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KENDRA GRAHAM’S ONLINE BIBLE STUDY — LUKE 24:26-27

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!Make sure you don’t miss a post, just enter your email in the “Subscribe Via Email” box in the upper left-hand corner of our blog. It’s free and you’ll receive these posts straight into your email inbox.

Kendra Graham notes from Luke 24:26-27

Ad Fonte!

Luke 24:26-27

Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory? (27) And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. (Luke 24:26-27, NASB)

THE FACTS 

Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things?
He explained to them things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
 

THE LESSONS

In his book, Martin Luther, author Eric Metaxis describes how confused and frustrated Martin Luther was with God. After having become a monk, Luther had more questions regarding God and who He than he had before he had ever taken the vows. The longer he served as a monk, the more confused Luther became. If only there was a way that he could understand the heart of God. THEN…. a novel idea came to him: “What if I made my cry, Ad Fontes!’” (The Latin phrase, Ad Fontes means “Back to the Sources!”)
Martin Luther dusted off his red Bible and began his search to discover who God says He is, not who Luther assumed Him to be. An AMAZING discovery was found by the inquisitive monk: Jesus is the Word of God in flesh!
The two disciples walking away from Jerusalem on resurrection Sunday were absolutely devastated.  Rabboni, their Rabbi—the one they left everything for in order to follow—had been crucified on Friday; then on Sunday they had received the news that the tomb of Jesus was empty. Jesus was just gone. What in the world was going on? Was Jesus even real? What just happened? Had they really given up lucrative jobs, homes, and comfort to follow Jesus?
These two men walking the road to Emmaus were labeled “disciples,” which in that day and culture, as we know from our studies, meant that they followed the Rabbi. They followed where the Rabbi went, listened to what he taught, and did what he did. Remember: Talmidin do not want to know what the Rabbi knows, they want to be what the Rabbi is. A talmid will give up his entire identity in order to be identified with the Rabbi. This was a lifestyle, not just a Sunday or Wednesday hour-to hour-and-a half.
These talmidin believed Jesus to be the Christ, the Messiah, the King of the Jews, the Deliverer who had been promised since Genesis 3:15. On this day, they were beyond sad as they walked away from Jerusalem. Jesus had not delivered them at all. If anything, being identified with Jesus now would put them at greater risk with not only Rome, but also with their own leaders. With chaos, pain and suffering swirling around them, they did the only logical thing: they walked away.
Jesus, however, was like no Rabbi was or ever will be. Jesus—the risen Jesus—on resurrection Sunday relentlessly went to these two disciples, not to chew them out, but to remind them of what they knew…. of Who they knew. Jesus was patient as He listened to all the reasons the men gave for why He could not have been the Messiah, Son of David. These men truly had proof that they had seen and heard. There was one problem: Jesus had died before He delivered His people, so they could only conclude that He was NOT Messiah.
Jesus had crossed a churning sea for a naked tomb guy, had diverted through the busy streets of Jericho to hear a blind man preach, and had shone light in the darkest places. Here in Luke 24, this same Jesus walks seven miles out of His way to give the greatest message never recorded on why He is Messiah. The Good shepherd leaves the 99 (or the other 11), to hunt down these 2 unknown talmidin.
Jesus did not chide the two weary disciples for not remembering what He’d said countless times; because Jesus does not authenticate the Word of God, the Word of God authenticates Jesus. All the words Jesus spoke were now in limbo anyway. Could they be trusted as Truth?
So AD FONTES Jesus went. The men and women of that day were VERY well versed in the Word of God. By the age of twelve, most boys and girls had memorized the first five books of the Bible, and most had huge portions of the prophets memorized as well. Without tablets, iPhones or iPads at the touch of a finger, they had to put to memory the precious Word of God. Often we interpret who God is through the lens of our circumstance, but here, Jesus would look at who God is, then see what that does to the current circumstance of these talmadin.
Jesus made it very clear…. the Messiah must suffer… THESE things. ‘Come on, boys! Do you not know Isaiah 53? Psalm 88?’ Cut off… afflicted… wrath of God…. bound… despised… bones out of joint… encircled by evil doers…led to slaughter… bruised… at exactly noon when the high priest was cutting the throat of the lamb without blemish and without spot, a loud cry from the cross came out, “IT IS FINISHED!
In verse 30 of this passage, Jesus broke the bread….remember… “This is My body, BROKEN for you” and poured the wine…. “This is My blood”… “Do this in remembrance of Me….”
WAAAAIIIITTTT a MINUTE!! Oh! Oh! Oh! And then they saw. The Truth of God’s Word may not be what we want to hear. We may not like it. But it points to Jesus.
The eyes of the talmidin were opened and they saw through BELIEVING the Word of God, not through believing what they thought the Word of God should be. As the Truth grabbed hold of these men, they realized that the grip that sin had on them from the beginning was broken. The enemy had bruised Jesus, but Jesus had crushed the head of that other king from that other kingdom. They were delivered from the grip of sin, redeemed beyond Rome, redeemed for eternity. Sin had been conquered on the cross and death at the grave! God’s wrath was met; and at the same time, His mercy was given!
“The GRAVE is empty” was no longer a message of sadness and confusion, but a message of JOY and clarity: Jesus is Messiah, Son of David, Son of the Most High God. Who else would suffer through those things that MUST be done to bridge the gap of sin except God Himself! God came Himself with skin on, and His name is Jesus.  The Truth of the Word of God set a BOLD direction in their lives that could not be tamed. 
Ad Fonte! We have so many assumptions of how God should be and what He should do, but have you ever personally gone to the Source and asked God to show you who He says He is? Jeremiah 29:13 says, “If you seek Me, you will find Me if you seek with your whole heart.” 

