“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: Carefulness in paying attention to details is a hot bed for misinterpretation and misapplication of texts of the books of the bible.

Having subjected Revelation 5:5 to proper bible scrutiny, it’s clear that the statement, “the lion of the tribe of Judah” can’t become a doctrinal concept since it stands alone and doesn’t pass the rule of corroboration in bible interpretation. However, let’s begin to pay attention to the context of Revelation 5 and see what the emphasis was on, together with a body of scriptures for clarity. Recall, the statement “the lion of the tribe of Judah” in Revelation 5:5 came from one of the elders who in this instance was a Jew. In the next verse, a clearer explanation of that statement can be read, which says “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6).

John, the writer of the book rather referred to Jesus as the lamb of God as seen in verse 6. Let’s begin to buttress the fact that this was consistent in the same book. In Revelation 5:8, he says “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and twenty elders fell down before the LAMB, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints”. In verse 12 of Revelation 5, he says, “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive, power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing”. Verse 13 of Revelation 5 echoes “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb forever and ever”. Within verse 6 to verse 13, we have seen the law of emphatic mention (which is a corroboration law) being obvious in Jesus’ description as a lamb which was used four times in these verses. This does passes the test of bible doctrine and it thus sound doctrinally to refer to Jesus as “the lamb of God”, and not “the lion of the tribe of Judah”. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Read your bible carefully.

PRAYER: I receive understanding as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: The degree of your attention in bible reading will show the degree of your observation in bible reading.


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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