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Pray: Lord, Your are the most High God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You have created me, saved me, and brought me to this saving faith. Please draw me close to You during this time of worship, study, and prayer. Inhabit my mind and my praises, that You might be glorified and I might be edified. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Read: Luke 24:13-32

Think about It: (God Can’t Use What You Don’t Have)
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Finally, we rejoin our two disciples as they walk to Emmaus. As Jesus joins them on the walk and listens to their cries of sorrow over the loss of their Savior, He takes this time to instruct them. They receive a session with a personal Tutor as He brings together the prophecies of the Old Testament and the events of their lives with the Rabbi. Their response to this teaching (after Jesus reveals who He actually is to them) is simple. “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (verse 32) They already knew what the Old Testament taught. They knew what they had experienced with Jesus. He simply came along and tied the two together for them. And their hearts burned!

Jesus was able to bring this lesson to the disciples because they already knew the teachings of Moses and the Prophets. They knew very well the words of what we call the Old Testament. Jesus didn’t need to read them passages or coach them on chapter and verse. They already knew it. He used the knowledge they already possessed in order to fill in the gaps for them. Then it all came together and they were stunned. Later, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit arrives, they are then able to take that story and share it with the world.

We say we want to be close to God and live with Him as an important part of our lives. We say we want to hear His voice and   understand His will. But are we willing to study His Word in order to know what He says? God cannot use what You do not have! He has chosen to reveal Himself through the written Word. Reading that Word can teach us what God is like. You can come to understand His reactions and His ways by studying the Old Testament and the New. You can come to know the character of God by seeing how He reacted to the Children of Israel and to His disciples. And since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. How He reacted to them is how He   reacts to us. Knowing what is in His Word is our best tool to knowing Him well.

Pray: Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;
At Thy speaking it was done.
For created light we thank Thee,
While Thine ordered seasons run.
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