A Hunger for God
THE NEED TO KNOW GOD
“…Two of Jesus’ disciples were going to the village of Emmaus… As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them. But they did not know who he was.” – Luke 24:15-16 (CEV)
- Verse 16 says that although Jesus Himself joined 2 of His own followers “they did not know who he was”. Later on in verse 31 “they knew who he was.” What do you think prevented the disciples from initially recognizing Jesus? What was the implication when Jesus had to explain the Scriptures to them again in verse 27 before they would recognize Him?
- In verse 19, how did Cleopas perceive Jesus to be up to this point? What important truth is missing in his description of Jesus?
- What does his account of Jesus in verses 20-24 reveal about Cleopas? For what was he rebuked by Jesus in verse 25?
- Jesus explained Moses and all the prophets (a reference to the Scriptures during those times) to the 2 disciples in verse 27. In verses 44-46, He also explained the Scriptures to the eleven and “those who were with them.” How important is knowing and believing in the words of God in having a clear knowledge of who God is in your life?
- What concrete steps will you do so that you will grow in the word of God?
“Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfold as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.” – J. I. Packer
- Intimacy (Pray for yourself): Pray that you would be free from sin today. Ask the Lord to give you grace to kill the sinful desires in your own heart, and to set you free to love and follow him.
- Investing (Pray for our church): Ask the Lord to make our church a holy people who run from sin and who look progressively like Jesus.
- Inviting (Pray for our communities): Ask the Lord to free us from the bondages our city experiences to sin. Pray for your workmates, friends, business, and school. Pray for love of holiness to come over our communities.