Bible Society of South Africa
Gerhard Lindeque

Pentecost – Day 7 (1 July)

God’s Spirit encourages us from the Bible during uncertain circumstances

Bible text(s)

Light from the Law of the LORD

105Your word is a lamp to guide me

and a light for my path.

Psalms 119:105GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Walk to Emmaus

13On that same day two of Jesus' followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about eleven kilometres from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them; 16they saw him, but somehow did not recognize him. 17Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?”

They stood still, with sad faces. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things that have been happening there these last few days?”

19“What things?” he asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “This man was a prophet and was considered by God and by all the people to be powerful in everything he said and did. 20Our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and he was crucified. 21And we had hoped that he would be the one who was going to set Israel free! Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened. 22Some of the women of our group surprised us; they went at dawn to the tomb, 23but could not find his body. They came back saying they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive. 24Some of our group went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they did not see him.”

25Then Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! 26Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” 27And Jesus explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses and the writings of all the prophets.

28As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther; 29but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them. 30He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then he broke the bread and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Wasn't it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

33They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others 34and saying, “The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!”

35The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread.

Luke 24:13-35GNBOpen in Bible reader

When things do not work out as we had hoped or planned, it is only human to become discouraged at some point. Sometimes, our circumstances can suddenly change and life seems dark and uncertain. We sometimes feel like the two men who were on their way to Emmaus. They were very dissapointed and said: “We were just hoping that …”

Jesus then joins them on the road and where does Jesus begin to give them hope again? He begins with the Bible. He talks to them about the statements in scripture that apply to him. As they continue to walk, their hearts become warm again, in other words, they are filled with hope again. Even though it is getting dark around them, their lives are filled with light again.

This passage reaffirms the immeasurable value of the Bible to us. When people talk about the Bible, there is hope and light in the darkness. Psalm 119:105, for example, confirms this: “Your Word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.” Note that the light is not far away, but right in front of your feet so that you can take the next step. It assures us of God’s presence. He is with us on our life path. God is not just waiting for us in heaven one day. Through his Word and Spirit, God walks with us through life.

It is imperative that people hear this wonderful message, for God’s Spirit uses the Bible to shed light during uncertain times. Read and reflect on it regularly and talk to others about it. Through his Word, God’s Spirit warms our hearts and brings our hope back. Whatever our circumstances may be, may we always experience the warmth of the Lord’s presence and the light of his Word on our life path.

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