Teacher, Teacher!

Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer.

4-7 “Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’

8-10 “Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do!

Mathew 23:1-10

In this passage of scripture, we see that Jesus warned us that following man's example will lead us down the wrong path. Roman's 3:23 Says that all people sin and all people fall short of living as a perfect reflection of God's character. If all people do things apart from God's will over their life and all fall short of the glory of God, then wouldn't even preachers, pastors, musicians and church leaders also fall short of our own expectations for living a perfect life?

When we put people on the pedestal that only God was made to occupy we will inevitably end up confused and disappointed. Instead, Scripture teaches us that we should listen to their teaching but not follow their example. The same way that Paul (1 Cor 11:1) said follow me as (only in the way that) I follow Christ. For any way that people fall short, we are to refer to Jesus and pick up in scripture where people fall off in everyday life.

Furthermore, what student would not listen to doctrine and go back to their teacher and say "Teacher, teacher! I heard this at the coffee shop, is this true?" In that same way, no one, not even I, am to be called "Teacher" lest we confuse man's imperfect doctrine with the true teaching of Jesus. Everything must be taken back to our true teacher Jesus and the helper He sent, God's Holy Spirit, and stand true against all that they reveal. By checking everything against the spirit and the teaching of Jesus in scripture we avoid being misled by man's imperfect and inevitably tainted interpretation of God's word and avoid being disappointed when people get things wrong!

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