“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: A route to misinterpretation can be tracked when a bible text is read in isolation of the surrounding text.

We have seen carefully by observing the book of Deuteronomy that Moses’ law was given specifically to the Jews who left Egypt for Canaan. They were referred to as:

  • Rebellious and stiff-necked people (Deuteronomy 31:9-27).
  • A faithless generation or a generation in who there is no faith (Deuteronomy 32:20).

Therefore, the law was given by Moses to them in order to guide their actions when they get to Canaan knowing they were stiff-necked and hardened (Deuteronomy 31:9-27; Matthew 19:3-8). Deuteronomy 32:20 echoes “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very forward generation, children in whom is no faith”. So, they were hardened towards the gospel; hence, he gave them the law. And thus, Deuteronomy 22:5 is an example of such law, let’s read it again and begin to observe closely, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God”.

Remember in the systematic reading rule where we also have the concept of context in it, we said you don’t read a verse in isolation of the surrounding verses. People read Deuteronomy 22:5 and a number of opinions are formed. These numbers of opinions are formed when words are lifted out of context. When you ignore the context and jerry-pick a verse of scripture to say what you want to say, then you will say what that verse is not saying. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Reading bible texts in isolation is a route to misinterpretation.


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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