Reading: Matthew 20:17-19
“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” (vv.18-19)
I love our weekly Bible studies because the passage we are discussing for the week usually offshoots to more other topics. It just enlarges one’s understanding, and it is so exciting!
One question that came up recently was–did Jesus just “download” all His knowledge of Scriptures from the Father? Honestly, I don’t know the answer myself, and I love it when brothers and sisters are able to provide biblical passages and insights. I tend to accept that He knew everything already from infancy. But though He was the Word, He willingly confined Himself to human form and had to go through the process of learning how to speak. Like any other Jewish boy of His time, he studied to read and write–and yes, learn the Scriptures. Jesus studied the Scriptures wholeheartedly to be able to point out later [for our sake and benefit] how the Law and the Prophets pertained to Him, what His sacrificial death would be like, and how He would be resurrected in victory!
I pray that like our Lord, we (yes, including me!) would have so much passion for His Word that it would conscientiously manifest in our thoughts, attitude, speech and actions.
Psalm 119:97-104 (ESV)
97 Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.