“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: Most interpretation problems in bible explanation can be solved if the rule of systematic reading can be carried out.

We have said that the Old Testament and the New Testament can either stand together or fall together. The Old Testament is as important as the New Testament. So, the mindset that because we have the New Testament, the Old Testament is invalidated or outdated is one of the most erroneous mindset anyone can have. An invalidation of any is an invalidation of the other, since they either stand together or fall together. Let’s reiterate an important fact as we begin to take the study further:

  • The four gospels (Matthew to John) without the Old Testament do not make sense. It will leave you confused and with a lot of unanswered questions.
  • The book of Acts without the four gospels and the Old Testament does not make sense. It will also leave you confused and with a lot of unanswered questions.
  • The epistles without the book of Acts, the four gospels and the Old Testament do not make sense. It will equally leave you with a lot of unanswered question and in a state of confusion.

For instance, take away the books of the bible from Genesis up to Acts of the Apostles, and read from Romans; Romans 1:1 says “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ…” Of course you will have a lot of questions like: Who is Paul? Where did Paul come from? Can you now see why every book of scripture is important, and the importance the systematic reading of it plays in understanding and interpretation? Now, in our next study, we will begin to see if Jesus obeyed this systematic rule of reading, and then advance further into beginning to explore this rule with bible texts. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Keep Studying.

PRAYER: I declare that my understanding capacity is greatly increased as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Systematically reading the bible is a sure way to solving most interpretation problems.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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