I took great pride in my academic accomplishments, especially getting a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. I would finally be making a lot of money. However, that all changed when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I had to go on disability and give up my occupational therapy career. I was devastated. However, I cried out to God for help. God helped me to see that I had a passion for learning and diverted my passion for earthly knowledge to knowledge of His Word. I was introduced to Jesus as my Teacher through the Holy Spirit. My passion for knowledge of His Word grew as God called me into a writing ministry for His glory. I was called to write, teach, speak and counsel according to God’s Word. I thanked God for Jesus being my teacher of His Word.
“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master” (Matthew 10:24, NIV).
WHAT’S IN A WORD?
To teach is “to provide a person with knowledge, insight” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary). It is “to instruct by precept, example, or experience” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary). It is “a teacher of what is good” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words).
In God’s Word, we study forever His precious precepts. We can thank God that we have a guide to teach us what to do in any situation through the Holy Spirit. Jesus teaches us the way we should go as our Teacher.
“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).
Read Matthew 5:1-2. What did Jesus see?
Where did He go?
What did He do when His disciples came to Him?
Jesus desired for His followers to understand His teaching. He used lessons which they could live by. We have the precious Word of God which holds the teaching of Jesus.
“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world’” (Matthew 13:34-35, NIV).
Read Matthew 13:34-35. How did Jesus speak to the crowds?
What did He not say anything to them except this?
What was fulfilled through the prophet?
Jesus spoke through parables to teach His followers. He used simple teaching to drive home the point He was making. Through this, Jesus fulfilled the prophet’s words that He spoke in parables.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples’” (Luke 11:1, NIV).
Read Luke 11:1. What was Jesus doing?
What was the request of one of His disciples?
What did he compare his request to?
The disciples observed Jesus going to solitary places to pray. Through this, they learned the importance of prayer. After this verse, Jesus answered the disciple’s request through what we call the Lord’s prayer.
“Jesus replied, ‘All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you’” (John 14:25-26, NIV).
Read John 14:25-26. What did Jesus do while still with the disciples?
Who is the Advocate?
In Whose name with the Father send the Holy Spirit?
What will the Holy Spirit do?
The Holy Spirit reminds us of all things that Jesus taught in His Word. We can praise God for giving us an advocate which will illuminate Scriptures for us to understand them.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE
Jesus was indeed our Teacher. He taught parables to His disciples for them to understand. In the same way, He teaches us through His Word as we meditate on His parables.
Name a time when you were confused.
How did you reach out to God?
What Scripture spoke to you during this time?
How did Jesus teach you His precepts found in His Word?
How did the Holy Spirit illuminate your mind to understand His Word?
How did you praise Jesus for ridding you of your confusion?
Jesus is the Teacher of His Word. We will understand His parables which He spoke in the New Testament through the Holy Spirit. We can praise God for giving us His Word so that we no longer have to be confused about what to do.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the Teacher, Jesus Christ. Thank You for sending Him to die for our sins as well as teaching in parables so that we can understand. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
NUGGETS OF WISDOM
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself. Galileo
The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who has his spirit will find in it a hidden manna. Thomas a Kempis