“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: The very light of God who is Jesus gave birth to you, so you are a child of light.
There is a law in bible reading and interpretation called the law of contextual reading and the law of historical analysis. In bible reading, you don’t read a verse in isolation; you read a verse of scripture in context. Moreover, if a verse or text of scripture points you back to the scripture preceding it, you go back and read again for historical analysis. The wrong impression and interpretation many has given to Isaiah 60 is due to negligence of the above rules. Hence, many have picked verse 1 and 3 of Isaiah and preach about talents. In the minds of many, what they think is when Isaiah said “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising”, they think it’s about kings coming to the brightness of your gifts, talents and endowment. Hence, in their minds, arising and shining there is manifesting your God’s given gifts and potentials upon which you will stand before kings because they will come to the brightness of your rising. And to back this up, they will go to Proverbs 22:29 to validate their point, which reads “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men”. And they’ll say things like, until you arise and shine that your God’s given potential, kings will not come to the brightness of your rising; you will not stand before kings.
The above interpretation is not just wrong but illegal and moral. This is because if the “light” and “kings coming to the brightness of your rising” in Isaiah 60 is about talents and potentials, then what about the darkness in verse 2? Will the darkness in verse 2 be the absence of talents and potentials, since light is the absence of darkness? But when Isaiah 60 is read in context, and further read into the New Testament where we have the explanation of the Old Testament, and read backwards into Genesis 1 where we have the historical analysis of Isaiah 60:1-5, it would be observed that “the light that came” in the prophecy of Isaiah is the person of Jesus who came in the incarnation, and upon resurrection, he infused his very self into us making us children of light. Thus, Jesus is the light in Isaiah 60; and by implication we are the lights because we are found in him. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with the study.
CONFESSION: I affirm that I am a child of light because I have been begotten by the father of light. Glory!
QUOTE: You are a light custodian and a light dispenser.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1