Falling in Love all Over Again! – by Melody Mason

I’ve always prayed before I study the Bible.

Indeed, I usually pray for quite some time before I even open the Bible in the morning. God always blesses. But recently the Scriptures have been coming to life in a whole new way.

So let me share what happened.

This summer a close friend and I decided to follow the new Believe His Prophets daily Bible reading together. While it’s been a blessing from the start, things began to change this past month when my friend found some beautiful parallels pointing to Christ in one chapter of Genesis.

After that, we challenged each other to look for Jesus in every chapter. After all, Jesus was able to find Himself throughout the Scriptures while traveling the road to Emmaus with two disciples: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).

To be honest though, sometimes Jesus isn’t visible even after we’ve read and reread a chapter several times. This can be discouraging! After all, what do you do with a story like Judah and his affair with Tamar in Genesis 38? Or what about Jacob’s genealogy in Genesis 46?

But when it seems like we face a spiritual roadblock, we start praying, and as we do, the Holy Spirit begins opening our eyes to see glimpses of Jesus again.

In Genesis 38, we realized that a repentant Judah, forgiven by God, is found together with Tamara in the family tree of Jesus in Matthew 1.

Jacob’s genealogy in Genesis 46 lists 12 sons. Jesus had 12 disciples. Jacob’s 12 sons were to populate the world. Jesus’ 12 disciples were to help win the world. Moreover, we are spiritual descendants of those 12 disciples.

Also in Genesis 46, Joseph’s family is described as shepherds who tend flocks. We are to be shepherds who help tend God’s flock. Jesus is our Shepherd.

The parallels just go on and on. Day after day my friend and I have been discovering that truly Christ is in all the Scriptures, just as He said on the road to Emmaus.

I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist Christian my whole life. I’ve loved God’s Word from the time I was a child. But I can unashamedly say I’m falling in love with God’s Word all over again. What has been the key to unlocking the Scriptures and catching new glimpses of Christ? Prayer! Much prayer!

Melody Mason, United in Prayer Coordinator

NOTE:  View this week’s prayer focus on Mission to the Cities by clicking here! 

OXYGENPractical Application: 

Throughout Scripture we are encouraged by word and example to study to show ourselves approved unto God, as workers who do not need to be ashamed, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). However, successful Bible study is not merely an intellectual process, for even Satan is an excellent Bible student.

Beyond mental understanding and “right dividing,” we need heart transformation. We need to see Jesus! This only comes through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We should make the psalmist’s petition our own: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law” (Psalm 119:18).

If you aren’t already part of our Believe His Prophets Bible reading program, we encourage you to join by clicking here. And as you do, start looking for Christ in the Scriptures. It may not always be easy, but as you pray, God’s Word will come alive before your very eyes, just as it has for Melody and her friend.

Also, for more tips on how to study the Bible study, please visit our featured resource page and download Revived by God’s Word: A Mini-handbook for Bible Study.

Dear Heavenly Father, We’ve read Your Word many times, but today we need a fresh glimpse of Jesus. Please open our eyes that we may behold wondrous things out of Your law. Open our eyes that we may truly see Christ in every page. And as we do, change our hearts! Thank You for how You will answer this prayer. This we pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Promise to claim: Jer. 29:13