Teaching and Dependence

Being a teacher has its good days and its…days. Each teacher desires their students to understand the content being taught and those “Aha!” moments are pretty neat. Most days I wonder, though, “Did they get it?” It can leave me pretty frustrated. Especially when I know that what is being taught is the most important subject of all. Not being arrogant, it’s just that it’s…God’s Word…

I had my own “Aha!” moment the other day, though.

I was reading Luke 24 to the students. Specifically, I read the “Road to Emmaus” verses and I realized…Jesus got frustrated too.

‘He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! ‘ Luke 24:25 (CSB)

Jesus spent his whole ministry preaching the good news that the kingdom of heaven was on earth. He spent years telling, showing, teaching them that he was the Messiah, God with them. He discussed the Scriptures with them revealing how he would take care of this sins of the world….by suffering. Yet, they still did not get it. So, he explains again…

‘Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures. ‘ Luke 24:26-27 (CSB)

DON’T YOU REMEMBER WHAT I SAID?!?! Ok…let me explain…again…

** One cool side note–When he said “Scriptures”, he was talking about the Old Testament. The New Testament hadn’t been written yet. **
  • Jesus started from the beginning, Genesis, and worked his way through the rest of the Old Testament.
  • Jesus interpreted the Scriptures for them.
  • He showed that the Old Testament was about him.

Surely, they would get it now. Right? Well…not right away. I have come to realize that I can teach the facts all I want yet for the students to truly understand I must be patient. I must wait for God to open their eyes to see the Scriptures in light of Jesus. I can’t open their eyes. Their “Aha! I get it!” moment is dependant on God and not me or themselves. Look back at the beginning of this story…

‘And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus himself came near and began to walk along with them. But they were prevented from recognizing him. Then he asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged. ‘ Luke 24:15-17 (CSB)

They were walking and talking with Jesus himself. Yet, they were prevented from recognizing him. Then…later…this happens….

‘It was as he reclined at the table with them that he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. ‘ Luke 24:30-31 (CSB)

Their eyes WERE OPENED to recognize him. The word “διηνοίχθησαν” means “fully opened” and it’s in the passive voice. This means that they didn’t make themselves recognize Jesus but were playing a passive role in the action taken upon them.

So, here is my take away…

  1. It is okay to be frustrated…but let it drive you to keep teaching/preaching the good news.
  2. All Scripture MUST be interpreted through the lens of Jesus…it is how he, himself, interpreted them. To do otherwise falls short of their purpose.
  3. While I plan and strategize my teachings, the “Aha!” moments are dependant on God and not me.
  4. Therefore, I don’t teach out of fear but out of love for God, His Word, and its hearers.

What are your thoughts?

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