World Watch

News~Doctrine~Prophecy

The Education of Jesus Christ and His Disciples

As an introductory background to the studies of the Gospels, this is an article on the Education of the young Jesus which prepared him for his ministry, which began when he was thirty years old.   

For the past two millennia man has wondered about the nature of the child Jesus.  Was he a man with no pre-existence?  [Obviously NOT]  Was he a God?  [NO]   Was he a mix of God and man, having been impregnated by the Father in an act of sinful adultery with Mary? [Obviously NOT, for God does not sin]

The biblical truth is: Man was made flesh after the God kind, with the potential for the flesh to become spirit at God’s will!, or for the spirit to be made flesh! Gen 1:26.  Which meant that the very Creator willingly gave up his God-hood and was transformed into a tiny human embryo and then paced in the womb of Mary by God the Father. 

Jesus Christ was of the God kind, as are all human beings; but in the flesh he was NOT God!  Jesus was MAN, having given up his God-hood.  Yet after his sacrifice and resurrection he was returned to the glory he had with the Father before the creation! 

This process is a lesson for us that we are but men, yet we have the potential to be changed by God into his true spirit children, to become little God’s, to become the spiritual children of God; IF we become spiritually become like God by internalizing and keeping the whole Word of God! 

The Creator had given up his God-hood and become a human embryo to be placed in the womb of Mary, there to grow to birth as any normal fertilized would do. 

In the womb he was filled full with the holy spirit of the Father; and when he was born he knew nothing like any other babe, so that he could fully experience the process of learning of God as Adam would have if he had not sinned. 

Yet filled full with the holy spirit of the Father, which Adam did not have; Jesus followed that spirit of the Father to become a faithful son; internalizing the whole nature of God to overcome all temptation and gave his physical life completely [pictured by the burnt offering] to his Father!  Resulting in his resurrection back to spirit and the God-hood that he had previously had with the Father .

Jesus education began with his parents who would have taught him what they iknew as well as about the circumstances of his birth.

Jesus became a fully trained Rabbi and even at the age of twelve was already discussing the scriptures with the Doctors of the Law.

The Education of the young Jesus prepared him for his ministry, which ministry began when he was thirty years old.  Jesus was a fully trained Rabbi, and even at the age of twelve was already discussing the scriptures with the Doctors of the Law. 

Jesus formal education as a religious Jew would have been the same as other religious Jews seeking the office of  a Doctor of the Scriptures and he may well have studied at least for a time with Gamaliel who was considered the greatest Bible scholar of his day; along with other students possibly even Shaul [Saul, Paul]. 

That would fit nicely with the wise advice of Gamaliel concerning Rabbi Yeshua [Jesus], and the early animosity of Shaul who would have regarded Jesus as an apostate not understanding  His teachings until Saul’s mind was opened directly by Christ on the road to Damascus.

What is the truth about the education of Jesus Christ, the apostles and the youth of Judea in the first century?

A first century Jewish education

Bet Sefer

When Jesus was around six years old, like every other little six-year-old Jewish boy he would have gone to a local synagogue school called a Bet Sefer. It means house of the book. In the days of Moses and Joshua a synagogue or school system of education was set up to be run by the Levites.  The godliness of these schools often fluctuated into paganism as David prophesied in Psalm 74:8  They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 

Then after the punishment and captivity in Babylon  some of the Jews to Judea and the godly synagogue education system  was restored by Ezra. This system continued until the Roman wars when the Temple and the religion of the Judean Pharisees and Sadducees was destroyed; to be succeeded by the followers of Yeshua [Jesus] and the Babylonian Pharisees who developed into the modern rabbinate of today. 

From the days of Ezra until the Roman wars in Judea, a child usually attended a Bet Sefer from age 6 to age 10.

This school would be attended five or six days a week . There would be a local synagogue teacher who would begin teaching the Books of Moses; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy; along with reading, writing and other subjects of a general basic education.

It is said that on the first day of class a rabbi would give each child some honey. He would then say, “Now class, There is nothing sweeter, than honey, taste the honey”. And as the students tasted, the teacher would say, “May the words of God be sweet to your taste, sweeter than honey to your mouth” (Psalm 119:103). May the words of God be the most pleasurable, the most enjoyable thing you could ever comprehend.

And so as a child you were introduced to the Scriptures as there was nothing more enjoyable in the entire universe than; tasting, receiving and fully learning an I nternalizing the words of God and making them a part of your life.

