“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: A text of scripture cannot mean what you want it to mean, it can only mean what it meant when it was first written.
In the course of this study, we got into exploring the vital steps a diligent student of the bible must take to cognizance in a thorough bible study; the steps are: observation, interpretation and application. Having explored observation, let’s proceed to interpretation. Looking at the reading and studying concept so far in this study, we’ve so far handled the interpretation concept to a point and will thus continue. If you’ve observed carefully, we’ve looked at the contextual rule of interpretation and the kai rule of bible interpretation. Let’s further take the interpretation step further and then quickly deduce facts about the application stage, before we proceed to examining the systematic rule of bible reading, study and interpretation. Apart from the above interpretation facts, we equally have:
- Interpretation of literal expressions.
- Interpretation of figurative expressions
- The corroborative rule of interpretation or the law of double mention in interpretation.
- The grammatical rule of interpretation (which is where we are going to examine the facts of bible language, or etymological words, etc.)
Let’s emphasize key facts about interpretation as we begin to take the study further. A golden rule in interpretation is that a text of scripture can never mean what it never meant. In fact, this is the nitty-gritty of the problem this study from last month intends to solve. No one has the right to give an interpretation or meaning to a text; one can only find out the interpretation of a text. The interpretation of a text must be what the author intended when he wrote it. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Pay keen attention as you continue to study through.
Prayer: I declare that revelation knowledge grows big on my inside till nothing else matter, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: Don’t make the scriptures say what you want it to say, say only what the scripture is saying.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3