Respect For The Scripture?
Daily Devotion for Lent | Sunday, February 18, 2018
Read Luke 4:16-30.
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as was His custom, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and He stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place … And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-17, 21)
Do you respect the Bible? That’s kind of an insulting question, isn’t it? Not too many people would say no, especially people in the church.
Jesus certainly respected the Bible. In this passage, we read that He was invited to preach in the synagogue in His home town. So He took the scroll of Isaiah and unrolled it nearly all the way to the end, found His passage, and read it aloud to the group. Then He started preaching on it.
Think for a moment. Here is God Himself, God in the flesh, planning to preach—and He starts by reading the Bible to the people. He doesn’t say, “Well, I’m here Myself today, so I’ll just speak directly and bypass the Scriptures—they’re not necessary.” No, He sets the example Himself by using the text and sticking to it. It is as if God said, “I myself value the Bible, and I won’t even speak to you without using it. If I value it so much, you should do so, too.”
When we stick to our favorite passages, it’s easy to value the Bible. The people of Nazareth had no problem listening to Jesus read about helping the oppressed and setting captives free. It reminded them how much God cared about them.
But there was a problem when Jesus turned to other bits of the Bible. He mentioned the prophet Elijah, who helped a poor foreign widow, and the prophet Elisha, who healed a man from Syria. Suddenly the Bible lesson wasn’t going so well anymore. What, the God of Israel, helping foreigners instead of His own people? Are we supposed to respect that?
They didn’t. Instead, they tried to throw Jesus over a cliff.
Ultimately, they wouldn’t respect the Bible. But Jesus did. And as He went on His way, He fulfilled every single promise in the Old Testament about the Savior who would rescue us all from sin and death. And now that He has risen from the dead, He continues to fulfill His promises. He saves everyone who trusts in Him and gives us eternal life.
THE PRAYER: Lord Holy Spirit, help me to treasure the Bible and to grow through it. Amen.
Brought to you in partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries – lhm.org/lent
About These Devos
SILENT WITNESSES Lenten Devotions 2018
For Christians, the season of Lent is marked by deep reflection on the appearance of the Savior and, naturally, what His life, suffering, death, and resurrection mean for our lives now. God’s human involvement in our world is a perfect example of His intimate love for us. He spared nothing to make Himself known to us—a fact that proclaims in no uncertain terms how “God so loved the world.” In Silent Witnesses, readers will note both the majestic—and mundane—aspects of the Gospel accounts: stories telling how God in His infinite power came down and “has spoken to us by His Son.”
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations—and the Nations to the Church.