Opening Our Understanding

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.  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Luke 24:44-45

When Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples, they were “terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.”  They had seen Jesus nailed to the cross and crucified.  They had watched Him die.  And now, all of a sudden, there He was in the middle of them, talking to them.  That would probably scare just about anybody.

After getting over their initial shock, He reminded them of words that He had given them when He was with them.  He reminded them of all of the things written about Him in the Old Testament – in the law, the Psalms and the prophets.  He had told them of all of these things before.  He had shown them the prophecies and had tried to explain to them exactly what would happen.  But they had not understood it before then.

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.”  That is the key to anybody understanding the Scriptures.  In order to understand anything in the Bible, our spiritual eyes have to be opened by the Lord.  As it says in I Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”  The key to understanding the Scripture is having the One who wrote it explain it to you.

When we come across a passage we don’t understand, let us pray that He would open our understanding of it.  There are some passages that we might not need to understand.  But the one Who authored the Book can and will open our understanding if we will allow Him to.

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