“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 insight or wisdom in bible interpretation is not a talent, it is acquired by training.
In our examination of Paul’s word to Timothy in 2Timothy 3:15-16 which holds a key in what we are presently unbundling, we got into examining the words used in which we stopped at the word “known”. Recall, the word “known” was translated from the Greek word “sophizo” and we have seen that this word is not necessarily quoting bible texts but to appreciate the scriptures, that is, your ability to explain bible texts properly. “Sophizo” implies wisdom; it is not used for talent or an innate skill, but for something that is acquired. This word was taken from the Greek word “sophia” which implies insight. It goes beyond awareness, it speaks of skillfulness. In Luke 2:50-52, that word “Sophia” was used for Jesus, it reads “And they understood not the saying which he spoke unto them. And he went down with them, and came down to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and statue, and in favour with God and man”.
Jesus was seen as clever because of the kind of questions he asked as well as his understanding of things. “Sophia” is acquired from training; it is not a function of experience but by education within scriptures. In other words, Timothy had an understanding of what was written, and thus, could explain skillfully from the same. Timothy’s skillfulness was seen in the way he was able to teach accurately from the scriptures. The phrase “All scripture” was translated from the Greek word “passa graphe”. “Graphe” unlike the word “gramma” which he used in verse 15 refers to the writing itself and not necessarily the meaning. It was used over 51 times in the New Testament books of the bible. It deals with words, letters, statements, phrases, the writing itself. The phrase “given by the inspiration of God” will bring everything to the spotlight which we will examine in the next study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Present yourself to be taught.
PRAYER: I declare that the light of your word grows in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Availability in the place of bible study is how you begin to acquire the ability of bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3