Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 01/15/2023
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Lord, Open Our Understanding!
“And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Lk. 24:45
How often have you used the phrase, “I believe that we have a misunderstanding”?
Understanding can be pared into two types:
Understanding the way things are; how things work.
Understanding people, and their intent.
In both cases God is the Author of true, accurate, and appropriate understanding.
Regarding the way things are, Ex. 31:1-6 tells the account of how God called Bezalel, and “filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.” vs. 3
They may have acquired some skills up to that point, but we must never forget Heb. 3:4, “For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.”
Prov. 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.”
When faced with situations, tasks or problems that seem to defy solution, this is the time to turn and ask the One who created all things. See Js. 1:5
I marvel at the ingenuity of man. I sometimes marvel at my own abilities, but so much more over the talents and abilities of others concerning that which I could never figure out apart from the grace of God.
This ingenuity is an act of, what is called, “common grace” weather the possessor of such admits it or not. It comes from somewhere, and we know that the source of all good is God.
See Js. 1:17
More tedious, at times, is the capacity to know, or understand. another person. This relies upon a confluence of factors including language, cultural framework, past encounters, and depth of relationship.
It is often life’s greatest joy to truly understand another person in all their complexity. We are truly, “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Imagine trying to figure out God. This is the effort of every false religion. Paul says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” Rom. 11:33
Apart from revelation, we fail terribly.
The Scriptures may lead the natural man into some practical wisdom in order to navigate life. This was the intent of the Law.
On the road to the village of Emmaus, two men, who knew the Scriptures, were walking, and talking, and trying to figure out what had just happened, when Jesus came along side and walked with them. In this encounter they heard some of the greatest preaching ever heard, but yet did not understand. They say, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Lk. 24:32
Pr. James Finn observes this pattern from this text:
“He took...He blessed...He broke…and He gave”
“Then their eyes were open and they knew Him” Lk. 24:30,31
Remember, the call to eternal life, from Jn. 17:3 is to, “know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
In all our interaction with God we should pray for revelation. Otherwise, we will be swept away by winds of false doctrine.
Jn. 16:13 says, “The Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.”
Wait for the taking, the blessing, the breaking,
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