Christ: The Righteous Teacher
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 14 March 2017
14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. 19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? 20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee? 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel. 22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. 23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. 25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
oncerning the source of His teachings, Jesus assured His hearers that He had been instructed by God. Unlike the rabbis, He claimed no long chain of human traditions. He insisted that He was not without precedence: His teachings are from the One who hath sent Him from Heaven.
Jesus then went on to prove to them that divine authentication of one’s teaching is not based on rabbinical schools or traditions that one can claim. Instead, it is the moral or righteous character of teaching and practice of those who teach the Word that prove the authenticity of one’s teaching. Jesus also said that if they would practise the will of the Father, they would know whether His teachings were of God or not (v.17).
Concerning His own teachings, He claimed that He taught in obedience to the Father (v.17). He said in verse 18 that “he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” He was not seeking self-glory at the expense of the truth of the Father. Instead, He was totally dedicated to the glory of God.
Jesus then went on to prove their error by showing that they were not obeying or glorifying God in their intentions and deeds. He said in verse 19 that they did not even keep the Law of Moses, else they would not have tried to kill Him. They then charged that He was a demonised or insane person (v.20). So Jesus tried to prove the truth of His claim concerning the Jews. He reminded them that when He exposed their error of opposing His healing of the paralytic man they attempted to murder Him. This discussion even provoked a response from the crowd against the leaders, which proved that they broke the law by seeking to kill Him (v.25).
A good teacher must expound the Word correctly and must apply it to the lives of the hearers that sins and hypocrisy may be rooted out.
Be a living sermon!
Lord, grant us righteous and faithful preachers of Your Word.