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As A Judge Or As A School Boy?
It was said of the Lord Jesus in the Scriptures -
Psalm 45:2 says - "Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into Thy lips: therefore God hath blessed Thee for ever."
Matthew 7:28-29 says - "...the people were astonished at His doctrine: For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."
Matthew 13:54 says - "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?"
Mark 1:22 says - "And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes."
Mark 1:27 says - "And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him."
Mark 6:2 says - "And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands?"
Luke 4:22 says - "And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?"
Luke 19:48 says - "And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear Him."
The people were "astonished at His doctrine." They were struck or driven out of their senses by the matter and manner of His teaching and preaching. Unlike the scribes, His word was attended with power. He got His power and authority directly from His Father and not from the current scribes. He spoke as One sent of God. He was totally independent of man.
He "taught them as One having authority." He delivered His discourse as a Judge presiding over a court case. His was a tone of authority like that of a Lawgiver, Expounder, or Judge. There was a commanding power in His word. He displayed a great affection, zeal, and fervency of spirit as well as a liberty and utterance of speech.
The people hearing Him "wondered at the gracious words that proceeded out of His mouth." His words displayed a peculiar sweetness, gravity, and becomingness. They were winning words - good words spoken in a winning, melting way. His listeners could not help but be struck with their truth and force.
"All the people were attentive to hear Him." The common people hung on His every word with earnest, rapt, fixed, and utmost attention. They heard Him with eagerness and diligence - ready to catch every word that dropped from His lips. They were exceedingly taken with Him - unwilling to leave His Presence.
It was said of Him that "with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him." It was by His word that He cast out devils. His teaching carried such power and authority behind it that it was always followed by miracles.
The people who knew Him wondered - "Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" "From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands?" They immediately recognized that He was unique and different from the other teachers of their time. He was not brought up at the feet of the rabbin, yet He displayed such wisdom of words and wonder of works. His teaching exuded with great wisdom, power, and virtue.
Immediately, the people recognized Him as being "not as the scribes." What did they mean by that?
The scribes were the learned people and teachers of the Jewish nation. They were principally Pharisees who were self-created and man-made ministers who spent most of their time in useless disputations and vain jangling. They chiefly taught the sentiments of the Rabbis along with the Jewish traditions. Their teaching did not come from God simply because they were not commissioned by Him. Hence, they showed forth no authority or power. Their delivery could be likened unto that of a school boy saying his lesson in that it was mean and flat. They expounded the law of others in a cold, lifeless, ineffectual manner - quoting the rabbis who came before them. They spoke as those who themselves didn't know what they were talking about. They never ventured out into expressions of their own. They always backed up everything that they said with the words of some predecessor. In other words, they were mimics of those who came before them.
Upon hearing Jesus, the people instantly recognized the contrast between Him and the teachers of their day. You could just imagine the thrill it was to hear teaching that - instead of being cold and lifeless - was packed with power insomuch that even the demons from Hell reacted to it.
This was what was spoken of Jesus and His teaching. But, O man or woman of God, what are the people saying about your teaching and preaching?
Are you one who delivers the Word as a Judge or as a school boy saying his lesson?
Is your preaching mean and flat?
Are you totally dependent on what some other Preacher has said who has gone before you rather than getting a fresh word from God yourself?
Are you a copycat of someone else's ministry?
Who commissioned you to do what you are doing?
Can people tell that you are sent by God because of the sense of authority and power by which you deliver your message?
Do the demons from Hell recognize that your message comes from God?
Are your words filled with power and authority or are they hesitating, halting, and limping words?
It was said of the Lord Jesus that "grace is poured into Thy lips." Can people sense the power of God's amazing grace every time that you preach or teach? Are the lives of your listeners being totally transformed by God's enabling grace?
Would it be said of you that you are "as the scribes" or "not as the scribes"?
Nowadays, as you look upon the church, you would have to agree that there are so many preachers and teachers who are "as the scribes." They were never sent by God to do what they are doing. They display no authority and power in their preaching and teaching. They are simply copycats of some other preacher. They purchased his tapes...bought his books...studied his material...and then presented it to the masses. They have no "fresh manna" from God. They wouldn't know how to prepare a message from God even if they tried. And in none of their services are the demons stirred because their delivery is as a school boy and not as a Judge.
As a Judge or a school boy? What will it be, O Preacher?
"As the scribes" or "not as the scribes"? Bible Teacher, you tell us.
It all depends on whether or not you want to be like the Lord Jesus or like some other man.
May God Bless His Word.