Words from the Heart for Monday April 13th, 2020
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)
He Began to Teach Them
Normal Schools were first established by provincial departments of education in mid-19th-century British North America as institutions to train teachers for the rapidly expanding tax-supported public education systems of the day. The term “normal” derived from France’s École normale supérieure of the 1790s, and implied that teaching methods used therein would become the norm for all schools within the government’s jurisdiction. For a century or more, Canadian normal schools remained under the direct control of provincial departments of education.
Most of us can look back on our school days and remember a teacher who had an impact on our lives. It might have been the way they taught, or the time they took with us, or their interest in our lives outside of school. We remember them with fondness the rest of our lives. There was no greater teacher than Jesus. Even those who opposed Him recognized that He taught with an authority that no other rabbi had. It was so from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Matthew 5:1-2 says, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” This is the beginning of the sermon on the mount, a compilation of the teaching of Jesus. Thankfully His early followers recorded what He said, so we have the privilege of studying what He taught. I love having Jesus as my teacher. Not only does He teach me through the Bible, but His abiding presence in my life through the Holy Spirit helps my all-too-human brain comprehend what He is teaching me. How has Jesus, your teacher, taught you recently? And how have you put this into practice?
These have been words from the heart.