Friday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 24
25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

24:25 O foolish ones is a more precise translation than “O foolish men,” because the Greek text does not specify whether these were two men or a man and a woman (perhaps a husband and a wife) walking together.
24:26 Was it not necessary refers to the fact that the entire OT had shown how God brought his chosen leaders first through suffering and then to glory. Therefore the Messiah himself, in fulfillment of this extensive pattern and in fulfillment of many prophecies, would also first suffer before entering into his glory (see 9:22; cf. 24:44). This glory, foreshadowed in 9:32, comes at his resurrection and then more fully at his ascension into heaven (22:69; Acts 2:33; 7:55; 22:6–11; Phil. 2:8–11; Heb. 1:3).
24:27 Moses and all the Prophets refers to the entire OT, also summarized as all the Scriptures. Jesus explained to them how not only the explicit prophecies about the Messiah but also the historical patterns of God’s activity again and again throughout the OT looked forward to Jesus himself. 

Study Questions:

  • At The City, we developed a tool to help all of us remember WHY we believe what we believe. We think it's important for us to be able to have reasonable answers to questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, and why we choose to follow him. Most people, even faithful believers, think faith is something that you just have to take blindly. But we can have the assurance of knowing that the things we believe are actually rooted in reasonable and historical evidence. Have you ever given much thought to your faith and why you believe the things you do? Wouldn't you like to be able to articulate your reasons for your faith beyond, "I believe because that was what I was taught?"

  • This week's City 7 is #6... "Is the Bible God’s word? Jesus proved He is God by rising from the dead and said the Old Testament was God’s word and gave authority to the Apostles to write the words of the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit so that all the words of the Bible are God’s Word." Everything we believe comes back to Jesus' resurrection. If he didn't rise, then all of this is pretty pointless. Jesus' resurrection proves he is God. He, himself, quoted from Old Testament Scriptures, giving them validity, and gave authority to the apostles to write more Scripture. So we can trust that the Bible is God's Word. So to disobey the Bible is to disobey or disbelieve God himself. This is why his Word is the only ultimate truth and should be our authority on any given subject, regardless of what we think or how we feel. Can you truly say that God's Word is your source of truth? Are your opinions, beliefs and political platforms based solely on the truth of his Word? Where might you be out of line?

Pray:

  • That you would strive to know why you believe the things you believe.
  • That your life would be built on the truth of God's Word.

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