. We must therefore keep reading the scriptures; it must be a continuous work. We must read to capture the details of what is read (that is, “anaginosko”). Hence, the first key in bible study is reading, that is, observation. What is not properly read cannot be properly interpreted. One must never assume he knows the meaning of a text when he has not properly read the same.
Let’s take this further: In the synoptic/four gospels (Matthew to John), our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ also used the word “anaginosko” several times. He used it often in responses to questions posed to him by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Let’s see few instances: In Matthew 12:3, he says “But he said unto them, have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him”. In Matthew 19:4, he has this to say “And he answered and said unto them, have ye not read, that he who made them at the beginning made them male and female”. Hear Jesus in Matthew 21:42, “Jesus said unto them, did ye never read in the scriptures, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes”. In Mark 12:26, he echoed, “And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. From the above texts, Jesus mostly answered questions posed to him by asking, “…Have you not read…” His responses showed firstly that he had certainly read the entire scriptures. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Always be in-depth in your reading of scriptures.
PRAYER: I declare that my eyes open up to revelation knowledge as I have an in-depth study of your word Lord, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: You cannot be in-depth in scriptural understanding if you are not in-depth in scriptural reading.
DAILY READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 2; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 12