UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (25)

“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 bible which is a contextual material was contextually written to be contextually read by its readers.

Many read Deuteronomy 22:5 where we have the question as touching dressing, and in reading it, they read their opinions into it, and a number of opinions are formed because they read Deuteronomy 22:5 in isolation of the surrounding context. The two opinions in this scripture are assumptions because in that text of scripture, Moses never mentioned skirts and trousers. It is those reading it today that has read those dressing into that verse. Moses said that which pertaineth to a woman and that which pertaineth to a man without any specific classification. But reading your opinions and mindset will make you plug it out of its context, and that is an abuse of the intent of the author in that verse; because that verse has no trouser or skirt in it. But if we read it first without any pre-conceived opinion or notion, we will observe that there is no skirt or trouser mentioned there; this idea was added by men. This means that Moses’ audience was not thinking of skirt and trouser when they were given that instruction.

The unbelieving Jews were his audience. This instruction or law was given to those who did not believe the gospel. If you are a believer, do you know that law does not apply to you? By the law of application in bible interpretation, Deuteronomy 22:5 does not apply to the man in Christ; the believer is not one in whom there is no faith. So if you are a believer, by the law of application, skirt and trouser has nothing to do with your salvation. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

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

QUOTE: Read scriptures properly.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 4

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (24)

“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

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (23)

“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.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 32

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (22)

“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: Bible study is labourious and thus demands a diligent, consistent and painstaking approach in the study of it.

Having read Deuteronomy 5:1, 31, we’ve discovered that this instruction was given for the nation of Israel. For further emphasis, let’s observe Deuteronomy 6:1-4 which reads “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightiest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do [it]; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD”. He gave them the commandments to guide them when they get to Canaan. If you read Deuteronomy 31:9-27, this same fact is supported.

Thus, Moses wrote the law to specific people, the Jews. In previous studies, we answered the question of why Moses gave them the law; it was because of the hardness of their hearts; that is, unbelief towards a message/the gospel (Matthew 19:3-8). That’s why in verse 27 of Deuteronomy 31, Moses revealed that these people were rebellious and stiff-necked people. He called them in verse 20 of Deuteronomy 32 “Children in whom is no faith”. So Moses’ law was specifically given to those Jews who left Egypt for Canaan (Deuteronomy 28:1). Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Keep studying with close observation.

PRAYER: I receive understanding as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Be diligent in the place of study.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 32

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (21)

“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 book called the bible demands critical observation to details in order to arrive at exactness in interpretation and application.

The Old Testament is one of those texts that have been misconstrued in the church world today. It is Deuteronomy 22:5, 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”. Moses gave the Israelites the law; He gave them the law to guide their actions. Let’s observe bible text critically to know whom Moses’ laws were given to, before we even open up Deuteronomy 22:5.

Chapter 5 of Deuteronomy echoes “And Moses called all Israel, and saith unto them; Hear O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them… But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it” (Deuteronomy 5:1, 31). So it was for the nation of Israel. He gave them the commandments to guide them when they get to Canaan. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.

PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The bible in our hands must be studied with careful observation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 6; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 6

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (20)

“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 revelation knowledge of God’s word is equated to proper bible interpretation.

Having carefully examined Matthew 19:3-8 by applying the rule of systematic reading where a body of texts listed below were examined:

  • Deuteronomy 24:1-5
  • Genesis 1:27; 2:24
  • Ephesians 5:30-32, etc.

It is therefore clear without doubt that the unbelief of the Jews was the reason for their request of divorcement (Deuteronomy 24:1-5) so as to physically demonstrate that unbelief to the spiritual reality which was God’s plan in the beginning. So their unbelief to God’s union with the church or man in Christ which is without divorce is why they demonstrated it in marriage physically as divorce. Don’t forget that marriage was used by Moses there in Genesis to communicate salvation; that is, God cannot divorce his wife (the church); which is also symbolic of salvation being eternal; an eternal union. In other words, just like a believer or the church cannot be divorced by Christ/God, then a believer cannot lose salvation.

In essence, divorce is possible with men within the marital institution; but with God and his church, divorce is impossible. And that is why loosing salvation as a believer is impossible. For a believer to lose salvation, then God has to divorce him for him. But salvation is an eternal union with God; and in this union it is impossible for him to divorce, hence once saved is eternally saved. Conclusively here on this particular investigation, even though they are reasons where even a believer can consider divorce in the physical marital institution (like cases of severe emotional abuse, physical abuse, etc), a believer is however supposed to mirror God in his or her marriage physically. However, what is good news in this analysis is that, we are in eternal union with God; and he can’t divorce us. We are in an inseparable union with God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be detailed in your place of study.

PRAYER: I grow in grace which is the knowledge of Christ now more than ever, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Revelation knowledge equals to proper bible interpretation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5

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