“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: Read with rapt attention because that’s the proof of observation in the place of reading; and observation in the place of reading is reading itself.

In explaining Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:3-8 where Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 1:24 was referenced, we deduced from Paul’s word in Ephesians 5:30-32 that the communication in Genesis was more of spiritual than physical. It was about God’s union with the church (marriage). And thus, marriage in the Genesis account was used as a metaphor to teach salvation. Salvation is marriage; God’s marriage with his wife (that is, the church). It is in this marriage that there is no divorce and physical marriage was to mirror this. However, men’s unbelief to this spiritual truth is what they demonstrated physically as divorce.

In essence, Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was their unbelief to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. That physical divorce instituted in Deuteronomy 24 was Moses’ way of permitting them to demonstrate their unbelief to the spiritual truth of Genesis in a physical manner within the conduit of the marital institution. In essence,

  • Salvation was taught in Genesis as marriage (where God cannot divorce his wife).
  • Unbelief to that salvation which was taught as marriage was demonstrated physical as divorce in the marital institution.

How do we know that unbelief was the reason Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was instituted? We know it because in the same context of Matthew 19, Jesus’ words in verse 8 makes it clear, it reads “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put you’re your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be observant as you keep studying.

Prayer: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Diligence in the place of bible study cannot be overemphasized.


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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