“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of he Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey form the comb. By them in your servant warned; in keep them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7–11)
The psalmist regarded the Law of the Lord as a perfect curriculum and effective teacher. To know the Law is to know the mind of God, the true Teacher of Israel, since God Himself gave the law to Israel through Moses.
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—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.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today, we pray for Your guidance, clarity, and understanding of Your Word, that we might truly understand how to apply the Scriptures to our daily lives. Abba, You have taught us for over 2,000 years, and yet some still miss the most important lesson of all. That You desire to have a close and personal relationship with You through Christ or Lord. Help us when we read, to clearly see and hear what it is You are teaching us at that time. Help us when those who only know some Scripture and misquote You, that we might see the difference and articulate the Word to and for them. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“One who can kneel before God, can stand up to anything.”
“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” (Deuteronomy 32:2)
As the great interpreter of the Law, Moses was regarded as the teacher par excellence in Israel. ‘My teaching’ (“my doctrine”0 means literally, ‘my taking,’ That is to say the teachings of Moses were first ‘taken’ from God on Mount Sinai. These God-breathed teachings renewed the Israelites just as showers from heaven refresh the parched earth. As Israel’s great teacher, Moses set an example not only for the Old Testament prophets, but for every person called to be a minister of he Word today. He took from God and gave vital, refreshing words to the people.
“Education, Priests”: (Malachi 2:6-8)
Every teacher of the Word of God has something in common with the priests of Israel, who bore primary responsibility for teaching the people. As messengers of the Lord, God-called teachers are responsible for the accuracy and soundness of their instruction. When they carry out their teaching duties faithfully, they will have an impact on he behavior of individuals and on the moral standards of the community.
Second Thought of the Day:
“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.” (Acts13:1)
Some interpreters believe Luke intended to make no distinction between the prophets and teachers named here. The prophet speaks a fresh word from the Lord; the teacher helps believers deepen their understanding of the word of the Lord, especially in relation to the Scriptures.
A prophetic insight often comes in an instructional situation, and the prophetic message frequently serves as a stimulus to learning. By their very nature, prophecy and teaching are companion functions.