“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: You have to read the bible in its entirety to get the totality of the message communicated therein.

We’ve seen clearly from Jesus’ words in Luke 24 that he must have read and taught from the scriptures systematically. Don’t forget that as far as the law of systematic reading is concerned, the context of the whole bible is the whole bible itself. Also take note of this vital information as far as the law of systematic reading or interpretation and explanation is concerned: This law can also in another context mean an examination of subjects in the bible in an organized and detailed manner everywhere it was explained. For example, the practice of tongues in the book of Acts is properly explained in 1Corinthians 12 and 1Corinthians 14. An eye witness account (the book of Acts) therefore cannot be used as a stand-alone on the subject of tongues; and equally cannot be used as a basis of bible interpretation on any subject. It can be referred to, but must not be used alone to build doctrine.

That said; don’t forget that Jesus is our perfect example of systematic reading and interpretation. His words again in Luke 24 reads, “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 these 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… And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Psalms concerning me” (Luke 24:25-27, 44). So, the chronology of bible reading Jesus followed was:

  • Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy) and
  • All the prophets (Joshua to Malachi). Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Let Jesus be your example.

PRAYER: I declare that I have insight into revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The Old Testament and the New Testament can either stand together or fall together.


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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