Luke 24:25 And he said to them,“O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
Our friends who encountered Jesus along the road to Emmaus days after His death on the cross were very knowledgable of the Scriptures. They longed for the promised Jewish Messiah because they had been taught from a young age all about the manuscripts and the Law, the oral traditions and the customs. They knew the stories of their ancestors inside and out. But Jesus pointed out to them that their head knowledge did not equal knowing the Scripture in their hearts.
He rightly pointed out to the disciples that they were being foolish for knowing the promises of God through the prophets without realizing that they were being fulfilled right in front of their eyes — by the very man who stood before them! They were so concerned with what they “knew” that they didn’t know anything. They couldn’t see the forrest for the trees. All of that teaching did them no good if they couldn’t recognize the One whom the prophets had foretold.
Before we get down on the poor disciples of this story let’s take a look at the modern day church, at ourselves. We’re a very educated society, with so many schools and so much at our disposal for learning about God and His Word. Many of us have quite a few verses memorized and have learned the stories of the Bible from a young age. We could tell someone who asks almost anything about any story…but how do those stories apply to our lives? Do we know that answer?
“Knowing” the Scriptures is not the same as seeing Jesus for who He is and what He’s done by seeking Him. Knowing God on a personal level enables us to really know the Scriptures and see them with eyes wide open. Jesus has enabled us to know Him if we’ll just seek Him out. If we look for Him, we’ll see that the entirety of God’s Word is about Jesus. From Genesis to Revelation.