“And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. ‘The Teacher is here,’ she said, ‘and is asking for you.’” (John11:28)
Jesus’ followers confessed Christ as “Messiah” and “son of God.” They addressed him as “Teacher” because that was the role he most often filled.
Friends are most likely to know our true identity. It is significant, therefore, that Martha called Jesus “Teacher” when telling her sister of His arrival to their home at Bethany.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today, we specifically address Jesus our Lord as Teacher, for that was why You sent Him to us. He not only taught using parable and real-life examples, but He also model His faith for all of us who saw Him in His earthly ministry, but also through Holy Scripture. We seek to walk in His footsteps as best as we can, but our desire is to always walk in Your will. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus is our ROCK and we are on His ROLL.”
“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” (Luke4:14-15)
Jesus began His public ministry with the activity that became His trademark—-teaching. The synagogue was a logical place to do this single instruction was central to all synagogue services. The people were amazed that His interpretations were unique and original, for only rabbi were permitted to teach with the authority conferred upon them by their masters.
“Education, Jesus”: (Mark12:14, 32)
Once again, we see the religious leaders, specifically the Sadducees, attempting to catch Jesus in a situation whereby they could trip Him up. They ask about those who were married multiple times and die, and so whose wife would she be when she dies? Jesus jumped on them pretty fast. Asking if they were not in error, for not knowing Scripture or the power of God! Whoa, Nelly, He just cut them off at the knees, so to speak. In verse 27 he states to them, “he is not the God of the dead, but the living. You are badly mistaken!” Then you have one of the teachers of the Law, challenging Jesus on the most important commandment is this: “hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’
Second Thought of the Day:
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Matthew7:28-29)
The simple answer is that the teachers of the Law did not have authority of interpretation. They simply taught the Law as it was written, period. Jesus, on the other hand, taught as the rabbi’s did in synagogue, interpreting Scripture to the people, though in a unique manner than anyone had ever done before.
Jesus’ interpretations were original and the people were quite simply amazed at how He taught. In those days, only ordained rabbis were permitted to offer unique interpretations of the Law. The function of he scribes, the ordinary teachers of the Law was to repeat what had been established by rabbinic authority. Jesus did not fit into this mold. Any of us who have ever been in an educational setting and you have one who comes in and throws out some original thoughts and gets everyone excited about things they have never thought of before, would understand the 1st century Jews and how amazed they were at Jesus’ teaching. Now consider it was God in your classroom, trying to make you think!!!