The Open Scriptures
It is amazing the things you can learn by simply reading information on a specific topic. If you are looking for hunting information, there are many sources you have today at your figure tips. From well illustrated books to the endless supply of hunting magazines and journals, one should have no problem finding some info on a desired subject. Not to mention all the different hunting related websites that are out there, such as Tecomate.com, that strive to share with you quality hunting and biological information. Furthermore, the online resources are endless. There are online hunting forums, specific hunting info from state agencies, and don’t forget about Google Earth and the info it has to offer. It is no doubt that all of this easily attainable hunting information has made all of us more successful in the field.
However, there is nothing like firsthand information from someone who has been there and done that. Talking with any experienced hunter will always help you to be a better hunter. Likewise, getting to actually talk to the author, whose work you have read, and have him explain to you what he has written is always better than reading it yourself. They can open your minds better to the topic at hand and give you a better understanding of the subject matter. Also having a person who knows the layout of a particular property can take Google Earth and show you the in’s and out’s of that property. They can show you things that you would have never figured out just by reading the map yourself.
Luke 24:27, 32 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?
In this text we see the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who were disappointed men; for in the death of Jesus, all their hopes for Israel had been shattered. Emmaus was about eight miles northwest of Jerusalem, and they were returning home to decide what to do next. As they walked, they conversed about the recent events and discussed what they might mean. They had a “head” knowledge and not a “heart” knowledge of God’s Word, so they lacked the key that would unlock the prophetic Scriptures: the Messiah must suffer and die before He could enter into His glory. It was this key that Jesus provided as He walked and talked with them on the road.
These two men were "slow of heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken”. They believed the promises about the Messiah's glory, but they could not accept the prophecies about His suffering. When Jesus Himself, the Author and Finisher of our faith, opened up the Scriptures to them; He opened their eyes and hearts to understand all the Scriptures. He illuminated their minds bringing an understanding and warmth to their hearts that they had never experienced before. They saw the Messiah, Jesus, in the Word! This story is amazing to me because as these men saw Jesus in the Scriptures, they soon after saw that it was Jesus Himself that was there with them. Not only had Jesus personally revealed to the disciples the meaning of His Word, He personally revealed Himself to them. What a revelation! It transformed them from discouraged pilgrims into enthusiastic witnesses!
There may be many things you do not understand or even believe that the Bible says, but believe me it is all true! I simply encourage you to ask Jesus, the Author of the Book and the Word Himself, to open the Scriptures unto you and allow Him to open your hearts and illuminate your minds. For me, I can say that every time the Lord opens up the Scriptures to my heart, I can feel His presence. It is as He is sitting there right with me, personally showing me the in’s and out’s of His Word and of His Self. What a risen Savior we serve! I again invite you to come to Him today.
God Bless and Happy Hunting!
Posted by Mark Newell