Another Test?

Nehemiah 8:1–6; Luke 24:18–27; Acts 17:10–15 (read online ⧉)

The Israelite Exiles have ed home, sort of. As Ezra reads the Scriptures, the remnant of Israel s what it means to be ’s chosen people. Generations had al wandered away emotionally and ually. Then they went into exile in a foreign land with various gods and prices and uned even more. The confrontation with ’s Word was probably startling to many, and -wrenching for .

Even when theoretiy well-established with the Scriptures, and even being (outer) s of Jesus, s such as Cleopas still needed to have things explained further to him. Perhaps, like many of us, it needed that “one more time” to get. Perhaps Jesus said it the “right” way this time so that Cleopas understood. Maybe for Cleopas, it took the report of the Resurrection and Jesus’ expla and the breaking of the bread to “get it”. We just don’t know why it took so much for Cleopas (and we really can’t forget Cleopas’ companion) to get it, but each of us has had a similar experience, where we just need to go over it and over it and over it (whatever “it” is).

This is what makes the Bereans a good example. They eagerly dug into the Scriptures to validate what they were told.

1) When was the last time you eagerly dug into the Scriptures?

2) The Israelites needed to test things against the Scriptures but didn’t. How is your habit of testing things against the Scriptures?

3) Do you re that we are to test the Scriptures through the lens of ’s love for us as displayed by Jesus Christ? In what ways is this displayed by Jesus’ explas to Cleopas and his companion?

Action: take one opinion or commentary regarding or from the world and test it against the Scriptures.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.