O foolish people slow of heart
Luke 24:27 -
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
After the women saw the tomb of Jesus empty they ran back and told the disciples of Jesus about it. They immediately came running to confirm what the women saw. As the two people who were walking towards Galilee spoke this to Jesus, Jesus got upset and told them 'O foolish men and slow of heart'. Jesus said that not only to them but all for they did not believe everything God said.
One may not find these insults very harsh in the English language but when we get into the Greek meanings we will understand how upset Jesus was.
The Greek word 'anoetos' translated as fool / foolish is the negative of the word Alpha which is used for God. This word does not really mean just an unintelligent person but means a person who ungodly or unlike God.
The Greek word 'bradus' translated as slow towards a heart / inner-man talks of the inner-being being inactive. It does not only specify a person that does not think. We need to understand our inner man is made of 5 parts. When we say mind we actually refer to two parts, one is our memory and the other is our thinking or the working table of our mind. The other 3 parts include our will, our senses which connect to our physical body and our conscience / discernment which connects to our spirit. So when Jesus said slow of heart He referred to all these parts not working or not been used properly. That means other than we not thinking, it means we do not remember all scriptures but pick and choose what pleases us. We do not put God and His Kingdom as the top agenda or seated on the throne of our hearts and keep some worldly desires over God. We do not use our senses well, like we see what we want to see and do not register what we do not want to see. We hear what we want to hear and show a deaf ear to the things we do not want to hear etc... It also means we do not discern things in our spirit.
It is very sad even after 2000years yet our Church lacks proper understanding of scriptures. It is not that God is not revealing the truth to people about His Kingdom. He does reveal the truth about His Kingdom to some who truly love His Word / Instructions, but the world does not want to hear them. They push them aside and like to hear things that bridge this world to the Kingdom of God, since they want to enjoy this world at the same time want eternal life. They do not like to hear things that tell them to reject the things of this world - the understandings of this world, the pleasures of the world and relationships of this world. They want to have 2 masters - the Lord and the pleasures of this world (money is a means of buying the pleasures of this world).
Today again the Lord is telling us Old Testament and New Testament does not mean the Old Word and the New Word. It does not mean everything or anything the Prophets wrote before Jesus is invalid. It just means before the invitation to Heaven via receiving of the Holy Spirit was only for a few and those who accepted and abided in the Holy Spirit saw the glory of God but after Jesus came the invitation went to all mankind and whosoever accepted could now see the glory of God by their faith in Jesus Christ, their receiving of the Holy Spirit and their abiding in His Instructions.
Let us not be ungodly people but be people who project their Father in Heaven (that nature which was manifested in the natural in Jesus Christ). Let us not be slow in heart but let us meditate on His Word day and night keeping Him and His Kingdom about all things and at the same time use our senses effectively, blocking not good things that tell us about Him, His Kingdom and of being led by His Spirit but blocking things that make us worldly, carnal people filled with pleasures of the flesh. Let us exercise our discernment more and more according to the leading of the Spirit.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we ask for your forgiveness for the times we have been a foolish people who are slow of heart. We ask You Lord Jesus to heal our inner-man and make us more and more like You for as man You showed us the physical manifested nature of our Father. We ask You to bring your people to understand the oneness of the Word, that they believe your Word in whole more than the teachings of the people who make your Word into words...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about sixty furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were restrained that they should not know him.
17 And he said to them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said to him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which have come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
21 But we hoped that it had been he who should have redeemed Israel: and besides all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, who were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them who were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew near to the village, where they were going: and he made as though he would go further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat eating with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
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