“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: Let’s be cautious while handling bible texts so as not to give an interpretation that wasn’t intended by the author.

Having given a simple explanation of the two laws we are on presently which are: the corroboration rule or the law of double mention and the law of single mention, we proceeded to illustrating them as we pay attention to Revelation 5:5 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”. But the question is, is Jesus actually the lion of the tribe of Judah?

Outside Revelation 5:5, all through the entire New Testament texts, there is no other text that Jesus is being referred to as the lion of the tribe of Judah. Revelation 5:5 is the only text in the entire bible that seems to present him as such. So, applying the rule of interpretation, this text falls under the single mention rule; that is, the law of single mention. Recall, you don’t establish a bible doctrine or concept based on a single mention of such concept. Hence, Revelation 5:5 holds no weight to refer to Jesus as the lion of the tribe of Judah, why? This is because it has no corroboration; no other bible text exists that attests to that fact. If you call Jesus the lion of the tribe of Judah because of Revelation 5:5 or because his lineage can be traced to Judae, which makes you think a lion can be used to describe Jesus, then you have failed in bible interpretation. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Begin to pay more attention to your study.

PRAYER: I declare that there is no confusion or argument in my mind; my mind is opened up to sound interpretation of your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Hasty study leads to wrong 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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