“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in our truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teachers them his way.” (Psalm25:4–9)
The Lord Himself was the true Teacher of Israel. All others—-Moses, priests, prophets, and parents—-were His “teaching assistants.” All who teach in the name of God teach by His authority and share His purpose.
His purpose is to guide learners in His truth. This “truth” is not a set of abstract doctrines, but a way of life. To learn from this Teacher is to walk in the path which He shows us. Clear?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, as You teach Abba, we all become your teaching assistants and we are both humbled and honored to be Your assistants. Each day, we have another opportunity to learn more about our God and also what His instruction is for the day. We ought to be anxiously waiting for the mere opportunity of our God taking the time to teach us. Today, we rededicate ourselves to learning all we can from You, from Your Word, and all that we can glean from our own lives. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you want your neighbor to see what Christ can do for them, let them see what Christ did for you.”
“God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?” (Job36:22)
The Bible represents God as the divine Educator. He reveals Himself to His people by instructing them in wisdom and knowledge. He calls co-teachers or assistants into His service, but the Lord Himself is their exemplar as Teacher and the ultimate source of their subject matter.
“Education, God”: (Jeremiah32:33)
Even when God Himself was their Teacher, the children of Judah failed to learn. God’s teaching included punishment and discipline for His people. Even divine discipline failed. What more forceful way to illustrate the necessity of the learner’s willing participation in the teaching -learning transaction? When we resist learning, no one can teach us, beloved.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Jews were amazed and asked, ‘How did this man get such learning without having studied?’ Jesus answered, ‘My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.’” (John7:14-17)
Jesus acknowledged a principle deeply embedded in the Old Testament concept of education. God is the Teacher of His people. Just as Moses received the Law from God, so Jesus identified God as the Author of His teaching.
Note, too, that one can appropriate this teaching only by doing God’s will. Learning is putting newly acquired knowledge into action through our own lives, for all the world to see and comment on. Understand?