This is how Jewish boys were introduced to the Scriptures. From ages 6-10 they would be taught the entire five Books of Moses as well as the “ABCs” of reading writing and arithmetic and completed the Bet Sefer schooling.

Bet Talmud

Bet Talmud means house of learning and does not refer to the Talmud compiled hundreds of years later. Roughly from ages 10-14 in Bet Talmud you would learn the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures all the way to Malachi.

When Jesus parents found him in the Temple He was how old? (12) And what do they find Him doing? Mark 2:46 says, “they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.” When it came to Scripture Jesus was the best of the best. He knew how to question and answer. Why? His basic Synagogue education, coupled with his zeal and the inspiration of his Father in Heaven.

Bet Midrash

Now, at the end of your study at Bet Talmud, when you were around 14-15 years old, you would proceed to learn a trade; or if you were interested in advanced religious studies you would go and seek out a respected and knowledgeable Rabbi to study with.

The rabbi would ask you lots of questions, to find out if you were a suitable candidate for a discipleship. This was because each rabbi wanted to teach very advanced studies designed to make the novice into a rabbi himself. This was akin to a modern Bible School to train people for the ministry, although much more personal, like having a personal tutor, and was called the yoke of learning. This rabbi wanted to know, when he was questioning the applicant, his potential disciple: “Is this boy able to become a rabbi himself and to teach and spread my yoke?” So the rabbi would ask all kinds of questions.

And if the rabbi believed that you had potential to become a rabbi, He would say, “Lech Acharai – Come, follow me,”  and you would be accepted to become his disciple student ,and you would spend the next few years to learning from that rabbi.  Would Yeshua [Jesus] settle for anyone but the very best and wisest rabbi to apprentice to?  Would the teachers not have heard of this prodigy and seek him for their student?   There is much reason to believe that Jesus was trained by the leading scholar of his time Gamaliel.; and that he was trained alongside the brightest Jewish students of his day, perhaps Saul himself. 

At the age of 30 years the diligent student would “graduate” to become a Rabbi himself. Is it any wonder then that Yeshua [Christ] began his independent ministry at the age of 30?

Those spiritually called out ,are called to be disciples of Yeshua {Jesus] Christ the Messiah of humanity.

Bet-Yeshua [Jesus]

The calling of God the Father is to the school of discipleship to Jesus Christ [Bet-Yeshua] .

What was Jesus’ adult occupation?

What kind of job did Jesus have? He was a what? Do you know what? Jesus was a rabbi student until about the age of 30.

13 times in the New Testament Jesus is called a rabbi (Matthew 26:25,49; Mark 9:5; 11:21; 14:45; John 1:38,49; 3:2,26; 4:31; 6:25; 9:2; 11:8). 41 times He is called a teacher [rabbi means teacher].

Only one time is he called a carpenter (Mark 6:3).

The indication is that he did carpentry to finance his education; and as he approached the age of 30 when he was fully trained in all the scriptures he became a full fledged Rabbi and teacher of the law.

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come unto Me all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

This refers to the well understood [in his day] yoke of the Rabbi.  The yoke of the Rabbi and the yoke of Christ are to learn from Him, and to learn about all the things of God.

Now, almost all the rabbis would quiz the students and would choose the ones who were the best of the best of the best in religious studies as their disciples.

The students families paid the Rabbins for their education as one would do today in any Bible School. Therefore it was often the upper wealthier class who could pay the fees to learn to become a religious leader that ended up becoming the leaders of the Pharisees of the day.

Jesus worked to provide and care for his mother, brothers and sisters while paying for his rabbinic discipleship by working as a carpenter; and they would have supported him all they could.  he would have shared his wisdom with his family when at home resulting in the rapid spiritual growth of his brothers, some of whom later became his disciples.

Perhaps he got a kind of scholarship because of his zeal and ability; probably his brothers helped him as they could; in any case his life was not easy and was full of dedication to his Father’s business and the experience of life.  Jesus struggled to keep ends meeting, while working hard at learning and fully understanding the scriptures to a point well beyond the understanding of his learned teachers; and was not the rich man portrayed by some to justify their own extravagance!

Having likely left Nazareth for advanced studies with the wisest Rabbins in Jerusalem, quite possibly with the famous Gamaliel himself [remember that Jesus had already set this precedent at the age of 12]  Then when Jesus completed his formal training he went out to John to be baptized in the spring at the age of late 29 years old; and then out into  the wilderness to be tested by Satan.

After passing that test he returned to Nazareth where he called out to the 12 to come and follow him.

