“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: The intent to be interpreted in bible interpretation is not your intent but the authors’ intent.
It is impossible to arrive at a detailed interpretation of a bible text that has not been read in details; therefore, the emphasis so far is on reading. From Jesus’ use of the word “anaginosko” in the synoptic account, what he implied was that the Pharisees or Saducees did not read the scriptures properly; in other words “have you not read properly?” Jesus in all of those responses to the questions posed to him was saying: Pay attention to details. It thus suffices us to say that 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. The book of Acts also has an emphatic frequency in the use of the word “anaginosko”. Let’s investigate into a few: In Acts 13:27, it echoes “For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him”.
Acts 15:21 where we have another use of the word says “For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day… Vs 31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation”. Acts 23:34 reads “And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;” If you observe carefully Acts 13:27 and Acts 15:21 above, you will see again the importance of reading; it was done consistently and continually. Also, in Acts 23:34 above, the governor read the letter of judgment. Even though it was a letter communicating judgment, note that the author (Luke) used the same word “anaginosko” (translated as “read” in normal parlance). It has to do with careful reading. The governor was not to read his own mindset into the letter. The essence of writing in the first place was to convey information, and his actions would stem from what is read. Take note: In proper reading, you don’t read your mindset into what is written; if not you will make what is written say what it is not saying. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Never read your mindset into the bible.
PRAYER: I declare that I am committed to the study of God’s word like never before, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: In bible interpretation, it’s not your intent that is the intended interpretation but the authors’ intent.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 13 EVENING: ACTS CHAPTER 15