Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 2, 2019

“He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” – “He will guide you into all the truth” – “so that we may know the things freely given to us by God”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 9:43-45.

“And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears;  for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”  But they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it;  and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.”  Luke 9:43-45.

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They were amazed at what Jesus did (the miracles), and they were amazed at what Jesus said.  They did not understand the meaning of Jesus’ statement in verse 44:  “the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”

We too may not understand the meaning of some of Jesus’ statements.  But, we remember God’s words in Luke 9:35:  “This is My Son, My Chosen One;  listen to Him!”

We can follow the example of Mary.  “And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.  But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  Luke 2:18-19.

We can also follow the example of the blessed man in Psalm chapter 1.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”  Psalm 1:2.

And, while we wait to understand, we can trust the Lord.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5.

The Holy Spirit helps us.  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”  John 14:26.  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;  for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;  and He will disclose to you what is to come.”  John 16:13.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

… but just as it is written,

“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,
AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,
ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”

For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;  for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?  Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him;  and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.  But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.  For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM?  But we have the mind of Christ.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5 and 9-16.


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