Luke- Week 26- Day 2

(44)  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.
(45)  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Luke 24:44-45

Explanation:

After Jesus showed them his physical body and let the experience seeing him eat and drink, He pointed to His Word for confirmation of what they experienced. He speaks to two sources of revelation to which they would be a witness.

First, He called them to remember the Word He had spoken to them.

Jesus had predicted His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus had even told them the reason for which He would die and rise again.

(21)  And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; (22)  Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

Luke 9:21-22

(31)  And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Mark 8:31-33

Some of these apostles would be instrumental in writing down Jesus’ prophecy concerning Himself and much more.

Secondly, He called them to understand the Word He had written, by the Spirit, in “Moses”, “the Prophet”, and “the psalms”.

The term “Moses” here was a reference to the Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible written by Moses. The term “the prophets” was a reference to the rest of the Bible not including the last category termed “the Psalms. He was saying that all of the then written revelation of God, the scriptures, pointed to Himself! The Bible is about Jesus! And look at that wonderful phrase about what happened next in verse 45.

(45)  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Talk about an incredible Bible study! Like He had done on the road to Emmaus, Jesus walked through the scriptures and showed Him that the Bible pointed to them. It’s as if they had all of these blanks in their own minds regarding the Old Testament, and once Jesus rose again, all of the blanks begin to be filled in. 

Can you imagine when he took them to Isaiah 53 or Psalm 22 and they thought, “I saw that come true.  I was there!”  Incredible. These disciples were a witness to the resurrected work of God, and to the inspired Word of God.

Application:

Discipleship cannot happen apart from the Word of God. Jesus is the Word. Jesus wrote the Word. Jesus taught the Word. Jesus passed the word on to His disciples. He told His Father in that prayer in the garden, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” (John 17:6).

Response:

What is your relationship with the Word of God today?

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