Words from the Heart for Saturday July 11th, 2020
A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.
Luke 6:40 (RSV)
Like His Teacher
When the Province of Ontario announced in April 2019 that there would be teacher layoffs, the minister of education in Nova Scotia said he would love to entice those laid off teachers to come to his maritime province. Minister Zach Churchill said, “We enjoy poaching good people from one another and that’s great to have a kind of a competitive process like that in our country, but we think there might be some specific opportunities for recruitment out of Ontario right now considering what’s happening.”
We miss a lot in the Gospels when we don’t understand the culture of Israel in Jesus’ day. Israel was filled with rabbis – teachers who taught the Word of God to their followers. They were highly regarded by their students, who were intent on becoming just like their rabbi. They mimicked him in every way – not only following what he taught, but also dressing, speaking and acting just like him. You still see that today in Israel. Within the ultra-Orthodox community, you can tell who is following which rabbi by the hat and coat they wear. Jesus taught this in Luke 6:40: “A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.” Jesus called a group of people to follow Him. They sat and listened to every word that He taught. But the Christian life is more than just listening to Jesus’ teaching. His followers are called to think, speak and act just like Him. When the world looks at us, they should see Jesus. This can only happen as we keep so close to Him that we know Him intimately. Only then will we be like our teacher and Saviour, Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.