“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 route to misinterpreting scriptures could be easily tracked when a text or verse of scriptures is interpreted as a standalone.
We began investigating into these three facts, beginning at observation where we saw a couple of things vital in this concept. We began looking at the vital principles, rules, keys or laws governing interpretation of bible texts such as:
- The law of interpreting literal or figurative expression.
- The contextual law of interpretation.
- The corroboration law of bible interpretation or the law of double mention.
- The single mention law.
- Finally, we got into the systematic law of bible reading and interpretation; which is where we are picking up from.
Here in the law of systematic bible reading and interpretation, the concept of reading scriptures in context is advanced beyond pre-text and post-text into the reading of the whole book. That is, the whole bible read together is the whole bible read in context. We saw clearly from Luke 24:25-27 and verse 46 that Jesus himself was systematic in how he read and interpreted the scriptures. Jesus used the sequence below:
- Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy).
- And all the prophets (Joshua to Malachi).
Let’s look at this vital fact: The way the bible was documented by the authors was in such a way that it would have been very difficult to read out of context. In essence, the bible was not written in chapters and verses, but in paragraphs; because the authors intended that in your reading of it, you read the whole book together. However, chapters and verses were added by translators to aid reading which is good, but today many have used that as criteria to jerry pick verses of scriptures and ignore surrounding verses while reading. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You must read the whole bible together and systematically.
PRAYER: I receive enlightenment and insight as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Picking a verse and ignoring its surrounding verses births misinterpretation of scriptures.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3