“He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way”.
Lk 24:45 EHP
When you read the Bible, what you take out of it will be influenced and even determined by the kind of mind you bring to it. If you are a doctor for example, you will probably come away with all kinds of insights about the miracles of healing. If, on the other hand you are a teacher, you will most likely be excited by the stories Jesus told in parables.
The scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s day were great exponents of the laws of the Old Testament but they probably missed many of the teachings of the prophets. Jesus wanted his followers to latch onto the main message of the Old Testament which prophesied about the coming of the Messiah. He wanted them not only to meet him, but to see the significance of who he was and what he did. He knew they needed to grasp the theology of salvation and not just to see him as a good man.
Reading the Bible is like peeling an onion. You get hold of one piece, but then find there is a deeper message, so you get into that only to find there is yet another layer of meaning. It never ends. You can never exhaust the riches that are concealed in the writ- ings, histories, poetry and prophecies. The letters of Paul abound with truth and teaching. But you need the Holy Spirit to help you fathom out much of the inner meaning – to unlock its best treasures and messages. As you apply it to your life and beliefs you will find it goes on unveiling yet more.
Lord, let your Spirit open the Bible’s deepest meaning to me.