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students learning from their teacher October 7 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Luke 6:17-49; Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 8:5-13; John 4:46b-54; Luke 7:11-17

Protégés

Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Was that teacher funny? Challenging? Well informed? An excellent communicator? Tenacious? Did the teacher make some personal investment into your life? Why did you want to be like that teacher? Sometimes it is not good when people want to be like their teachers. The Pharisees and other spiritual leaders were the teachers in Jesus' day, but they taught one thing and lived another. Jesus said in Luke 6:40, “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher,” (NIV). This is a sobering thought for conscientious leaders, parents and teachers. Who do you want to be like? Who do you want your followers to be like?

In Luke 6:17-49 we see the master teacher, Jesus Christ, teaching masses of people who came to hear him (Bible scholars and students debate whether this account is the same event as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. However, Luke omitted Jesus' teaching about the Jewish Law mentioned in Matthews account probably because he wrote to a Gentile audience). As recorded in Luke 6, Jesus really wanted the crowds to question whom they were following. To whom will you give your allegiance? The religious leaders followed the legality of the Mosaic Law but failed to interpret it with justice and mercy. A true relationship with God is necessary for a true dispensation of the Scriptures. Because the religious leaders rejected Christ they were blind to the truth. They were blind leaders leading the blind. How could spiritually blind leaders lead their disciples into truth? They would certainly lead their protégés to build their spiritual houses on uncertain, sinking and shifting sand instead of a firm foundation of the truth found in Christ.

How do we know who is speaking the truth and who is living a lie? Jesus said we should watch their deeds and listen to what they say (Luke 6:43-45). Do they do good or evil? Do they speak the truth or hedge on it?

Another example of whom we should follow is found in the account of the Centurion. The account is written in three of the four gospels. It is obvious from the multiple texts that this is one person whom Jesus wanted others to follow as an example. The Centurion was a man of faith. He sent for Jesus to come and heal his servant because he believed in Jesus. The religious leaders didn't. The Centurion took Jesus at his word and was rewarded for his faith. Whom will we copy? Will we follow a bad example of religion without relationship, or will we copy Jesus and the faith he extols?

Lessons to live by:

  • Be careful whom you follow. Watch their words and their deeds to see if they express truth and faith from a real relationship with Jesus Christ (more...).
  • Follow Jesus Christ and his ways.
  • Be someone impressive to imitate. Don’t impress them with your personality - impress them with your godly deeds and actions.

Today’s Bible Memory Verses: Titus 2:7-8

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (NIV)

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