“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: Bible study demands careful attention and focused attention; you cannot read and interpret bible text in a hurry. 

We are applying the law of systematic reading to unbundling the words of Matthew 19:3-8. Recall, the words of the Pharisees in verse 3 and 7 could be traced back to Deuteronomy 24:1-5. Let’s again observe the words of Jesus in verse 4 to 6 and 8; then see the reference text in Genesis, and then systematically get to the clarity of Jesus’ words in Ephesians 5 where Paul brings the Genesis account under study to the spotlight. “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, for this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder… He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”.

Let’s observe Genesis 1:27 where Jesus quoted from in the first instance, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Then Genesis 2:24 which reads “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”. Where is the clarity of all these, so that we could see the difference between Deuteronomy 24:1-5 and Genesis 1:27 and 2:24? Paul in Ephesians 5 shows us what this Genesis account and Jesus’ words meant; it reads “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Foe this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:30-32). Did you get it? So it’s about Christ and his church. Whereas Deuteronomy 24:1-5 is where we have divorce being instituted, which was a literal (physical) divorce in a marital institution; however Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 where Jesus quoted from shows that in God’s plan, there is no divorce that was spiritual; that is, Christ and the church. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Pay attention to details while studying.

PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE: The bible is an intelligent material that demands a quality of intelligence in your reading and interpretation of it.


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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