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The Walk to Emmaus (Rabel)

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This is a series of lectures given by Mr. Edward Rabel, member of the faculty of S.M.R.S.
Winter semester 1976 - 2nd. Yr. Class. Lecture given on June 15, 1976

Luke 24:13-35, p. 319 of transcript.

24:13And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem. 24:14And they communed with each other of all these things which had happened. 24:15And it came to pass, while they communed and questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 24:17And he said unto them, What communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk? And they stood still, looking sad. 24:18And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Dost thou alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these days? 24:19And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:24:20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.24:21But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass. 24:22Moreover certain women of our company amazed us, having been early at the tomb; 24:23and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24:24And certain of them that were with us went to the tomb, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 24:25And he said unto them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 24:26Behooved it not the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory? 24:27And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

24:28And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go further. 24:29And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them. 24:30And it came to pass, when he had sat down with them to meat, he took the bread and blessed; and breaking it he gave to them. 24:31And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 24:32And they said one to another, Was not our heart burning within us, while he spake to us in the way, while he opened to us the scriptures? 24:33And they rose up that very hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 24:34saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 24:35And they rehearsed the things that happened in the way, and how he was known of them in the breaking of the bread.

The next incident appears in “Harmony of the Gospels”, Page 244, Luke 24:13-32, which is concerning the two disciples on their way to Emmaus.

Jesus appears to them and says, "And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

So that the things concerning Jesus Christ actually begin in Exodus in our Bible. There is where Jesus actually first appears in the Bible, under different character-symbolism. This is a very interesting point that is often not noticed. Then we are told, also, "And their eyes were opened." Probably these two people knew their Bible thoroughly. Here their eyes were opened because of interpretation. In the earlier parts, Jesus is mostly a symbol of spiritual awareness, and finally He ceases to be a symbol, and then He is the Christ. You see, the business of metaphysical Bible interpretation is quite old; and Jesus, as we see here, was, if not the first, one of the first to promote it.

Text of the original transcript at the 3rd paragraph of p.319.
Transcribed by Margaret Garvin on 04-16-2014