“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 was systematically written for you to systematically read so as to systematically understand what has been systematically communicated.

Having gotten into the law of systematic reading and interpretation of scriptures, we are beginning to get a route on how the bible ought to be read and studied. Just like any book in life must be systematically studied if it must be understood wholesomely; the bible also demands a systematic method of study for the message therein to be understood wholesomely. You are in the right route to interpreting scriptures correctly if you give it a systematic approach of study. Inversely, you are in the route to interpreting scriptures incorrectly if there is no systematic approach in your study of it. If you ponder carefully, you will observe that the rule of systematic reading and interpretation carries with it the rule or concept or law of:

  • Context
  • Corroboration

You will not rightly corroborate if you haven’t read systematically. And you cannot read in context if you’ve not read systematically. Just like out of context is a pretext for a proof text, out of systematic reading is a pre-text for out of context. Take note: The bible in its originals (before it was translated by translators) was written in such a way that it would have been very difficult to read out of context. The bible originally was not was written in chapters, neither were there verses for you to say verse 1 says this or that. The bible was written in paragraphs. This is because the authors of scriptures wanted us all to read the scriptures together. Chapters and verses however were later brought in by translators to aid reading, that is, to make reading easier. Even though many have used this privilege by translators a hot bed to read scriptures out of context, they jerry pick the verses they want and then ignore the surrounding verses of the verse they pick; that attitude is the mother of errors. The bible was systematically organized for you to read it systematically. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Never jerry-pick verses of scripture.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Systematically read to systematically understand what have been systematically communicated.


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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