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As Yet They Did Not Understand the Scripture

April 20, 2014

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As Yet  They Did Not Understand  the Scripture

We all  have things  we simply  do not understand.     Anyone who denies that  is not being truthful.     Even the Bible scholars  and Jewish people  back in Jesus’ day  read many things  in the Old Testament  that they did not understand.     That did not keep them  from realizing  that all  of the Old Testament  is the word  of God  to each  and every one  of us.     They realized  that it contained  the truths  of God,  but because so much  was written as prophecy  —  the foretelling  of the future  —  they did not understand  what it really described.

That’s exactly  how things were  for Jesus’ followers.     They knew  Jesus was their Savior  and King,  but they didn’t really understand  His need  to die  —  and they did not understand  the resurrection.     So,  when they discovered  that Jesus’ body  was gone  from the tomb,  it was obvious  that Jesus’ dead body  was no longer there  and John 20:9 says,

For as yet  they did not understand the Scripture,  that He must rise again  from the dead.

As Jesus began appearing  to them  on many occasions,  He would explain  the Scriptures  to them  and their understanding grew.     Jesus’ followers  began understanding  the Old Testament Scriptures  in a much greater depth  than any  of the scribes  and Pharisees  of their day  —  even though they were ordinary people.     With Jesus  as their Teacher,  they grew greatly  in a strong  and true faith.

Learning  and knowing  Jesus  as Lord and God,  they became bold  in sharing God’s truths.     In Acts 2  we can read Peter’s  profound sermon  on Pentecost Day.     He had been  just a fisherman,  but he became  a fisher  of men  as he opened up the Scriptures  for people  to understand  the salvation  they could have  in Christ Jesus.     To help  the people understand Jesus’ resurrection,  Peter quoted Psalm 16  in Acts 2:26-27,

Therefore My heart  was glad  and My tongue exulted;
Moreover My flesh  also will abide  in hope;
Because You will not abandon  My soul  to Hades,
Nor allow  Your Holy One  to undergo decay.

Peter  knowledgeably  explained  to the people  that King David,  who wrote Psalm 16,  died and decayed  in his tomb.     But,  David was prophesying about our Savior,  Jesus.     Jesus’ dead body  did not  undergo decay.     Rather,  Jesus’ body  was resurrected  to prove  to everyone  that Jesus truly is both our Lord  and our Redeemer.     Jesus has the authority  and power  to take away  all our sins  and grant us eternal life  in heaven.

That’s  a lot  to grasp  —  especially  as we face  our day-to-day  struggles.     Nevertheless,  it is verified truth  that we can trust  and hold onto  every day  until we meet  our Savior  face-to-face.

As we study  and learn  God’s truths  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  now our hearts can rest  in Your work  for us.     Let our lives  grow in understanding  and  glorify You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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