“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: The bible in our hands is such a book that in your reading of it; you can ascend and descend or read it forward and backward.
The rule of systematic bible reading and interpretation is so important that in previous study, we tracked how that rule gave us an edge in rightly arriving at the deduction that the “daily bread” of Matthew 6:11was the person of Jesus as made clear in John chapter 6. So, the bible must be read systematically. A chapter or verse in the book of Matthew could find its clear explanation in the book of Ephesians or John. A verse in 1Corinthians could find a detailed explanation in the book of Romans. The bible is such that you can read forward and backward; you can read it forward systematically and backwards if what is read systematically forward can be traced.
The bible is such that in your reading of it, if you for instance find a chapter or verse where the background or reference text is lamentations, then you must go back to the book of Lamentation and read the whole Lamentation. If you find a chapter or verse in Ephesians where Genesis is the undertone text, then you must go back to read the whole book of Genesis; and in doing that you will track what you read in Ephesians in Genesis, and will be able to have a background understanding of what is in Ephesians that is in Genesis. In that way, you will see that chapter or verse of Ephesians as an Ephesians of Genesis; letting you know that the book of Ephesians is not a stand alone; Paul did not get his own special revelation from the sky. Hear this: The Old Testament and the New Testament can either stand together or fall together. If you invalidate the Old Testament because you have the New Testament, you’ve equally invalidated the New Testament.
- The four gospels (Matthew to John) without the Old Testament, makes no sense.
- The book of Acts without the four gospels and the Old Testament makes no sense.
- The epistles (Romans to Revelation) without the book of Acts, the four gospels and the Old Testament, make no sense. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Systematically read the bible to systematically understand the message.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2