“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: Your skillfulness in bible interpretation will be seen in how you handle texts of the books of the bible.
From the analysis so far, we’ve come to establish that the New Testament writers used the word “lion” for persecution. In 1Kings 13, a lion killed a prophet, and in 1Samuel 17, a lion took a lamb from David’s flock. So the Old Testament narratives did not paint a lion in a good light. As we’ve said, Jesus’ kingdom is not a violent one. Observe Hebrews 2:14-15, “For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”. He defeated death by laying down his life. Romans 8:32 says “He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” The word “spare” means he did not hold unto him; he gave him up.
1Peter 2:21-24 echoes similar truth; Jesus’ kingdom therefore is not a violent one; hence, the need for the correction of the statement “the lion of the tribe of Judah” which came up in the book of Revelation. The correction shows he is a lamb, not a lion: “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and 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). He was not called a lion here, but a lamb. Revelation 5:8-9 reads “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four 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. And they sung a new song, saying, thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”. Again, he is referred to as a lamb not a lion. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be careful with how you handle bible texts.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are sharpened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: How you handle texts of scriptures will reveal your level of understanding of bible interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 52; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53