“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: Instead of giving private and personal interpretation of bible texts, find out the right interpretation.
Let us proceed to the second step called interpretation having explained observation elaborately in last month’s study. Let’s go back to an already stated fact about interpretation:
• In interpretation of bible text, a golden rule is that the bible can never mean what it never meant.
• One can only find out the right interpretation of a text, and not give his own personal interpretation of a text.
• It is what the author intended when he wrote it that will be the right interpretation.
• Out of the author’s intent is a pretext of interpreting your own intent.
Having looked at the above, we will proceed to the rules, laws and keys governing interpretation which are:
• Interpretation of literal or figurative expressions.
• The contextual rule of interpretation.
• The corroborative law of interpretation or law of double mention.
• Grammatical rule of interpretation or the law of etymology of words in interpretation.
• The Christological rule of bible reading and interpretation.
• The systematic rule of bible reading and interpretation; and others.
We started with the first rule or key of interpretation, which is “Interpretation of literal and figurative expressions”. We applied this rule to bible texts in an attempt to illustrate this rule. This rule was commonly applied in last month’s study to what is commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. And it was clear from that analysis that when Jesus used the word “daily bread” there, it was a figure of speech, and not a physical bread or food. Hence, Jesus points to himself in John 6 as that daily bread, the everlasting bread that last always. Jesus thus, in Matthew 6:11 must have been referring to himself. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Carefully study the bible.
PRAYER: I declare that I have capacity to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Patient reading erases misinterpretation of bible texts.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2