Daily Devotion Wednesday, July 10

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Psalm 132; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Acts 10:1-16 and Luke 24:13-35

Luke 24:13-35 – 13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

How wonderful it would be to have our Lord, Jesus, interpret to us the things about himself in all the scriptures. How wonderful it would be to hear this from his very own lips. I do think as we read through the Old Testament, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the good news of Jesus Christ we can and do get glimpses of the things he shared with Cleopas and the other. What do you think Jesus may have shared with them? What do you think he may have revealed unto them?

I believe he probably pointed out passages from Isaiah pertaining to the suffering servant: 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 40:4-9 and 52:13-53:12. He may have shared with them Psalm 22 which begins; “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” We’ll never really be sure but this we can know he appeared to these two and revealed unto them that he was risen and was the promised Christ, messiah of God.

Do you want to have a similar experience? Going to scripture, Old and New Testament, asking God to reveal himself and his ways to you is an important part of experiencing and sensing the one who died, rose and appeared to his disciples. So, go to God’s word with openness to sensing the risen Christ. This is a good first step.

O Christ, I give thanks that you revealed your risen self to these two and that through them you reveal yourself even unto us. Each day, keep us open to sensing your presence, your goodness in all about us, in others and especially through your word given unto us. Thanks be to you the risen Christ. Amen.

Once we finish these readings from Luke, I’ve decided that along with the regular daily readings from the Old and New Testaments, I want to take a walk through the book of Psalms. I’ll begin with Psalm 1 and simply progress through them. Some days, I’ll only use a portion of one because some such as Psalm 119 can be pretty long. Others are very short. I don’t plan to comment on each one, but will have comments/reflections to share on some of them.

God’s blessings upon your day and mine as we seek to grow in our knowledge and love of God.

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