Blindness to the Truth of the Scriptures

A few weeks ago my wife and I were eating lunch at a well known Christian Conference grounds and sat down at a table with two couples we had never met before. In the course of our conversation I learned that they were staying in their motor homes in the RV Park and sort of landed … More

Blindness
“Search the Scriptures” (v. 39). This could be translated “ye are searching.” The Jews were constantly searching the Scriptures because it was recognized that they contained the secret of eternal life. These same Scriptures bear testimony of Christ yet these pious Jews were blind to the very key of understanding who Christ was (v. 46) (I Pet 1:10-11). They knew what the Bible said but failed to apply the words to their lives. They knew the rules but missed the Savior.

Because of their hardness of heart, they had rejected Christ (vv. 40-43). Christ does not receive honor (glory or praise) from men, because God’s love is not in them. Christ had come in the authority of His Father with mighty miracles to prove His deity. They rejected Him. If one comes in His own name, Him will ye receive. This was proven in that the Jews accepted false messiahs such as Theudas and Judas of Galilee (Acts 5:36-37). They will also accept antichrist (II Thess 2:8-10).

The Jews could not believe because they desired praise from each other rather than praise from God (vv. 44-47). The name Jew means “praised.” The Jews had the utmost confidence in Moses and his writings. They claimed to be Moses’ disciples (9:28), and yet they did not accept what Moses had said (Deut 18:15-18). If they had accepted Moses’ writings, they would have accepted Christ, for he wrote of Him. These religious leaders persisted in protecting tradition instead of understanding truth. It is very easy for us to become so involved in “Bible study” that we fail to see who Jesus really is and what He wants to do in our lives.

Application

I am so glad that I do not have to go through life blind to God’s plan as revealed in His Word.

John 5:39-47 (English Standard Version)

"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

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