JESUS IN ALL THE EARTH (39)

“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 you read with zero percent observation, it shows the reading is lacking attention, since attention will drive observation.

Still exploring on the key steps a student of the scriptures must keep in mind while embarking on a thorough bible study, we said that this three vital steps are observation, interpretation and application. Still looking at observation, we’ve said emphatically that a student of the scripture must be one who pays attention to the finest of details. In fact, reading in its proper sense is observation. Observation in reading makes the difference between a deep reader and a shallow reader. Zero percent observation in reading is no reading at all. Reading or deep reading starts when observation starts and stops when observation stops. We’ve said that you cannot interpret or study what you assume or think was there; observation in bible study is therefore very essential. In explaining Genesis 3:4 which we used as an instance to illustrate observation, we however applied a critical rule which will be analysed as the study progresses; and this rule is the rule of systematic reading. Here in this rule, you’ve not read the entire bible in context until you’ve read the whole book together systematically.

The rule of systematic reading applies to the context of the whole bible; that is, reading the whole book together. The rule of pretext and post-text applies to explaining a scriptural text. With the rule of pretext and post-text, you can explain a particular verse, chapter or book of scripture, but that rule doesn’t support you with the context of the whole bible until you have read the whole bible. So, pretext and post-text can be thus advanced to systematic bible reading if considering reading the bible itself in context. This will become clearer as we will begin to apply the systematic reading approach as the study advances. Back to observation; we’ve seen that in answering the question of who said what in Genesis 3:4, the epistles help us to identify this personality (2Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 20:2). In that scenario, it is clear that it wasn’t God speaking, neither was it a snake speaking but Satan speaking. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never try to interpret a text of scriptures you have not properly read.

PRAYER: I declare that my eyes of understanding are sharpened, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

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QUOTE: What you don’t observe critically while reading, you can’t interpret carefully while explaining or teaching.

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DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11; EVENING: REVELATION CHAPTER 20

“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 you read with zero percent observation, it shows the reading is lacking attention, since attention will drive observation.

Still exploring on the key steps a student of the scriptures must keep in mind while embarking on a thorough bible study, we said that this three vital steps are observation, interpretation and application. Still looking at observation, we’ve said emphatically that a student of the scripture must be one who pays attention to the finest of details. In fact, reading in its proper sense is observation. Observation in reading makes the difference between a deep reader and a shallow reader. Zero percent observation in reading is no reading at all. Reading or deep reading starts when observation starts and stops when observation stops. We’ve said that you cannot interpret or study what you assume or think was there; observation in bible study is therefore very essential. In explaining Genesis 3:4 which we used as an instance to illustrate observation, we however applied a critical rule which will be analysed as the study progresses; and this rule is the rule of systematic reading. Here in this rule, you’ve not read the entire bible in context until you’ve read the whole book together systematically.

The rule of systematic reading applies to the context of the whole bible; that is, reading the whole book together. The rule of pretext and post-text applies to explaining a scriptural text. With the rule of pretext and post-text, you can explain a particular verse, chapter or book of scripture, but that rule doesn’t support you with the context of the whole bible until you have read the whole bible. So, pretext and post-text can be thus advanced to systematic bible reading if considering reading the bible itself in context. This will become clearer as we will begin to apply the systematic reading approach as the study advances. Back to observation; we’ve seen that in answering the question of who said what in Genesis 3:4, the epistles help us to identify this personality (2Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 20:2). In that scenario, it is clear that it wasn’t God speaking, neither was it a snake speaking but Satan speaking. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never try to interpret a text of scriptures you have not properly read.

PRAYER: I declare that my eyes of understanding are sharpened, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: What you don’t observe critically while reading, you can’t interpret carefully while explaining or teaching.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11; EVENING: REVELATION CHAPTER 20

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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