It is entirely possible that at least some of the 12 had studied the scriptures along with him in early childhood, or had been childhood acquaintances; and had known him; respecting his wisdom from their early years. Christ knew these men BEFORE he called them! There was nothing random in the calling of the apostles.

So what did Jesus tell those who wanted to follow Him? There are certain phrases Jesus gives in the Gospels that say, “If you do this thing, you are My disciples” or “If you don’t do this you can’t be My disciple.”

Since we are called by the Father to be the disciples of his Son; these phrases should carry profound meaning for each of us.

1. A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST LOVES THE FATHER AND KEEPS HIS COMMANDMENTS, JUST AS CHRIST LOVES AND OBEYS THE FATHER and KEEPS THE FATHER’S COMMANDMENTS:  A DISCIPLE OF BECOMES LIKE CHRIST, FOLLOWING HIS TEACHINGS AND EXAMPLE AND SO OBEYS THE FATHER AS CHRIST DOES!

Jesus said: “If you will enter life: keep the commandments”. John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Luke 14:26 says, If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. Now this does NOT mean that we should literally hate our relatives.

In Ephesians 5:25 it says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church“ But it does mean that our love for God and his commandments should be so strong, that we will be ready to give up all things for that “Pearl of Great Price”. Should you love your family? Yes! But love the Father and the Son; many times more!

Matthew 16:24 says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. To deny oneself means to say ‘no’ to personal desires and pleasures in order to say ‘yes’ to God.

It means that you put God on the throne in the very center of your life. It means denying and forsaking anything that hinders your walk with God (Luke 14:33). It means “seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). It means maintaining a passionate Christ-like zeal for the Father and all of his commandments.

2. A DISCIPLE IS CONSTANTLY INVOLVED IN LEARNING GOD’S WORD

In John 8:31 “Jesus said … ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeedaaaa’.

Every day you and I eat several times. If you do not eat for several days you will get weak and even shake. The only people who do not eat are either sick or dead. The same is true spiritually. The word of God is spiritual food. It is like milk, like water, like bread, like honey, like meat …

The people who do not eat [internalize] God’s word regularly will become either spiritually sick or spiritually dead.

That is why we must always be diligent to be faithful to our Beloved Espoused Husband and his Father, reading in God’s word, continually thinking on God’s Word, discussing with other faithful persons, discussing the word with our Father in prayer; and APPLYNG and LIVING what we learn! Following the example and instructions of Jesus Christ and obeying all the commandments of God with enthusiasm!

3. A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST LOVES GOD AND LOVES OTHER FAITHFUL BELIEVERS

John 13:35 says, By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. What kind of love is this? It is more than just the being polite and kind. 1 John 3:16 says, Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

By being willing to tell the truth in love and helping to focus others in the way to life eternal, we are showing far more love than those who would give a physical gift.

Love begins with loving God and all of his commandments enough to DO them at all times; and then progresses to love towards man.

The second great commandment does not eclipse the first for the first is the foundation of the second.

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Pro 27:5 Open rebuke [correction from error] is better than secret love.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Very often demonstrations and claims of love and of affection, are only a deceitful con job to lead men into following others to their own hurt and the advantage of that other.

BEWARE the man who says; “I love you, come and follow me, for to follow me is to follow God”: TEST him out by the word of God; because such men are con artists who will teach their own traditions and not stand on the word of God.

It is the man who insists that all men follow God and NOT themselves; that is far more likely to be of God.

Once any man or organization starts pushing love and organizational unity instead of a zeal to keep the Word of God; they have apostatized from God; for the godly man and organization will always push unity with God, and love for God and his commandments: Never organizational loyalty.

Unity with others and love for mankind is secondary to love for God and his commandments.

Loving God and all his commandments is the foundation upon which love for mankind is based; and NOT the other way around.

Those who are offended by God’s word and the person who teaches it; have no understanding of the love being offered to them that engenders the gift of eternal life to them. Love is NOT only a matter of saying “have a good day” and allowing a brother to rush to his destruction.

The shallowest and most superficial kind of love is about physical things; while the deepest and most sublime love,  is love on a spiritual plane!  We should love on BOTH the physical and in the spiritual levels.

4. A DISCIPLE PRODUCES GOOD SPIRITUAL FRUIT THAT REMAINS

In John 15 Jesus said, By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, … and that your fruit should remain; … so you will be My disciples.

God wants each of us to bear “fruit that remains” and to do that we must remain grafted into the true vine of Jesus Christ; who’s foundation is the Father!

