A prayer for the Boston bomb victims. Lord have mercy. Comfort the wounded, the grieving, and the despairing. The grace and peace of The Lord be with you. [Sunrise photo April 16 2013]

A prayer for the Boston bomb victims. Lord have mercy. Comfort the wounded, the grieving, and the despairing. The grace and peace of The Lord be with you. [Sunrise photo April 16 2013]

Day 16 Moses and the Prophets

Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him. Luke 24:27

If I ever start a garage rock band I’m gonna name it : Moses and The Prophets. [Drummer: Ba-dum ching!]

But seriously folks ….

Luke records four appearances of Jesus: to Peter, to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, to the apostles as a group, and again to the apostles at his ascension. All of them took place in Jerusalem or its neighborhood. (Reformed Commentary)

Luke 24:27 has tremendous impact on me. Here, finally, the mystery of all this bible stuff is revealed.

I imagine one of the scriptures Jesus explains is Deuteronomy 6. This contains The Shema,  the passage Jesus prescribes as the first and greatest commandment, sometimes paraphrased as “Love God, love people”.

Remember God!

Deuteronomy 6 further commands God worshipers to be diligent to remember His ways and follow His principles for right living

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. Deuteronomy 8:6-9 MSG

Connecting the dots

The Torah, the Psalms, the Prophets major and minor – finally it’s all explained how it works together.

Jesus connects the dots.

From the beginning of the creation story there are clues given to God’s plan for His rescue mission. The Jewish book of God’s story is full of promises, predictions and foretelling of a coming savior. But you have to read between the lines to really get it.

Not anymore.

Plain talk.

Resurrection Jesus is done with parables and metaphorical illustrations. He is no longer a mere mortal speaking, He is the Son of God, risen from the dead!

Now his claims made perfectly good sense.

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.  Matthew 5:17

Everything comes together through Jesus.

Word and Spirit work together

In the Emmaus Road  story we see two truths come together.

First, the presence of Jesus opens up the intellect through the Word (“their eyes were opened”).

Second,  His Spirit stirs the emotions (“our hearts were burning”).

Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see You. Paul Baloche.

Let’s Pray:

I invite you to pray with me today.

“Jesus open my mind to the truth of Your word. Stir my heart with passion for Your presence and Your ways. May your word and spirit come together in my life. Make me an instrument of Your peace.  May Your kingdom come, and Your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”

How firm a foundation!

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

Words: From A Se­lect­ion of Hymns from the Best Au­thors, by John Rip­pon, 1787; at­trib­ut­ed var­i­ous­ly to John Keene, Kirk­ham, and John Keith.

About This Devotional Series

According to the historical church calendar, the Easter season is the 50 day period from Resurrection Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.  I’ll post a fresh devotional thought with my sunrise photo of that morning, everyday through Pentecost, commenting as the Spirit inspires. Check out the rest of the series here.

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