Today’s readings: Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:1-10; Matthew 13:10-17
Look to Jesus.
Why did the disciples understand Jesus’ parables? Because they looked to Jesus. They literally asked him for understanding, for the meaning—and he told them. A right understanding or interpretation of Scripture does not come from human reason or from being smart. It comes from God. You must be granted knowledge of what are otherwise God’s secrets. This happens when one looks to Jesus, when one’s eyes are fixed upon him (Heb 12:2).
Martin Luther saw Christ in all of Scripture. If we would rightly interpret the same Scriptures, we must fix our eyes on Jesus, reading the Bible with Jesus as our lens. God grants understanding when we read with the light of Christ’s mission and passion shining over our shoulder, illuminating the secrets of the kingdom.
Christ is the only one worthy and able to open the scroll. All our understanding comes from him. He is the answer. Never look away. “Do not lean on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5).
Prayer: Grant me understanding of your Word, O Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC and Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Advance, NC.