“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: A systematic reading of the bible is one necessity in having a wholesome and comprehensive understanding of the bible.
We have established in the law of systematic reading and interpretation that the bible has its organized manner in which it was documented. Hence, reading this book in context will be to read the whole book in an organized manner. The chronology of its documentation should guide your chronology of reading it. How do you skip Genesis to Malachi, and start reading the four gospels (Matthew to John) and understand what you’re reading? It is impossible. It’s just like a Mathematics student who has no knowledge of Number line, linear equation, simultaneous equation, quadratic equation, powers and root, word problems, etc, and then wants to start reading correlation and retrogression or differential calculus. Such a mathematics student is on his way to failure.
How can you skipped Genesis and read Exodus, and want to understand Exodus without reading Genesis? You will just land in misunderstanding and misinterpretation. As we proceed, you will discover that even in how Jesus our Lord and Master read and taught the scriptures, he obeyed this systematic rule of reading, study, interpretation and explanation of bible text. Now, in your minds, imagine there is no Genesis to Malachi, that is, Genesis to Malachi is removed. And then you now open Matthew 1:1 and read, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”. I believe you will have so many questions running through your minds like: Who is David? Where did David come from? Who is Abraham? What about Jesus Christ? So, you will be left with unanswered questions. Therefore, the bible is written in such a manner that every single book is important. The New Testament book is not too important than the Old Testament books, neither is the Old Testament books too important than the New Testament books. They are to be read together. Just keep following the studies because as we keep studying through, you will discover that the context of the New Testament is the Old Testament; and that the Old Testament is the background of the New Testament while the New Testament is the foreground of the Old Testament. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Just keep studying patiently.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The context of the bible is the whole bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5