“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 don’t interpret a text or verse of scripture as a standalone or interpret it in isolation of its surrounding verses.
The bible is such that you can read it forward and backward in the sense that while in your systematic reading of it, you can find an in-depth explanation or clarity of Matthew 6 in John 6. Hence, when you find an explanation of a text read earlier in a proceeding text or book of scripture, you must go back to read the earlier text again for your understanding and comprehension to open up in an in-depth manner. Also, if in our reading of the bible for example, we discover that Ephesians chapter 1 has Genesis on the undertone, we must go back to Genesis to read the undertone chapter or the entire Genesis. Also, the Old Testament and the New Testament can either stand together or fall together. Hence, in rightly and systematically placing the bible in context, take note:
- The context of the four gospels is the Old Testament.
- The context of the book of Acts is the four gospels (Matthew to John) and the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi).
- The context of the epistles (Romans to Revelation) is the book of Acts, the four gospels and the Old Testament.
- In the Old Testament, the context of Joshua to Malachi is Moses’ writing (Genesis to Deuteronomy).
Keep the above important facts in mind as the study continues to unfold. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Study through carefully and patiently.
PRAYER: I receive understanding as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The bible is a systematic material, systematically documented to be systematically read.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2