“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: Contents learned plus thoughts directed to contents learned equals deep learning.
Under observation which we are still investigating, we’ve said that a student of the scripture will need to ask some questions: who wrote it? Or who said it? After the above questions are answered and the student knows who wrote it or said it, the next question that still comes under observation is: What was it talking about? Here, it is important to note that context is always important, because one can use a word in a paragraph and make use of the same word in another paragraph and have it mean something entirely different from the first instance. Hence, the need to ask the questions: Who was the statement about? To whom was it said? This bothers on the audience being addressed as at the time the statement was made. For instance in John 16:12, Jesus has this to say “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now”. The “you” in the text above cannot be referring to just any reader. He was speaking to those who were around him in his environment. In context, Jesus was referring to his disciples who did not have the Holy Ghost at that time. John 16:12 therefore cannot be referring to the believer today, why?
In Ephesians 1:13, Paul echoes “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise”. Today, we have the Holy Spirit, so what they couldn’t bear or comprehend in John 16:12, we have the capacity to comprehend and understand. That’s why Paul even echoes in his epistle that “we have the mind of Christ”. Hence, the question: Who was this statement about? And to whom was it said? This is a critical question that must be asked if the context must be critically observed. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: In the place of observation, you must learn to ask the critical questions we’ve asked so far in this study.
PRAYER: I declare that I have a boiling zeal targeted towards the study of God’s word now more than ever, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Concept or content learned plus thoughts imposed on content learned equals to deep learning.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4