“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: A student of the word that is not given to the study of the word is not a student of the word.

A vital truth established in our investigation of the word “read” is that anaginosko lets us see that there is properness in reading; reading must be done to capture the entire details of what is read; hence, it demands paying attention to details. Note: To read to capture details, you have to pay attention to the details while reading. In our investigation into the word “anaginosko”, we have seen that the frequency of this word cuts across:

  • The synoptic (four) gospels
  • The book of Acts
  • The epistles

Previously, we examined it’s occurrences in the epistles; 2Corinthians 1:13; 2Corinthians 3:2, 14 and Colossians 4:16 were texts that support this explanation. The Apostle Peter has this to say in chapter 3 of his second epistle, “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2Peter 3:15-16). From the above text, Peter instructed his audience about Paul and his messages. It is evident that reading was both an apostolic practice and an instruction. 1Thessalonians 5:27 reads “I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren”. Paul instructed that the epistle be read unto all.

From the investigation so far, it is clear that the word “anaginosko” is not casual browsing or reading with a carefree attitude. It rather describes how academic materials are read. It is to read and capture the details. “Anaginosko” is to pay attention to details. You must be thorough in your reading; and this also implies if you are to teach from the scriptures, just like Paul said to Timothy “be diligent to show thyself approved”; you must read that text well. If the text is from an epistle for instance, then you must read the whole epistle, because the books of the bible were not written in chapters and verses; chapters and verses were introduced by the translators. The epistles originally were letters, so it is advisable that you read the whole epistle before you preach or teach from it. You must be given to reading; you must ne an ardent reader. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be a dutiful reader.

Prayer: I give myself up to the study of God’s word as a student of his word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The word student is from the word study; so if you are a student of the word without studying the word, then you are not actually a student of the word.


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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