“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 the scriptures with a high degree of carefulness and high degree of observation that will be revealed in how far you pay attention to details.
Deuteronomy 22:5 is the text we are applying in bible interpretation rule to bring to the spotlight; it reads “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”. You do not read a bible text in negligence of the surrounding text. The life of a verse of scripture is in the surrounding verse, and so by reading a verse of scripture as a standalone, you have killed that verse. The right interpretation of a text of scripture can easily be arrived at when the surrounding texts are read with it. So, when you neglect the surrounding context of a text, and jerry-pick a text out of the context reading it as a standalone, you have killed the verse. The life of a verse of scripture is within its context; once you take it out of its context, you have made it lifeless. It is the surroundings of a context of scriptures that gives the context life. So when many read a verse like this, they will pick it out ignoring contextual reading and systematic reading, and by doing this, they say what the verse or text is not saying or they form their opinion. Deuteronomy 22:5 is one of the most misinterpreted texts in the church world. In this scripture, it is assumed that:
- That which pertaineth to a woman will be a skirt (that is an assumption, and better still a misinterpretation).
- And that which pertaineth to a man will be trouser (that’s an assumption).
The above two opinions are an assumption, why? This is because skirts and trousers are not in that text. Moses did not mention all these; it is people who have read those dressing into that verse. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t read your opinions into the bible.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Read a verse of scripture within its surroundings.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 28; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31