“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: There is properness in reading and until you address your mind to this properly, you will not properly read the scriptures.

We saw further in our investigation of the word “Anaginosko” that Jesus used it severally and in his usages, it was mostly in response to the questions posed to him. By Jesus always using this response, “Have you not read”, it suffices to say firstly that this response reveals that he had certainly read the entire scriptures. Secondly, in most of this interactions, he was speaking to Pharisees; men who by their status and training had read the entire scriptures. In other words, examining the kind of questions Jesus asked in his responses further shows that “anaginosko” is not just to have read it and known the verses; it goes beyond that, more so because what he said was not a revelation to them. He was simply saying “address your mind to what is written in the scriptures”. You are asking this question because you have not properly addressed your mind to the facts.

“Have you not read” means to relive the moment; to see it again. Interpreting Jesus’ response in today’s language would be “Go and read it again” because what he said implied that they had an idea of the texts but were not reading it properly. Again, there is properness in reading where you address your mind to the issues. It is clear that Jesus did not say or was not saying they did not read the scriptures, he rather implied they did not read them properly; in other words “have you not read properly?” In essence, he was saying “pay attention to details”. This is because every time he said “have you not read?” those verses he referred to were verses among other verses which implies, “Didn’t you take note of this in your reading?” This would mean the kind of reading involved in bible study is to take note. The scriptures have to be read because that is where understanding comes from. Take note: Properness in reading is paying attention to details; paying attention to details is observation and observation is reading.  Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Always read to capture details.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened and sharpened as I spend time on your word Lord in the place of reading, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: It is a misunderstanding to aim at understanding in the absence of reading.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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