“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: When observation is out of the reading process, reading is yet to take place.
So far in this study, we have seen the role reading plays in bible interpretation. Before we go further, let’s go over a vital fact as touching this study which is its aim. This study is pointing towards two aims which is: First is to equip us with the fundamentals of bible interpretation; exposing us to how the bible ought to be read, studied and interpreted. This first aim of this study which is directed at bible interpretation will be our investigation throughout this month. Secondly, we are going to subject Isaiah 60:1-5 to the fundamentals of bible interpretation. From what we have seen so far, it suffices us to say that:
- Reading is the hallmark of study.
- Reading is the hallmark of interpretation.
- Observation is the hallmark of reading.
- Paying attention to details is the hallmark of observation.
Reading is yet to take place when observation is out of the reading process. As far as interpreting bible text or bible interpretation is concerned, reading is observation. The extent of observation given to what is read will determine the extent of understanding of the read material. You cannot understand extensively until you have read extensively. The degree of observation you give to what is read will determine the degree of understanding of the read material. You cannot be deeper in bible interpretation than you were deeper in bible reading. Any attempt to take the depth of understanding deeper than the depth of reading will land you in error. A guiding rule in bible interpretation is:
- Never try to interpret beyond the understanding of what you read.
- Never try to sound deeper than the bible by infusing your thoughts into it.
- Don’t tell a bible text your thoughts, allow a bible text to tell you its thoughts.
- When you infuse your intent into the scriptures, you diffuse the authors’ intent in the scriptures. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Reading is a necessity; read!
PRAYER: I declare my consecration and commitment to consistent, continuous and dutiful reading of God’s word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: An attempt to infuse your thoughts into a bible text is an attempt to diffuse the authors’ thoughts in such a bible text.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3