Meditation for Monday

For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Luke 10:24

During my years as a reporter, I encountered a few people who were willing to share with me some information and details that they were unwilling to share with other reporters. It took me a long time to earn this trust, but it was earned through a lengthy process of building up a reputation as a reporter who kept his word. As a result, I heard many things that no one else has ever heard, some of which I have not revealed to this day. I know a little of what the disciples must have felt when they heard the Lord Jesus tell them that they were privy to things that were hidden to Old Testament saints. We can share in that great privilege too, because we have also access to that which Abraham, David, and Isaiah could not know.

How much of the Bible did Abraham have? What scriptures were available to such men as Job, Moses, Samuel, David, and the major prophets? Only a tiny portion of what we now accept as the Word of God was in the hands of Old Testament saints. God spoke directly to some of them, we know, and He delivered to them revelations and direction. But God’s dealings in the Old Testament were always with the New Testament in view, and the Old Testament saints had never seen directly, nor read from those who had seen directly, anything of the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Christ. Looking back on those saints, we recognize how much more blessed we are, and we accept today’s text as precious.

Abraham, who was known as a friend of God, could understand only in a very sketchy way how God would bless all the world through him. David, identified as a man after God’s own heart, wrote much that tells us of the Saviour Who was to come, but David must surely have wondered at what it all meant. Moses, whose hand delivered the law and all its ordinances, must surely have been puzzled by the detail and the specifics regarding those things, and could not have grasped how it all was an allegory telling us of the wonders of the One through Whom came grace and truth.

Treasure your Bible today, and read it with delight, because it freely reveals to the child of God so much that has been hidden from so many. -Jim MacIntosh

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