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“Follow Me”

Posted on: 7-15-112011

I am doing a Bible study on Sunday nights at my church entitled “In the Dust of the Rabbi”.  It’s focus is learning how we can walk more closely with Jesus.  Our first focus is on what it truly means to be a disciple.  We learned that in their culture, all children started school around age 5 or 6 and learned to read and write using the Scriptures of the Torah (books of the Law).  When the children finished this first school, the girls started preparing for marriage and raising a  family.  The boys did one of two things: they either started learning their family trade or they continued on in their education.  The ones that continued on with their education had to have certain characteristics that made them suitable for continuing on such as a great passion for the Scriptures and a desire to know more.  For this group of young men, an even smaller group become disciples.  The ones chosen to become disciples were very few.  They had to continue on even further in their education.  When they were finished, they would choose a rabbi to follow.  They would go to the rabbi and tell him they wished to follow him.  The rabbi would decide if they were suitable to study under him or not.  Only a very few were chosen…most were sent back to learn their family trade.  As we talked about this, we considered the disciples of Jesus. Scripture does not give us this information concerning the disciples specifically, so we just have to speculate as to what may have happened.   We discussed the possibility that they had aspired to be a disciple under another rabbi, but had been rejected by him, so they returned to their family trade.  Another possibility is that they never furthered their education because possibly no one considered them to have the passion and desire necessary to continue on. Whatever the case may be, we do know that they became disciples of the greatest Rabbi…Jesus Christ.  And leave it to Jesus to do something completely out of the ordinary!  Whereas other rabbis were chosen by their disciples, this Rabbi, Jesus, went out and chose His own disciples.  It doesn’t really matter if they had been rejected by another rabbi or if they had never continued on in their education because they weren’t found worthy…they were handpicked by Jesus to be His disciples!  What does all of this have to do with us today?  Beloved, He not only chose them…He chose us as well!  He doesn’t care if others have rejected us…He doesn’t care if others have not considered us to have what it takes…He still chose us!  His message for us is the same as it was for the first disciples…”Follow Me.”  We would be wise to jump out of the boat as they did and start following!

“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.  They IMMEDIATELY left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew  4:19-20 (emphasis mine)

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