“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: In a bid to establish bible doctrine, you can’t afford to omit the law of corroboration in bible interpretation.

In the law of single mention, we’ve said that a text is mentioned only once in the entire bible. One has to be very careful with texts that fall under this principle as a doctrine cannot take its authority from such a verse. The corroboration rule or the rule of corroborative evidence or the law of double mention is a rule in bible interpretation which is referred to as the compatibility rule. To properly explain this, you will ask, “Where else was this statement used?” The importance of this rule cannot be overemphasized; as a doctrine cannot be established in negligence of this rule. When analysing bible texts or explaining subjects taught in the bible, it is important that you corroborate while analysing.

To illustrate these two rules, we are going to pick a familiar text in the bible; a text which many have formed doctrines from, a text even sang in songs. We are going to analyse this text by applying the rules of interpretation; and the misconception many have about this text will be demystified and clarity will come to fore. Revelation 5:5 is the text which reads, “And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof”. He was referred to as “the lion of the tribe of Judah” here. From here, we have the notion that Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah; and in most of our songs, we imply same. But how true is this? Is Jesus actually the lion of the tribe of Judah? We will see as we study through. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Keep studying.

PRAYER: I declare that I receive understanding, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: In establishing a doctrine, you can’t neglect the law of corroboration in bible interpretation.


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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