Selected Sunday Scriptures- #21

Today’s will be a short one, focusing on the Gospel of Luke:

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma′us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cle′opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened 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 our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

(Luke 24:13-27)

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.”

(Luke 24:44-49)

These particular verses are important because they detail how Jesus revealed the full measure of truth to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. He opened their minds to the full truth of His Being. They also, I believe, explain a great deal of how the Gospels can account for what Jesus did at times when the disciples or Apostles themselves were not present. It stands to reason that when He was explaining all the scripture to them, He also explained in depth the nature of His walk with them. That would have naturally included Hs temptation in the desert by Satan, His prayers while they slept and so on. Of course, Mary would have also been able to fill in details on the early life of Jesus as well, as she was with the apostles in Jerusalem after the resurrection.

I will end this post will a small segment from Psalm 49:

Truly no man can ransom himself,
    or give to God the price of his life,
for the ransom of hislife is costly,
    and can never suffice,
that he should continue to live on for ever,
    and never see the Pit.

(Psalm 49:7-9)

Indeed, no man could ever hope to pay the debt of his life. 10,000 talents is beyond anyone’s measure to pay. Thankfully our God paid the price for us, that we might Live.

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6 responses to “Selected Sunday Scriptures- #21

  1. femininebutnotfeminist

    Something I noticed a while back about these verses is that Jesus seems to have a sense of humor, like he is playfully teasing them here. He walks up to them while keeping them from being able to recognize Him and says “hey, whatcha talkin’ about?” (paraphrasing obviously). They, shocked that he doesn’t know (but of course he knows), say “are you serious?! you really don’t know about the things that’ve been happening around here?!” and he continues his playing with them by asking “what things?” LOL, you gotta love Him 🙂

  2. One forgets about such simple things, and that at their core the depth of their meaning is that he led them to finally understand the messages he’d given them over three years.

    Also, it helps smash doubts that the bible, gospels, and epistles are inerrant. For they had their minds open, and were directly instructed by Christ even before he entrusted them to the protection of the holy spirit

  3. @ Chad

    Yes, it is easy to overlook something as small as that.

    As for inerrancy, there is a difference between textual inerrancy and substantive inerrancy. Scribes can transcribe or translate improperly, which we have seen throughout the history of the church. But that is different from there being alleged error in the source material.

  4. @ FBNF

    Jesus was using, from my understanding at least, a classic teaching style used by Jewish religious scholars at the time. Very similar to the Socratic method. But I can certainly imagine there being a twinkle in his eye when he is enlightening them.

  5. “They also, I believe, explain a great deal of how the Gospels can account for what Jesus did at times when the disciples or Apostles themselves were not present.”

    I think that you misunderstand what was going on when the authors wrote the gospel accounts. Jews (which included the gospel authors for the most part) looked for eyewitness confirmation concerning what happened in situations involving the Law. Jesus certainly was involved in Law since His claim to be Messiah engaged the questions of whether He was a magician, whether He was Christ, and where Jesus’ authority came from were all questions which invoked the Law of Moses.

    “Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact is to be confirmed.” You can find this statement three times in the OT and five in the NT. It forms the basis of the evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. It is normative in the NT for ordinary church questions and was part of the mindset of the apostles. This notion of evidence would certainly have been applied to all questions of fact that we find in the gospel accounts. I dispute the notion that all the facts found in the gospel accounts had to be witnessed by a single person. I think that it’s more likely that the facts came from questions posed to a variety of witnesses in church hearings which were held to try to salvage the experience of the early witnesses when it became obvious that they were dying off and the church realized that it needed accurate histories.

  6. @ thesdgamer

    I don’t think I was arguing otherwise. What I was explaining was that after the Resurrection, Jesus told his disciples what He had done when they weren’t around. For His words to be scripture, they had to be testified to by two to three witnesses, which was possible since he talked to the 11 and others.

    I was merely showing how certain accounts, like the trial in the desert, could show up in scripture when none of the disciples were present. The answer is naturally enough that Jesus told them about such events. And if I recall correctly, Jesus Himself isn’t bound by that 2-3 witness requirement.

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