“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: To easily have an edge in understanding bible reading and interpretation, learn to read books of scriptures not in isolation but read it systematically.

We have seen previously as we began to apply the rule of interpretation to Revelation 5:5 that this text falls under the rule of single mention. The law of single mention states that, “A concept or doctrine cannot be established on the basis of single mention”. Hence, for a doctrine or concept to be established, the corroboration rule must be applied; maybe a double mention of such a concept or an emphatic mention of such concept. Looking at Revelation 5:5 under the rule of interpretation, it first fails the corroboration text and therefore, one cannot use it as a basis to refer to Jesus as the lion of the tribe of Judah; whether his root can be traced to Judae or not. This is because there is no other text of the scripture that uses a lion to describe Jesus.

Therefore, something must be happening to Revelation 5:5 text that demands our close attention; there could have thus been an error in whosoever referred to Jesus as a lion. However, let’s go through the bible to decipher what is going on. Revelation 5:5 says, “And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof”. Having now seen that this text falls under the law of single mention and fails to pass the test of the corroboration law, we will begin to observe this text carefully in context, with other texts of scriptures together and then bring to the fore if a lion could be used to describe Jesus. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Keep reading through.

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

QUOTE: The bible gets easily understood when systematically read.


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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