“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 not read the entire bible in details until you have read it in a systematic or organized order.

We have seen clearly from Luke 24:23-27 and verse 44 that Jesus was systematic in how he read and interpreted scriptures. Jesus always begins at:

  • Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy)
  • And all the prophets (Joshua to Malachi).

It suffices us to say without any doubt that Jesus began his bible reading at the beginning. And just like any book in life, if you don’t start from the beginning to read, you may run into confusion or you may not comprehensively get the message in context. This is because a preceding part or chapter of a book could be a fundamental or foundational ground to a proceeding chapter; and of course that will mean, if you skip that preceding chapter to read the proceeding chapter, you would have missed the context and thus, you will be reading out of context. It is just like opening your bible to read for the first time; and you begin your beginning from chapter 3 of Genesis without knowledge of chapter 1 and 2 of Genesis, you will obviously be left hanging, because you’ll be left with unanswered questions like:

  • Who is Adam?
  • Who is Eve?
  • Where did Adam and Eve come from?
  • Are Adam and Eve siblings or friends?

But if you had read chapter 1 and 2 of Genesis before reading chapter 3, you would have had the right context to reading chapter 3. Meaning, if you remove chapter 1 and 2 of Genesis and you begin reading at chapter 3, you will read out of context and into confusion. Chapter 3 will not make sense without chapter 2 and 1; chapter 2 will not make sense without chapter 1; chapter 4 will not make sense without chapter 3, chapter 2 and chapter 1; that is how you read your bible. How can you start your reading of John from chapter 3:16 when there is chapter 1 and 2. You must go back to read from where the chapters begun in order to get the author’s intent in a systematic manner. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: For detailed understanding of scriptures, be systematic in reading.

PRAYER: I declare that a good reading culture is birthed in me and grows in me like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Read the bible systematically and you’ve read it in detail.


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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