Day 68: An Opened Mind

Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled."

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,

Luke 24:44-45, RSV


We talk a lot about having an open mind. Now having an open mind is important, but we do need to be careful that it is not so "open" that we accept every idea, no matter how ridiculous. There is a difference, however, between an open mind and an opened mind, and it is this that we want to look at today.


In the passage above, Jesus was explaining to His disciples about his death burial and resurrection, He revealed to them that everything that had happened to Him had already been foretold in the Scriptures and how these things had to be fulfilled in the exact way that the writers of the Old Testament had prophesied. Then, because prophesy is from God and can only been understood by those who had been enlightened, Jesus "opened their minds" to understand these Scriptures.


One of the results that we all hope to obtain by reading the Bible is that our minds may be opened. I'm not talking about having something miraculous happen to us as it did to the disciples when Jesus opened their minds, but I do believe that Scripture reveals we can understand everything that is necessary for our service to God and our salvation. The reason that we need to read with an "open mind" is so that we do not allow past prejudices and false understandings to prevent our minds from being "opened" by the truths that are plainly set forth in Scripture.


This is why we read!


Today's reading is the 24th chapter of Luke.