 

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?

When have we settled for looking at God only through the lens of our circumstance instead of looking at who God says He is and then looking at our circumstance that way?

How often are we in the Word of God vs. the word of commentaries, pastors and Bible study teachers?

LIVE IT OUT

If I want to #LIVEBOLD, I must be in the Word of God and allow the Truth of God’s Word to settle in my heart and drive my steps.

–Kendra

HOMEWORK

Do the Three Questions on John 21.

P.S. Ladies, there are two more weeks of our evening Women’s Bible Study at The Cove, and hope you’ll  join us!  Register online today.

Can’t make it in person?  We’ll be streaming LIVE each Tuesday evening on Periscope, via Twitter, where you can watch from the comfort of your own home.

Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — Mark 10:47-48

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Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Make sure you don’t miss a post, just enter your email in the “Subscribe Via Email” box in the upper left-hand corner of our blog. It’s free and you’ll receive these posts straight into your email inbox.

Kendra Graham notes from Mark 10:48

Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept on all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

THE FACTS:

Many were sternly telling him to be quiet; he kept on more. Son of David have mercy on me.

Step 2

THE LESSONS:

Bartimaeus was blind, so he lived a life of begging for scraps to stay alive. One day Bartimaeus (we’ll just call him “Bart”) heard with his ears that Jesus was walking through Jericho. There sat Bart, begging at the back gate as people left the city on their way to Passover in Jerusalem.  Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem as well—to the Last Supper and to Lazarus, who had been dead a few days.

Suddenly Bart began to yell, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47). The crowd did not like this, because they could not hear the teaching of Jesus; all they could hear was the shrieking of an unimportant, forgettable blind man.  Oh how they wished Bart would pipe down!  They pressured him to stop; he did not.  The crowd continued all the more to pressure Bart to quiet, but he refused.

What was blind Bart saying? I argue the reason Jesus even went through Jericho—and not around the Jericho bypass (especially with Passover looming)—was because blind Bart was the message. Jesus went through Jericho for two reasons: First, to gather a crowd to hear Bart’s message; and second, to heal Bart.  Bart was saying, “Jesus, Son of David.”  This was a BIG deal.  Bart was telling the Jewish crowd on their way to Passover that Jesus was the Messiah. This very statement would be what the Sanhedrin would use to crucify Jesus in the next week or so.  This was a BOLD message, and Bart was preaching this message in his darkness.  The crowd bullied him to stop. Yet Jesus didn’t stop Bart’s message, nor did He stop the crowd from pressuring him. Did you ever think about that?  Jesus allowed Bart to be bullied into shutting his mouth. What would Bart do?  Why would Jesus allow that?

Last week we noted that when God delivered Israel out from under the thumb of Pharaoh, He led them to the desert. Why?  Deuteronomy 8:2 gives us the reason: “To test them to see what was in their hearts.”  So God would know what was in their hearts?  NO—so that Israel would know what was in their hearts. Marah—bitterness—was in their hearts, and God needed to deal with it. What was in Bart’s heart? A message of hope.

Have mercy on me!”  Bart had the hope of healing because he knew who Jesus was.  Even if Bart had not been healed, it would not have changed the fact that Jesus is Messiah.  Even if Jesus ignored him, even if Jesus walked by or would not defend him in a crowd that was yelling at him, Bart’s message did not waver and did not change.

What would make your message waver and change? Bart would preach Jesus Messiah.  Bart was the message. Perhaps Bart begged often in the courts of Jericho’s synagogue, hearing the teachings of the Torah and scrolls of the prophets.  With his keen sense of hearing, Bart connected the dots of Messiah better than those who had seen Jesus do countless miracles.

Bart, being blind, knew his own desperation and need for Jesus. When Jesus walked by, Bart’s message could not be taken from him. In his darkness, in his blindness, in his pain, Bart preached until he was heard.  Tested in his heart, and in spite of being ignored by Jesus and bullied by the crowd, Bart continued to preach Jesus Messiah.  He continued to plead for mercy until he received it.

Jesus stopped (verse 49).  Bart’s faith stopped Jesus in His tracks.

Then Jesus, through the crowd beckoned Bart to him.  Cruel?  Seriously.  Think about it.  The crowd is mad and annoyed at Bart.  Jesus is not right beside him, obviously, because He “beckons” him to come (49).  Bart is blind, and Jesus is asking him to weave through a crowd?

I love that it doesn’t matter to Bart.  BOLD Bart gets up, leaves everything he owns in the world, and takes that first step.  I’ll bet there was help after that first step was taken.  It’s the first one that seems so daunting, so impossible–so cruel even.  But God will make a way when there is no way.  Bart believed this.  Jesus did not promise Bart healing; Jesus only called to him.  Yet Bart left everything just to be in the presence of Messiah, knowing Jesus would take care of the rest.  What faith!  Blindness in the end is not what Bart is known for; we remember him today for his  BOLD belief.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?

When have we been tested to know what is in our hearts? Did we press into belief, or raise our fists in “Marah”?

What has caused our message of Jesus to waver and change? Culture? Pressure for tolerance? Scientific data?

How is our belief known to the world around us?

LIVE IT OUT:

Lord, open my ears to hear your message of Truth to me, then open my mouth to make known with BOLDNESS the mystery of the Gospel.  (Ephesians 6:19, NASB)

– Kendra

P.S. Ladies, our in-person Winter Women’s Bible Study at The Cove is now underway, and it’s not too late to join us!  Let’s get together Tuesday evenings in January and February and dig into the Word of God.  Register online today.

Can’t make it in person?  We’ll be streaming LIVE each Tuesday evening on Periscope, via Twitter, where you can watch from the comfort of your own home.