View Full Version : Who's The Teacher Here?

Jul 4th 2015, 09:55 AM
Read Psalms 71 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalms+71&version=NASB). Focus is on verses 5,17-18

Did you know the most exciting thing about your Christian life is that salvation is just the beginning of an everlasting personal relationship with Jesus? One that is real, personal, private, and that lasts even into our elderly years and beyond. This is what struck me when I read Psalms 71 and wanted to share this especially with the younger folks seeking God and those that have accepted Christ as their Savior recently.

I am assuming that this Psalm was possibly written by an elderly person based on the title or by what is written in verses 5, 17, & 18. The writer obviously has a deep personal relationship with God as seen in the passage. What caught my attention though was for him to still declare His wondrous deeds in his older age means the words taught to him in his youth would have made a deep impression in his heart. The only way that impression can be created are by those lessons he received solidified through experiences in real life. In other words he couldn't have testified the mighty deeds unless he had not personally experienced what was taught. It's like taking science classes where you've got theory on one hand and practicals or labs on the other.

Let me try to demonstrate that through the life of Peter. In Luke 4 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+4&version=NASB) we see Jesus ministering in Peter's presence the healing of his mother-in-law's fever along with many others who came there to be healed. Jesus uses these opportunities to teach His disciples who He is and not just by words but by deeds as well that involves them personally. Here the demons witness that Jesus is the Son of God; however, whether Peter acknowledges Jesus as Christ at this point we don't know but the next chapter he gets another lesson on a fishing trip. For brevity I am not going into much detail as it is a popular historical event. Jesus asks the disciples to cast the net into the sea they frequently fished. Peter out of respect for Jesus (or a possibly used title in those days) refers to Him as "Master" and gives him an advice of his own that there is no fish here. He seems to have completely forgotten what happened in his mother-in-law's house or the others that were healed or possibly some other earlier miracles he may have witnessed prior to this fishing trip. Once the amazing catch is being hauled in Peter now calls him "Lord". That change in the title suggests Peter not only accepted his sin by lacking faith but also accepted the Lordship of Jesus. This is the ultimate moment I believe in a believers life when they recognize Jesus is Lord in every aspect of their lives and not just for healing but for all areas of life.

Yet it's clear Peter still hasn't gotten a grip of that concept as we see in the next event Jesus walks on water as described in Mathew 14 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mathew+14&version=NASB). Like the previous event this is equally famous and happens after feeding the five thousand. Again I am summarizing, after the Lord said it was Him when they thought it was a ghost as He walked towards them on water, Peter wanted to imitate Him. We know he starts drowning and the Lord helps him up and they climb on the boat. Immediately after they climb onboard the wind calms and they worshiped Him and declared that He is certainly God's Son. Interestingly the same event in Mark 6 gives us a little more information in that they did not gain any insight from the miracle of feeding the five thousand and that it only hardened their heart (Mark 6:52 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+6%3A52&version=NASB)). Here again you see the Lord teaching them through not just words but by His miracles that He is God even when it comes to nature.

These repeated events of human doubt, miracles, declaration, and increase in faith is an example of Psalms 71:17 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalms+71%3A17&version=NASB) where God teaches us His words, allows us to experience the life in those words, paving the way for us to declare His wondrous deeds. In some of the other versions of the Bible the word still or hitherto is used to demonstrate that is an ongoing declaration (v.18)

So what are the declaration of His wondrous deeds? In my humble opinion it is the act of God giving us His Son for the redemption of people like you and me. Isn't that enough for us to declare? Is there anything greater to declare? The Bible says He gave His Son even before the foundation of the world was created Ephesians 1:4 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+1%3A4&version=NASB). None of the greatest miracles He has done in our lives can be compared to the greatest wondrous deed that was done on the cross.

As you read Peter's books it just shows how mature he has become compared to the time when he first met the Lord. Similarly we still call Jesus "Master" in most aspects of our lives but not "Lord" until and unless we go through circumstances in life that prove He is Son of God.

Let us recognize that He not only preaches but teaches!

Jul 22nd 2015, 08:46 PM
Amen! I think you have made an interesting study about the life of each believer.
A different perspective about the verses about Peter; not looking at his faults, but rather looking at the loving willingness of Jesus to personally help Peter to overcome these - without any judgement.

Hopefully your insight will make us more aware of Jesus' loving and helpful presence in our natural environment at a very personal level.