Jesus teached with authority

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INTRODUCTION

Today January 31, 2021, Mc 1,21-28  is read. It’s about how Jesus teached.

 

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf ). Lesus teaches in the synagogue in CApjharnaum with authory

Mc 1,21-28 says:

1:21 They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day  he entered into the synagogue and taught.
1:22 They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
1:2 4 saying, “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!”
1:25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
1:26 The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
1:27 They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching? For with authority, he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”
1:28 The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.

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The message

 

www.stepstudyteach.com talks quite well with this issue. It  says among others:

“!It was often said of Jesus that he taught with something unique – authority” 

 
Jesus talked once about his teaching.
In John 12:49-50  we read:
2:49 For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. ”
This may reveal the authority in his teaching.

Jesus was a great teacher and as I believe, God is a divine teacher talking with the language of its “students”. So did Jesus. Jesus wanted them to understand.

As a teacher, this text makes me think about my own teaching.
How did I teach? I did not teach with a  severe voice.
I also wanted my students to understand.
I asked them to answer a few questions after each lesson, to know if my message came to them. This was done in a so-called “exit work”. When they compiled that paper, a kind of form with questions and space for answers, they could leave the classroom.
. I liked to see my students happy and sometimes also laugh. I liked them to be active, answering questions and opinions. I invited also the students who had difficulties learning, to share their views.
One of these students once surprised me with astonishing good answers. He became so proud that the whole class listened to him and developed his thoughts.
I hope that some of what i taught remained in their memories.
 talked many years ago with a old teacher. She siad “I am happy if  just one student has listen to me.”
I went to town once with a class. I sat with a student and talked with him. He told me that with my lessons he sees life with new eyes giving me a few examples of how he e.g.  looked at trees. He made me happy and I remembered what the old teacher once said. “I am happy if just one student has listened to me.”

Jesus had 12 “students” who listened to him and even spread his teaching around the Mediterranean.

I would be disappointed if they listened to him only because he made miracles.
Jesus  maybe showed authority not by raising fingers and loud, severe voice,
I can not compare myself with him. I was a human Science teacher. with no entanglement to God, like a Prophet or Jesus.

But I think that we teacher should think about what “Teaching with authority is” if we want one to listen to and learn from us.

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conclusion

The reading of Mark today is not only  a teaching about Jesus but also a moment to reflect on how we guide our youth and next, as neighbors, friends, fathers and teachers. 

I believe that we gain authority by trying to be in harmony with yourself and calm and looking at and  listening to those who you’re talking to. Like Jesus must have been. And of course, you must love your students. I failed with that some of my last lessons.

It is not easy to be a good teacher but we must do our best. Following Jesus commandments is a good teaching strategy.


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