September 21, 2020 – Monday
Luke 24:25-27 NIV
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.
This is a continuation from Friday after Jesus had risen from the grave. He has yet to appear to the eleven and the rest of the disciples with them. Instead He joins two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus without revealing Himself to them as they did not recognize Him.
Jesus just came up and joined them as they were on their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus, about seven miles. They were talking with each other about all the things that had happened up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus knew what they were talking about, yet asked (17-18) What are you discussing together as you walk along? Initially, They stood still, their faces downcast. Then, One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
Jesus asked what were the thing that happened? They replied Jesus, a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people was handed over to the chief priests and rulers who sentenced Him to death by crucifixion. And they had hoped He was the going to redeem Israel, but it has been three days (v19-21). Then they added what we learned Friday, (v22-24) In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find His body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
This is when Jesus gently rebuked them saying, How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!? Peter Pett says when He calls them foolish, We can sense the tenderness and slight exasperation that lies behind it. ‘Fools’ would be too strong a translation. He was not expressing any contempt. It was their lack of understanding that He was hinting at, the lack that had put them in this mournful state, not their mental abilities. A ‘fool’ in the Old Testament is regularly someone who is unaware of spiritual realities. And then He explains why He calls them foolish. It is because He considers them ‘slow of heart’ in that they have refused to believe the many things of which the prophets had spoke concerning the matter. What they had said concerning the women in fact summed them up accurately. They had received good news, but their hearts were slow to take it up. Had they believed the prophets they would have had no such doubts.
Many versions read slow of heart to believe, and about that David Guzik writes, Jesus told them that the problem with their belief was more in their heart than their head. We often think the main obstacles to belief are in the head, but they are actually in the heart. While Guzik’s commentary ends there, the Benson Commentary adds the following, From this reproof it would appear, that Cleopas and his companion were of the number of those who gave little credit to the tidings which the women had brought of their Master’s resurrection; his crucifixion and death, as they themselves acknowledge, having almost convinced them that he was not the Messiah. What he reproved them for was their not understanding and believing the prophets, which, he said, declared that, before the Messiah should enter into his glory, he must suffer such things as they said their Master had suffered.
To tie all of this together Jesus added the question, Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory? Here Peter Pett adds The thought of glory may refer mainly to His crucifixion as the way of entering into His glory, but if it was so it could only be in the light of the certainty of His resurrection. This must be the case as there would be no glory without His resurrection. Additionally Pett says The Son of Man will suffer, but then He will come to the throne of God to receive glory as in Daniel 7:13-14.
When they stopped to eat, Jesus revealed Himself to them whereupon He disappeared. They ran all the way back to the other disciples to share the wonderful news. While they were still sharing the wonderful news v36, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Then there was no more doubting among those there. What about us? Jesus may address us individually one day, in person or in prayer or in a vision. Will we be prepared to believe or will we be slow in our hearts to believe?