Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Best teacher, textbook, subject

On Luke 24:27, CHS has great thoughts,:

"The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and he was not ashamed to exercise his calling before an audience of two persons, neither does he now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for till he is made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.

"This unrivalled tutor used as his class-book the best of books. Although able to reveal fresh truth, he preferred to expound the old. He knew by his omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets, he showed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reasoning, or reading human books, but meditation upon the Word of God. The readiest way to be spiritually rich in heavenly knowledge is to dig in this mine of diamonds, to gather pearls from this heavenly sea. When Jesus himself sought to enrich others, he wrought in the quarry of Holy Scripture.

"The favoured pair were led to consider the best of subjects, for Jesus spake of Jesus, and expounded the things concerning himself. Here the diamond cut the diamond, and what could be more admirable? The Master of the House unlocked his own doors, conducted the guests to his table, and placed his own dainties upon it. He who hid the treasure in the field himself guided the searchers to it. Our Lord would naturally discourse upon the sweetest of topics, and he could find none sweeter than his own person and work: with an eye to these we should always search the Word. O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!" (Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning/Evening for January 18 pm)

Best teacher, best textbook, best subject. Jesus didn't bring forth new revelation, but opened up the old.


tobekiwi said...

Amen! "Here the diamond cut the diamond..." Wouldn't you have loved to have been in on that conversation along the road? "Did not our hearts burn within us?" Bible exposition has a way of doing that.

Robert said...

How true and wonderful this is. We get to read the Bible under the administration of the Spirit, Who opens our eyes to the truth of the Word. I am so anxious for the day when I will be with Jesus and away from my sinful, earthly desires...which keep me from being in the Word (reading, abiding, living) more than I am now.

DJP said...

Yes, Tobekiwi, a thousand amens.

Now here's the challenge: when I hear myself saying that, I remind myself that this is exactly what I have in all four Gospels as it is. Of course, there's never "enough Jesus," in a way. A thousand-thousand years from now, we still will not have heard from Him all He has to say, nor all we need to hear.

Wendy said...

"and he was not ashamed to exercise his calling before an audience of two persons, neither does he now refuse to become the teacher of even one."

I have only recently begun to realize what a joy this is. Losing a little bit of sleep is nothing compared to the wonder of spending time with the Teacher daily and being to able to "see" my eyes being opened to truth of His word.

I was once completely separated from God, deserving of His wrath, but now I am a child of God and what earthly father doesn't want to teach his child *something*? And our Heavenly Father, the Creator, attends to our teaching Himself with the Holy Spirit.

What a humbling thought that is.

If only my heart was always teachable.

Logan Paschke said...

What I got from this was that Jesus preached to two people.

Which was the size of my adult sunday school class last week (not including myself and my class director).


Ted Bigelow said...

Great post. Thanks, Dan

Rachael Starke said...

My favorite part:

"He knew by his omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets,..."

Setting aside the historical fact that that's all He had (in an exclusively earthly manner of speaking), what a wonderful reminder that all of Scripture is about Him. Until I learned that more fully, I really neglected the Old Tesatment. Now, it's like a whole new world has opened up.

It also reminded me of one of the last conversations I had with one of my early spiritual fathers - a professor first at Bob Jones (where he taught until he quit, before they could kick him out, for being a "fulminating turncoat" over Calvinism), and then at Master's. He was dying of cancer, and I flew down to see him one last time. I remember asking him what he was most looking forward to about heaven. He instantly replied, "To seeing Jesus. I feel as if I've only known him as a two-dimensional figure until now. But to see him, and to learn from him, free of my sin and ignorance? That will be something."

This from a man who had taught the Bible for over fifty years. He's been in heaven for over eight years now, and I don't doubt what he hoped for is far beyond what he even imagined.

Terry Rayburn said...


Really important. Thanks.