God's Presence, Listening to God

Heart on Fire

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32

Following the Resurrection, two of those who had followed Jesus were walking from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. Not surprisingly, they were talking about everything that had happened in the last few days and as they did so, another man drew up alongside them. The man asked what they were talking about and they told him of Jesus and how they had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel but that the chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. The man listened intently and then, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

When they came to Emmaus, the men invited their companion to stay and eat with them, which he did.

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognised him. And he vanished from their sight.

This makes me wonder if after blessing and breaking the bread did Jesus once again say, “This is my body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of me”? For when they returned to Jerusalem to confirm to the disciples that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, it says, ‘Then they told what had happened on the road and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. There was certainly something significant in the bread being broken and given to them. Did their hearts once again burn within them?

Can you imagine listening to the Word of God being recited by the Son of God; the power of it causing your heart to burn? God’s Word truly is kindling for the soul. When you read the Bible, believing it to be the spoken word of God and allowing it to penetrate your inner most being, Scripture still has the ability to set your heart on fire.

Always keep His Word close and keep the fire burning within you.

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