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The thrill of learning and the timber of Jesus’ voice makes us long for more

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Listening isn’t as easy as we think, especially in the culture surrounding and pervading us today.  There are so many things vying for our attention, from our cell phones to the cool widget the person standing in line ahead of us is focused on.  From every direction, we experience the information age.  While there really isn’t an excuse for not listening to our friends, family, and even strangers, it’s a wonder any information makes it into our memory!

But, in the time of the first Easter, it was far from the flood of information we put up with today, which should make us wonder why these two men didn’t have a grasp of the Scriptures Jesus referred to.  While they heard what was said to them, both by Jesus during their time together as well as the truth they may have learned at Synagogue, it wasn’t written on their hearts.  The words they remembered had no depth of meaning, and they failed to recognize what the Messiah truly was.  Their head knowledge hadn’t quite made the journey to their heart.

They’re able to experience delight once again as Jesus speaks to them from Moses and the prophets!  I remember in days’ past lessons taught which caused my heart to leap and burn within my chest.  The excitement I felt is what, in my imagination, these men experienced as they walked the path to Emmaus.  The dust from the trail and the heat from the sun were unregistered.  The thrill of their learning and the timber of Jesus’ voice as he taught them makes them long to continue as they arrive.  Their hearts were burning as they listened to Jesus emboss their hearts with his words.  As you listen to King of My Heart, read Psalm 119:1-8 and let the Holy Spirit knit the Words of God to your heart.

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!

Psalms 119:1-8


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By Rich Obrecht 

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