“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 kind of questions you ask in the place of observation shows the degree of attention you’ve given to the material being read.

From the analysis we’ve done so far it’s very clear that asking these questions are critical. The last set of questions we saw was: What does the text of the bible say or what is the content? Is it poetry or a figure of speech? Further questions to ask on observation are the next set of questions below: when was it said? Where was it said? For instance, let’s examine the text below: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus told them to tarry in Jerusalem. In literal terms, anyone who wants to tarry would have to go to Jerusalem to do so. After asking the question: When was it said? Where was it said? The next question to ask is: Why was it said?

Let’s exemplify this questions using John 9:2-3 which reads “And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him”. Jesus answered the question, “who sinned?” by responding “…No man…” His next statement can be best understood by removing the verses and reading into the next verse. In essence, Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of him…” So the reason for the above statement was to let them know that the work of God is to heal. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: One hundred percent attention in the place of observation is vital for one hundred percent understanding.


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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