Date: April 28, 2012
Scripture: Matt. 28:11-13
11″Now when they were going, behold some of the watch came into the city and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.” (this is talking about Jesus being raised from the dead and the stone being rolled away by angels)
Isn’t it just like people to come up with “counsel” to deliberately cloud the truth? What I wonder about is this: “…some of the watch…?” By virtue of the word some, this means that some did not go and get this counsel and maybe would speak the truth or maybe would hide. What really gets me is that the chief priests and the elders were so adamant about believing that Jesus was not the Messiah, that they would counsel deception (breaking one of Moses’ laws) when presented with proof and undeniable evidence from eye witnesses whom they obviously believed (or they would not have paid them to lie). Also, as you read further, you find that some of Jesus disciples still doubted, even after eye witnesses recounted their risen Jesus encounters.
It seems that we who know the scriptures may just be more susceptible to fashioning our own reality when the Lord wants us to know the power of God and do amazing things. I mean, some of the disciples doubted eyewitness accounts, but they walked with Him and He was able to open their eyes/understanding through the doubt. Maybe it is time to stop trying to gain knowledge and power from just the Word of God and spend more time in the presence of the Holy Spirit who guides us through the Living Word, opening our understanding to it. We’ve taken such a scholastic approach to reading the Bible, that our Theology has become more important than the Theos we study. What is the point of believing in a God who wants to be actively a part of our lives if we do not take the time to spend with Him? Why read just another ancient text when we can have it illuminated and brought to life in His presence?
Lord, thank you for Your Word and your Holy Spirit guiding us through it. Give me a heart that not only enjoys the study of Your Word, but longs to spend time in Your presence. Open my understanding while we spend time together. Amen