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Lesson # Matt. 10:24-25
Study Material - Matt. 10:24-25
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24 The disciple [mathetes] is [esti] not [ou] above [huper] his master [didaskalos] , nor [oude] the servant [doulos] above [huper] his [autos] lord [kurios] .
25 It is enough [arketos] for the disciple [mathetes] that [hina] he be [ginomai] as [hos] his [autos] master [didaskalos] , and [kai] the servant [doulos] as [hos] his [autos] lord [kurios] . If [ei] they have called [kaleo] the master of the house [oikodespotes] Beelzebub [Beelzeboul] , how much [posos] more [mallon] shall they call them of his [autos] household [oikiakos] ? KJV-Interlinear
24 'A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. 25 'It is enough for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! NAS
Christ teaches truth and also reminds us of our place in this universe. In chapter 10, Christ gives warnings of what it is to become a follower of Him. The road will not always be a smooth one. Throughout the His ministry, Christ had to remind and reprimand the Apostles for their ambitions and arrogance. And here we have the lessons which He taught repetitively such that the hearers will learn and eventually understand just what He meant.
Though he is speaking to the Apostles, He is also speaking to all believers throughout history, 'a disciple', ' a slave', this is the third person and refers to anyone who is willing to become a student of Christ, just as you have elected to become His pupil, or disciple. By the way, disciple means pupil. We probably prefer to think of ourselves as students and the Bible being our instructor. We are students without portfolio. We come to Christ with nothing. We have nothing to offer. We have nothing to contribute.
Even the world will remind us that we are nothing. Remember that Beelzebul is a profanity reference to Jesus as being the master of the 'dung heap.' We have other words in our vocabulary, but I'm sure you get the drift. So too, the world reminds us that, by this phrase, that we are no better than our teacher, that we are no better than our master, that we serve the 'dung heap.' But then, who cares what the world thinks anyway.
There are those in the Middle East that call us the 'Great Satan.' It seems to impress those who don't like us anyway, and all evil types will rally to words. Words are all they have. Likewise in our individual environments we will have adversaries. Just remember what they say so you can keep your sights straight and your arrogance in check. What adversaries have to say is of no importance, but sometimes their words help us to recall the important principles of doctrine, and thus they in this very odd way, help us to maintain our spiritual stability.
Florence Nightingale wrote in her diary: 'I am thirty years of age, the age at which Christ began His mission. Now, no more childish things, no more vain things.' Years later, near the end of her life, she was asked the secret of her ability to accomplish so much. She replied, 'I can give only one explanation, and that is this: I have served God through Jesus Christ. Nothing more.' So if you grow very old and someone asks you how you got so old, don't come up with a dorky comment like a cigar and shot of bourbon a day. The truth is that by the grace of God, you are what you are. Nothing more, and nothing less.
A student is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. A disciple (pupil) is beneath, or of a lower rank, than his teacher in knowledge and wisdom, and a slave is beneath his master in authority, social and economic standing. A disciple who is genuinely a disciple learns from his teacher, and a slave who genuinely is a slave obeys his master.
Man's volition is represented by the figure of disciple and teacher, and God's sovereignty is represented by that of slave and master. The two illustrations unite to emphasize that the first and most obvious principle of discipleship - submission. We ignore the call of the world through our sin nature and voluntarily submit ourselves to the will of God through our intake of His Word. We ignore the peer pressures of the world and voluntarily use (obey) the principles of doctrine in the functions of our life. Our loyalty is to God and not to the world.
After David finally became king of Israel, there was still some scattered loyalty to the family of Saul, despite Saul's poor showing as a ruler. Abner, the commander of Saul's army, refused to recognize David as king and managed to temporarily establish Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, as ruler over part of the kingdom for a period of two years. But when Ish-bosheth made a foolish and ill-founded accusation against Abner, the commander came to his senses, finally realizing how unqualified Ish-bosheth was to rule and how foolish his own thinking had been in opposing David, God's chosen and anointed man for leadership, 2 Sam. 2-3.
The Abners of the world pursue the world in their misguided loyalties. God calls them to abandon their foolish allegiances to false leaders and gods and to become subjects of Jesus Christ, God's anointed Savior and Lord.
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End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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