“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: Don’t begin your reading of the bible from the middle; begin your reading of the bible from the beginning so as to get the message in a chronological order.
In our previous studies, we got into establishing another law of bible reading and interpretation which we are going to deeply explore and illustrate with bible texts. It is the law of systematic reading and interpretation. Just like we said previously, the bible has its systematic order it was documented; it has its sequence or chronological order of documentation. In the arrangement for instance, it is not Exodus before Genesis, it is Genesis before Exodus; it is not Ephesians before Genesis; it is Genesis before Ephesians. If the whole book called the bible which was written in such systematic order is read in that systematic order, then a lot of misinterpretations of bible texts will be avoided; and the attitude of quoting texts of scriptures out of context will be reduced or diminished. Let’s make it a bid clearer. Imagine grasping any kind of book to read; be it spiritual, academic or any book of its kind; and you start reading the book from the middle. That is, you ignored reading the book from its beginning, and you begin your reading by skipping half of its content, it will not be possible to get a wholesome comprehension of the message or information conveyed or communicated in such a book.
Imagine an SS1 Student for example who a Mathematics textbook is bought for. And this textbook has over 23 chapters written in the book; from the simplest concepts to the hardest concept. And the SS1 student ignores half the chapters of the book which he has no knowledge about, and then begins reading at chapter 13 (after ignoring 12 chapters he knows nothing about), such a student will just be left hanging in the air. The same thing applies to the bible. How will you read Exodus while you haven’t read Genesis and you wish to understand Exodus? How will you skip Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and then begin your reading from Joshua, and you wish to understand the bible in context? Some in the Christian world have not read an Old Testament text before. They begin their reading from Ephesians, not knowing that the person who wrote the book of Ephesians did not read the book of Ephesians to write the book of Ephesians; but the material that was available to him from which he wrote the book of Ephesians was the Old Testament. It has a sequence it was written, you must read it in that sequence. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Read your bible in an organized order.
PRAYER: I declare that I am diligent in the place of study, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Read your bible carefully and systematically.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4