And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luk 24:44)
God had told Moses: The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; (Deu 18:15). Jesus was that prophet. For centuries, the Jewish people had been taught to look for the prophet that should appear among them. The prophecy was repeated in the writings of other prophets who followed Moses.
After Jesus was crucified and risen from the dead, Jesus appeared to two of His discouraged disciples who were walking along the road to Emmaus. Our text today enters the conversation that went on between them. Jesus quoted and explained to these two men, crucial texts of Scripture from Moses, the prophets and from the Psalms. All three categories of these Scriptures contained prophecies about the one who was to come. If we would understand Easter, we must understand that Easter is rooted in these Old Testament Scriptures located in the writings of Moses, the Prophets, and in the Psalms.
I have selected McGee’s comments to give body to our story for today.
“He began with Moses and the prophets. Moses and the prophets had spoken of Him. His death and resurrection had fulfilled their prophecies. I'd love to have been there that evening, listening to Him, wouldn't you? Christ says that there are two things which are essential to the understanding of the Word of God. They are simple but important. First, as verse Luk_24:25 indicates, we must have faith in the Bible. Christ said, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken." Pascal said, "Human knowledge must be understood to be believed, but divine knowledge must be believed to be understood."
“I think the Bible is a closed book to the critic and the infidel. He can learn a few facts, but he misses the message. On the other hand, some simple soul whose heart is turned in humble faith to God will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God. The eyes of his understanding will be opened. Great men of the past have come to the pages of Scripture for light and life in the hours of darkness or crisis. It is not smart to ridicule the Bible. The Lord said, "You are a fool not to believe it." I would rather lack sophistication and subtlety than to be a fool.
“Then the Lord says that the Bible can only be divinely understood. Human intellect is simply not enough to comprehend its truths. Verse Luk_24:45 tells us: "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures." Then in 1Co_2:14 Paul declares, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
“There are things that are above and beyond human comprehension, and only the Holy Spirit of God can make them real to us. Our prayer ought to be, "Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Word." We should come with a humble attitude to the Word of God. Just because you read the Bible does not mean that you know it. The Holy Spirit of God will have to make it real to you.” (McGee)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
APRIL 11, 2017 – TUESDAY
A.M. 1Sam 7--9 P.M. Luke: 13:1-21
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Memory Verse This Month:
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Act 2:36)
Song for Today:
Rescue the Perishing (3:49) – (Jacob Francis) (C.M.C. Southern Pines, NC)
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