Those who do not bear fruit will be gathered up and thrown into the fire.

In Mark 8:34 Jesus said to them, Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me. The Hebrew word for disciple, “limmud,” is only found once in the OT. The Greek word for disciple is, “mathetes”, and is used 269 times in the NT and there only in the Gospels and Acts.

Both of these words mean a “taught” or “trained” person.

Becoming a disciple of Jesus comes through being selected and called; by the Father!

Discipleship itself is a training process. Christians follow Christ by

1 By imitating His life and diligently following his example, that means that we are also to work hard at setting the very same good Christ-like example ourselves;

2 by obeying all of his Master’s instructions and commandments;

3 We are to diligently study as Jesus diligently studied throughout his lifetime.

2 Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are to copy the example of and internalize the full nature of Jesus Christ!

It is by their fruits that you shall discern the false from the true man of God:

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

I encourage you to make the Father and Christ your focus, to get close to them again; to walk with him and to walk as they walk, to live as they live!

He will not walk with you; if you will not live as he lived.

The book “Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith” By Marvin R. Wilson gives some good research on the Synagogue System in Judea in the first century.

A good elder should be fully versed in ALL the Holy Scriptures and be enthusiastically zealous for all the commandments of God; and his example of love for God and God’s commandments should be proven over a very lengthy period of time.

He should be seen as a good example of godliness and fully experienced and mature in the faith and in his personal life.

The Real Jesus was a man who went to school like any other youth in Judea and was taught the books of Moses from about the age of 6 until 10; then he went to religious High School with formal studies in the writings and the prophets; and finally went to Jerusalem for studies with the wisest and most scripturally learned men in the nation. 

It was then that he became a Rabbi at about the age of 30, and then only after passing testing, directly from Satan did he begin his ministry.

Some will be incensed at this truth, but tell me:  Do you really think, after all the miracles around his birth that his parents would neglect his education? 

Do you really think that a boy at the age of 12 who was found in the temple with the wise men of the scriptures, and who openly  declared that he must be about his Father’s business; would later neglect his Father’s business until the age of 30 and then suddenly appear fully educated in all the scriptures?

Brethren, Christ was dedicated to studying the scriptures and did so all of his life.  That should be no surprise to anyone.  Christ loved his Father and he would have been buried in the scriptures or in prayer throughout his life.

At the tender age of 12 Christ deeply impressed the wise men in Jerusalem at the Temple;  how much more would he have impressed them at 20?  25?  He was thoroughly learned in the Word of God and probably was well respected; until he began to go beyond their teachings of the letter of the law and began to teach the spirit and intent of the law. 

With that he passed beyond their understanding and offended the religious leaders of the time.

So it was that they demanded:  “Who taught you these things”  when he explained new things about the purpose and spirit of the scriptures; for they had never heard of such things before.

John 7:14   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.

Ordination

Although God may call any person at any time to be his personal representative [prophet] there is a definite and specific command about the minimum age and requirements for ordination to the ministry. 

The law clearly states that service in the temple is to begin at age 30 and run through age 50.

Num 4:23    From thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shalt thou number them; all that enter in to perform the service, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation. 

Please read all of Numbers 4 where you will find that command restated several times for the different families of Levi.  Let us be very careful on this;  the command was about serving in the heavy labor of the physical duties of the temple and so no one over 50 was expected to keep on with that heavy work.  Instead those over fifty could either retire or continue on as supervisors and teachers of the temple workers. 

From this came the understanding that the Levites were to train up until the age of thirty for the responsibilities and duties that they would be given at the age of thirty.  This commandment of God  is what the Ezra synagogue education system was based on.  It is also what ordination to should be based on. 

No ordination is acceptable to God unless:

1.  The man is at least 30 years old,

2.  Is or has been married,

3.  Has raised children,

4,  He must not be  a drunkard or dependent on alcohol or other drugs,

5. He must not be a person quick to anger,

6, He must be able to teach,

7.  Must be hospitable and patient,

8. Must have proven faithful zeal, to keep the whole Word of God,

9. Must never compromise God’s Word to an organization for a paycheck,

10.  Must never be ordained for charisma, talent or charm; loyalty to men, or organizational loyalty; and must ONLY be ordained for passionate zeal and loyalty to God,

11. Must not be a novice in the faith, but should have been in the faith for several years. It is highly recommended that he be in the faith at least 15 years,

12.  No person should be ordained by men; until it is clearly obvious that the person has the fruits of having been called to the office by God,

This is speaking of the ministry and deacons;  of course God his personal messengers the prophets at any age.  All of these things come from Numbers 4, or from Paul’s instructions.

