O fools, slow of heart!
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
"O fools, slow of heart!"
These are among the last words Jesus Christ spoke before He left us as man to ascend to the Father; even today if He personally meets us I am sure He will speak these same words to us.
The biggest problem for me when it comes to teaching people the Bible is to explain the Old Testament is not Old but all about Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, what all that They spoke and did as written in the New Testament or will do.
People think the Old Testament is about violence and things not associated with Jesus so should not be considered.
What the Jews and the Israelite did and what the Lord commanded of them was never in line, for they never understood it. If you see when the Jews accused Jesus of breaking the Law of Moses, Jesus answered them that even though they did all those practises, they still did not keep the Law of Moses. The Jews had a book much fatter than the Torah on just the topic Sabbath, yet they did not understand the ABC of the Sabbath.
When I came to the Lord and when the Lord started teaching me, I actually understood more of Him from the Old Testament than the New Testament. It surprises people when I share with them that the words Jesus spoke in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke were the same which the Lord spoke to Moses and the Prophets. It is people without wisdom who do not understand them. This wisdom is not something which any person can take credit for, but is the wisdom which the Lord gives.
We people are fools without doubt for we think we know and therefore do not ask of the Lord for wisdom to understand His instructions. Before I used to be eager to hear the famous preachers on God Channel and other Christian TV channels but as I started to understand the scriptures more and more, I realized I could hardly find people who really gave the Word on them. They all preach a popularity Gospel which pleased people, many a times it was either just baby food or another Gospel and not what Jesus or the Apostles preached. When they started they did preach the Word but when they got tuned to the people, they got more into controlling and pleasing people than letting the Holy Spirit do the work. They try to help God in His work and not let the Lord help them to do His work.
Yesterday I was happy to hear a preacher from a well-known international ministry was preaching in Mumbai on the harmony of scriptures between the Old and New Testament. Someone who attended it was testifying how zapped he was when the preacher linked scriptures from the Old and the New Testament.
Among the first things that Satan the Beast did was to get the early church to break the Word into the Old and New Testament. And now it is time we need to bring it back to one Word for our God is not one a God Who speaks in two tongues.
When I started learning from the Lord I knew the only way to learn is to first empty out all that I knew so that I could be filled with His Knowledge and His understanding. So let us all remove all the human teaching we are filled with and sit with the Lord to learn from Him.
We did need people to teach us to a stage so as to bring us unto Him, now that we know Him let us learn from Him. Even Jesus who was perfect in His understanding still did not try to continue teaching His disciples but handed His disciples unto the Holy Spirit to be taught and be led by Him. It was the Holy Spirit Who really opened their minds to know Jesus and the scriptures.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Holy Spirit, You alone are the Rock on which we are founded and on which we will not be shaken. Father, You are the giver of wisdom and knowledge and have always desire to give them unto those who asked for them. You have hidden these from those who are wise in worldly things. People do not know You not because they cannot but because they are lost in this world of vanity and their hearts are harden with lust and sins. Lord, we pray You work in the hearts of your people and bring them into your light, it is time You bring them out of this vanity like You delivered Israel from Egypt...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
44 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.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
John 1:45 - Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
Mark 12:24 - And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
John 7:19a - Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law?...
John 5:39 - Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Acts 28:23 - And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
1 Corinthians 9:9 - For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
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