“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 right interpretation of scripture should be of utmost importance to you instead of a twisted interpretation of the scripture.
In Luke 24, Jesus opens our eyes to this systematic rule of bible reading, teaching or interpretation. In Luke 24, Cleopas and one other were on their way to Emmaus, and on their way, they began to discuss about the event of the crucifixion of Jesus. How that a good guy like Jesus was being crucified? And while they were discussing this, Jesus himself had joined them unknowing to them. So, they were walking and talking about Jesus to Jesus and didn’t know it was Jesus. In verse 25 downwards where we are going to focus, Jesus said to them, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered this things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27).
At this point, it is important to note that: Though we are reading Luke 24:25-27, Jesus was reading this text because there was no book of Luke when he made this statement. The only material he had available to him at that point in time was the books of the bible referred to as the Old Testament. Hence, his words here were an explanation of the Old Testament books. Notice verse 27 which holds key to the law we are looking at. First, the word “expounded” was translated from the Greek word “diermeneuo”; it means to interpret. Observe the sequence of Jesus’ interpretation of the Old Testament writings:
- Beginning at Moses
- And all the prophets
What does this mean? And what does this tell us? Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be systematic in your reading of the bible.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the passion for a diligent study of your word increases in me now more than ever, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Reading the bible systematically can solve many bible interpretation problems.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 5; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 6