“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 scripture is a vital rule to arrive at full understanding and communication of the message communicated by the author.
Just like you can’t systematically understand a whole book that you’ve not systematically read, you can’t systematically understand the whole bible if you haven’t systematically read the whole bible. The rule of systematically reading the bible is so vital that it is with this rule you will discover that a word, phrase or statement could be made in the book of Matthew for understanding, clarity or deep explanation of such statement is found in John. But how will you find the explanation of such statement in Matthew if you had not read down to John. Before we even start illustrating this rule by exploring it with bible text, I want us to recall “the Lord’s Prayer” analysis in Matthew 6 where we have Jesus mentioning “daily bread” in verse 11. Notice, the word “daily bread” is in verse 11 of Matthew 6, but the realization or clarity that the bread is a person (Jesus Christ) and not a bakery made bread is in John chapter 6. So, what if we just stopped at Matthew 6:11 without systematically reading the bible up till John chapter 6? We wouldn’t have come to this realization, understanding, explanation and deduction.
It thus applies that in explaining Matthew 6:11 which we did last month, the rule of systematic reading and interpretation gave us an edge in arriving at the climax of understanding of that text. The bible must be systematically read. How do you start to read the book of Matthew from chapter 7, the six chapters you have skipped is for whom? How do you start to read the book of Romans from chapter 5, the four chapters you have skipped is for whom? Be systematic in your reading of the bible. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t read the bible in skips, read it systematically.
PRAYER: I diligently and carefully read my bible now more than ever, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: A systematic bible study equips in proper interpretation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 6