Luke 24:27 “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
They say the hindsight is 20/20.
To look back throughout the time of biblical history, we can place ourselves in the shoes of those who walked with Christ and possibly wonder, “What were they thinking?” Take these two, Cleopas and his companion, who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
Jesus hid from them so they could not see who He was, indeed. As they walked, they couldn’t help but relate the events of the day – from their perspective.
Then, in quite the turn of events, Jesus reveals a part of Himself as Teacher.
Luke 24:25-26 “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
Can you imagine the golden thread woven throughout scriptures told by the One who wrote it?
When Moses related the account of creation to the present day and every stop in between, Jesus recalled every scripture. In their day, they did not have the collection of books we call the Bible. Bits and pieces were scattered throughout the land.
Only the scribes may have had a partial collection of all the scriptures written till their present day. Much of what was known and taught in the temple was passed on by word of mouth. It was shared by all who had heard the reading from the vellum on which it was copied.
So, to hear Jesus tie together all they may have heard up until that time must have been thrilling. For one man to know all of what was written and relate it in such a way that would point to the most relevant event they had just witnessed must have been indescribable!
The power and presence of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s own divinity, and the faith that these two had made for an exciting Bible lesson! The day had worn on into the evening, and creature needs had to be met.
As they stopped for a meal, Cleopas and his companion did not just ask their guest to stay; they constrained Him. Webster’s tells us the definition of constraining:
CONSTRAINED, pp. Urged irresistibly or powerfully; compelled; forced; restrained; confined; bound; imprisoned; necessitated.
They would not, nor felt in their heart, they could not allow Him to leave. Then, as they shared their meal, their eyes were opened, and they saw Jesus for who He indeed was, the risen Savior!
Suddenly, He vanished. Emotion rises in me even now, thinking what that must have felt like!
Luke 24:32 “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
One of the attributes or characteristics of God’s presence while reading scripture is the burning of our hearts for the truth being read, taught, or preached. It ought to bother every child of God who does not experience that ‘burning’ at some point in their life.
Should it be missing or seem like a drought since you last felt it, there is a way to get it back again. We are given:
Luke 24:45 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”
It is God who opens the understanding of man to know His Word. Every saved child of God has the best Teacher, the Holy Spirit, within them to reveal the truth.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
He not only teaches but guides us to know the truth.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Wisdom is God-knowledge or seeing things the way God intended.
Understanding is the application.
Far too often, we become satisfied with head knowledge and do not seek to understand or apply it to our life. God warns us what much knowledge can do:
1 Corinthians 8:1 “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
Another definition of charity is “love in action.”
It should be the prayer of every child of God to ask for understanding. It is not a switch that God flips and “poof,” we have understanding. We need to always ask and continually understand what we read, what we hear, and how to apply it to our lives.
It is something God gives to us. Proverbs admonish us as well.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
So, when our hearts burn with truth, we must ask to understand how to apply what we have learned. That way, God is glorified by what He does in and through us!