“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 can be no proper interpretation and application of a bible text that was studied with a proof-texting approach.
In the study of Jesus in all the earth, the focus of this study is seen thus:
- To equip us believers with the nitty-gritty of bible study and interpretation. The study focuses on “how to read, how to study and interpret the bible”.
- Subjects the key text of this study into proper scriptural scrutiny; that is, we will apply the rule of “how to read and interpret” bible text to Isaiah 60:1-5 to see exactly what Isaiah was discussing in this text; and in doing so, the misconceptions and misinterpretations of this text will be debunked.
Having repeated the aim and focus of this study, let’s proceed as we pick up exactly from where we stopped last month, that is, part 31 of this study where we began investigating into the rule of reading bible text contextually. Recall, the proof-texting method of scriptural study is different from a contextual study of scriptural text.
To assume the meaning of a scriptural text is a clear show of laziness. This assumption of a scriptural text is majorly caused because of hearsays, lack of studies, nuances and idiosyncrasies. Hence, this is where the line between proof-texting and studying the scriptures in context can be drawn. When we say “proof-texting” in bible study, we are referring to that attempt whereby one looks for a verse that has the words relating to the subject matter he wants to teach. Here, the verses basically serve as a proof of your message rather than a proper contextual explanation of the verses. This obviously is a wrong approach to bible reading and studying and thus will certainly lead to error, confusion, misinterpretation and misapplication of bible text. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with sound doctrine, and don’t get bored.
PRAYER: I declare that I stay focused as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: You can’t get the application of a bible text right when you got the interpretation wrong.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 15