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I enjoy visiting museums such as the National Gallery in London and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

While most of the art is breathtaking, some of it confuses me. I look at seemingly random splashes of color on canvas and realize I have no idea what I am seeing—even though the artist is a master at his craft. Sometimes we can feel the same way about the Scriptures.

We wonder: Is it even possible to understand them? Where do I start? Perhaps Paul’s words can give us some help. “Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). God has given us the Scriptures for our instruction and encouragement. He has also given us His Spirit to help us to know His mind. Jesus said that He was sending the Spirit to “guide [us] into all the truth” (John 16:13).

Paul affirms this in 1 Corinthians 2:12, saying, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” With the help of the Spirit, we can approach the Bible with confidence, knowing that through its pages God wants us to know Him and His ways. Father, thank You for giving us Your Son to bring us into relationship with You. Thank You for giving us the Scriptures so that we can know You better.

And thank You for giving us Your Spirit to guide us into the truth of what we need to know about You and Your great love. Source: One of the great truths of Scripture is that it is timeless. All of the stories and instructions of the past were written for our benefit.

While this applies to all of the Old Testament, here in Romans it specifically applies to the example of Christ’s life. Verse four of today’s text tells us that what was written about Christ was written to teach us. —J.R. Hudberg


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