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Teaching With Authority

Luke 4:32

They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

IMG_0301Our reading plan this week had us in Luke’s Gospel – as we began reading the entire New Testament in 40-days. I have enjoyed it so far and hope you do as well. Are you keeping up? We’re on day 3 of the 40-day plan. We’ll have Saturday and Sunday to catch up if we get behind.

I think it was in Tuesday’s reading that I found today’s passage. The people were so amazed that Jesus spoke/taught with such authority. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 4:31–37 – 31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

We’ve all probably know people like Cliff Clavin from the TV show Cheers – know-it-all wannabes – who want you to think they know-it-all – but rarely strike you as believable or truthful. At times they get it right – but most times they are just full of hot air and like to hear themselves talk.

If we’ve never known someone like that – maybe we know someone who can talk for hours on end without saying much at all? Maybe we’ve known teachers that didn’t seem to be up on the subject they were supposed to be teaching? How about someone who seemed to know the facts or the details of something but hadn’t personally experienced what they were trying to teach?

Maybe we’ve known people like these examples. I imagine that the teachers of the law – the keepers of the law – the rabbis of Jesus’ day – often came across as these types of persons. They seemed to know what they were talking about – but maybe they didn’t have a personal relationship with the God they taught about or presented to the people. They might have been like a salesman who doesn’t really use the product they were selling.

Jesus wasn’t like these. Jesus had a personal relationship with the Father. Jesus taught out of a personal experience of faith – and actually had zeal and enthusiasm for that He was teaching. Jesus taught with authority – over disease – over the elements – over the grave.  There is nothing worst than listening to someone who doesn’t believe or hasn’t experienced what they are speaking about – am I right?

This is one reason I strongly suggest that we walk daily with Jesus – that we develop and grow a personal relationship with Jesus. A personal relationship that our children – our parents – our family – our co-workers – and friends can see in us – through us – and in spite of us.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 4, 2015 - Posted by | Book Review, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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