“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: Abiding by the laws of interpretation is a safe way to arriving at proper bible interpretation.
Having looked at the rule of interpretation of literal and figurative expression, and having illustrated it with texts of scriptures; let’s proceed to another rule of interpretation which is “the corroborative law of interpretation”. Before we proceed to analysing the corroborative law of interpretation, lets conclusively state what is vital about the law of literal and figurative expression in bible interpretation and reading. In the law of interpreting literal or figurative expression, what can be stated is thus, “In bible reading and interpretation, the literal should be taken as literal and the figurative should be taken as figurative”.
The instance one makes a literal statement figurative or vice versa, one deviates from the meaning of the statement.
Hence, one must read carefully to see if the words, phrases or sentences in view are used literally or figuratively.
Another name for the corroboration rule is the law of double mention. We are going to examine the corroboration rule alongside another rule of interpretation called the law of single mention. Whereas the corroboration law which we will see is a safe way to establish bible doctrine (that is, bible teaching); a doctrine cannot be established with the single mention rule. Let’s quickly ask and answer what we mean by the law of single mention before we proceed. By the law of single mention, we mean that a text is mentioned only once in the entire bible. One has to be careful with texts that fall under this principle as a doctrine cannot take its authority from such a verse. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: In interpretation of bible texts, learn to abide by its laws.
PRAYER: I submit to the rule of bible interpretation as I give myself to the study of your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Proper bible interpretation is made possible by obedience to the laws of bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 14; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15