Day 21 - Why We Read the Bible | February Devotional in the Gospel of John

Friday, February 21, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 12:14 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written*: 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
(*Zechariah 9:9)

There are many examples in the Gospels where Jesus fulfilled prophecies. One of the unique features of the Living God is that He knows the end from the beginning. He did not orchestrate every single event in history and life, but He laid the foundation to the most important circumstances, such as the coming of Christ.

Many things Jesus did were accomplished with full knowledge of the Scriptures. He often acted specifically on the Old Testament Scriptures such as the passage from Zechariah 9:9 cited above.  Notice that the disciples could make sense of this event only after they reflected on the Scriptures. If they had not read the Scriptures, there would be no way of understanding the event. 

Our Bible reading is not just a religious exercise or passing of time. We are laying foundation in our hearts and minds to understand future purpose and events. It is possible to miss parts of God’s plan and timing because we lack knowledge of the Scriptures at the time when it is needed.

Reflection Question: How has this devotional helped you appreciate the importance of reading Scripture?

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