Thursday, November 24

Open

Scripture: Job 22-24, Luke 24

Luke 24:31–32 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Observation

Three times the word “open” is used in this passage. 

The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were visiting with Jesus, not knowing who He was, but their “eyes were opened” when He broke bread with them, and they recognized Him. 

As Jesus explained how the Law and Prophets pointed to Him, He “opened the Scriptures” to them. 

Later when Jesus met with all the disciples, He “opened their minds” to understand the Scripture.

Louw and Nida say that these idioms, ‘to open the mind’ and ‘to open the heart’) mean “to cause someone to be willing to learn and evaluate fairly—to open someone’s mind, to cause someone to be open-minded.”

The word is used in Mark 7:34-35 of Jesus opening a man’s ears—causing a deaf man to hear. It is used in Acts 16:14 of the Lord opening Lydia’s heart to respond to Paul’s message. 

Application

Two applications:

First, I will pray for myself and others to have an open heart toward the Lord.I will especially pray for those I love who don’t yet know the Lord that He would “open their hearts” as He did for Lydia to hear and respond. I will pray that He opens our hearts and minds to know Him and understand the Scriptures. This is a prayer application because He is the Opener, the one who opens our hearts and minds.

Second, I want to live with an open mind. The opposite is a closed mind. You can’t learn anything with a closed mind. You have to be curious, open, or you stop learning. It is easy to be closed minded, particularly in conflict where we feel defensive and protective—closed off—rather than open and curious. This goes along with one of my big learnings this year: be curious not judgmental. 

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to see You, my mind to know You, my heart to love You. And help me live open rather than closed, curious rather than judgmental, a learner rather than a know-it-all.