1 Ti 3 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

By God’s Word nearly all of the HWA ordained elders were wrongfully ordained.  They have not rebuked sin and have not taught sound doctrine; which is the reason for the decline of the COG Groups today.  HWA himself did not meet these qualifications. 

Proper Bible Study

In fact we are ALL called to become priests of God, and the COG Organizations should plan their services around these things:

1.  Teaching through the five books of Moses as a foundation for,

2.  Teaching all the remaining scriptures of the Mosaic Covenant as a foundation for,

3.  Teaching the advanced spirit and intent of the Word of God by teaching the Gospels and Epistles,

4.  Which when the whole Book is completed, should be restudied in the same order throughout our lives to prepare us to be just like our Father for all eternity!  

This COG “Cow Path” through the bible; cherry picking what they want and avoiding anything they do not want to accept; is the easy road to destruction!  We must study, keep and fully internalize the whole Word of God, to be fit to teach these things to others; and to be fit for the resurrection to eternity!

Questions on the Education of Christ

Let me be very clear: I did not say,  nor did I intend to imply; that Jesus learned everything that he knew from the scriptural teachers of his day! 

He learned the scriptures, and then he meditated on them with the guidance of the spirit of the Father, and through the holy spirit understood the true meaning, the spirit and intent, the purpose; of the scriptures.

In his ministry Jesus Christ taught very different things than the teachers of  the scriptures, the Mosaic Sadducees and Pharisees taught in his day; that is because he learned the scriptures but filtered out their errors and taught the spirit and intent of the scriptures through the inspiration of the Father.

First they would begin with the basics like arithmetic and reading and writing; then in the Ezra system they would study the books of Moses as a foundation, to be followed by studies through all the scriptures.  After which at about the age of 15 students would go on to trade school or to advanced religious studies to qualify to serve in the temple or in the ministerial office of Teacher [Mosaic Pharisee]. 

Joseph and Mary, due to the circumstances of the child’s birth would have been very motivated to see to the education of their son in reading, writing and the scriptures.

Jesus [Yeshua] at the age of twelve was very advanced for his age and sought out the wisest of the Mosaic scholars to ask questions and talk about the scriptures.  He was eager to learn and if he did this at age twelve and considered it his duty as his Father’s business; he would have continued to study until he had all the wisdom that these Mosaic teachers could provide. 

HOWEVER, Jesus also had an open line to the Father and being full of the Father’s spirit, would have thought on the Mosaic teachings he was learning, and he would have meditated on them until he understood their full spirit and intent, the spiritual dimension of the commandments which would come to him from the Father’s inspiration. 

His basic education would have been close to home and there were probably good teachers near his home that he could learn from even after the age of 15.  It was quite possible that he had already learned all he could from them at the Sabbath services and in local situations; and in any case the very wisest and best teachers were in Jerusalem.  Jesus would have sought out the best of the best, which easily could have been Gamaliel in Jerusalem. 

It is important to understand that the best training is a motivated personal study with the help of teachers, following the guidance of God’s spirit.

During his early years Jesus could have known at least some of the apostles that he would later call; after all at least two were his own brothers! and most of the others lived only about forty miles away. 

Jesus was feared by the religious establishment because they knew that he had been taught very well in all things of the Mosaic scriptures, and Jesus used his understanding of those scriptures given by God to convict them of their sins.  Some of the people asked Jesus:

Matt 13:53-57 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Why did they reject his teachings? 

1. Because he was teaching very different things than what they had been taught, teaching the spirit of the scriptures.

2.  Because they knew him, and rejected that they could learn anything from him. 

In another place certain Jews asked Jesus:

John 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

This question was about his teachings concerning the spirit and intent of the scriptures.  They were not saying that Jesus was an ignorant person; they were asking him where he had learned what he taught, since no one else was teaching these things. 

Let me be very clear: I did not say,  nor did I intend to imply; that Jesus learned everything that he knew from the scriptural teachers of his day!  He learned the scriptures, and then he meditated on them with the guidance of the spirit of the Father, and through the holy spirit understood the true meaning, the spirit and intent, the purpose; of the scriptures.

In his ministry Jesus Christ taught very different things than the teachers of scriptures, the Mosaic Sadducees and Pharisees taught in his day; that is because he learned the scriptures but filtered out their errors and taught the spirit and intent of the scriptures through the inspiration of the Father.

 

World Watch © 2010-2017 All rights reserved.