April 08, 2016

Jesus, Expert in the Word

Luke 4:1-21

. . . He found the place where it is written . . . .

—  Luke 4:17

Being God, Jesus had written the Old Testament—partnering with human authors to compose it. And then, when he became a human child, he studied and learned it with other children from the teachers in the community at Nazareth.

In our verses for today we see that Jesus studied well. He was able to use the words of Scripture expertly! He used them to defend himself and define himself.

In the first part of our reading for today Jesus used three quotations from Deuteronomy to defeat the devil’s temptations. Tell these stones to become bread? No. “Man shall not live on bread alone.” Worship Satan? No. “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Test God’s love through acts of disobedience? No. “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

In the latter part of today’s Scripture Jesus used words from Isaiah to define himself for the people of his hometown of Nazareth. He had become a preacher of good news, a ­rescuer of the blind and oppressed, and a proclaimer of the Lord’s favor.

Jesus knew that God’s Word is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). 

Moses had to learn the same things as he prepared to lead God’s people. And we will be wise to use God’s Word in these ways also!

Dear God, “your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Guide me to read, love, and use it beyond my devotional time today. Amen.

About the author — David Den Haan

Pastor Dave Den Haan has served at Fairway Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, since 1999. Previously he served a church in Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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