UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (9)

“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: Your wrong interpretation of a bible text does not change the right interpretation which is the intended interpretation of the author.

We traced the words of the Pharisees back to Deuteronomy 24:1-5 which they quoted out of context. But Jesus in his response took them back to the book of the beginning (that is Genesis) for context: Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Genesis 2:2 “Therefore shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”. Notice:

  • They quoted Deuteronomy 24:1-5 out of context and divorce was the outcome.
  • Jesus took them back to context in the book of the beginning and what we see is no divorce.

So, what is actually happening? They talked about divorce, but Jesus took them back to the plan of God and what we see is no divorce. Now, is it that Deuteronomy 24:1-5 is a contradiction to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24? How do we explain this? Let’s still systematically read into the epistles as we will see the explanation of Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 in Ephesians chapter 5. By doing this, we will be applying a law to be examined; it is the law or rule where we will state clearly that the Old Testament cannot be understood on its own without the New Testament. This will bring to the fore that the New Testament is the explanation of the Old Testament. Also, the Old Testament is concealed (it is a mystery) whereas the New Testament unveils the concealed scriptures (Old Testament). We will examine all these facts stated above under the law we will be referring to as the Christological law or rule of bible reading and interpretation. However, we will be looking for the explanation of Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:3-8 where Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 is referenced in Ephesians 5. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding open up now more than ever, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The popularity of a thing doesn’t make it the truth; truth is truth whether it is popular or not.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: REVELATION CHAPTER 4 EVENING: REVELATION CHAPTER 5

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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