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11/25/2008

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Who's The Teacher?


"For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of The Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws to Israel" (Ezra 7:10).

Ezra was "a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses." (V6) But to become a teacher, he had to first be a student. He began by preparing his heart to seek God's Word. If we are to teach as Ezra did, first we need to study. The Godly man is a blessed man. "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the mockers" (Ps. 1:1). The important part about preparing to teach comes in the next verse. "But his delight in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night."

A good teacher never stops learning. He remains a student all of his life. Surfers talk about the "perfect wave." It never really comes, but the striving to find and catch it keeps them hopeful. Paul in Philippians 3:13-15, talked of "pressing on toward a goal." He said, "I have not obtained it yet." As a result, he kept on striving toward perfection.....The perfect wave....

A good teacher becomes a doer. Look back at our scripture of today. Ezra not only studied the Word, but he observed it. That means he was not only a student, but he was a "doer" of the law. It is a matter of doing more than talking the talk....You know the rest...If we are not doers we become like the Pharisees that Jesus scolded all the time. He didn't scold them for not knowing the law, but for not doing it. Our example will serve to reinforce the validity of what we teach...What was the saying I used yesterday?? "We must be the good news before we can share the good news."

The next logical step in this progression is to actually become a teacher. If we have first become a student, (a permanent student) and then a doer and example, we are ready to share the Good News Of Jesus. Ezra first became an "expert," he lived what he learned, and then was ready, willing, and prepared to teach others. If you are still not ready to go full bore, maybe you need to serve as an apprentice for a while. There are probably many mentors in your life willing to help. Just as Paul served as a mentor for Timothy, (after he was a student of Lois and Eunice) we may need someone to model for us. Look what it did for Timothy as he became a powerful teacher for the Lord....

It is clear that Jesus put the spreading of the Good News in our hands. Lets strive to teach it to others....Have a great day...Let your light shine for Him...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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