Now when he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them,â€¦ Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)
I am blessed with a husband who leads by example. (Relax, Henry. I am not going to embarrass you by implying that you are perfect!) His devotional yesterday shows me that again. It is so important to learn; to sit at Jesusâ€™ feet and listen!
Jesus went up on the mountain. He found a spot good for listening and good for speaking. I understand from some friends who have visited that mountain in Galilee that the acoustics are perfect!
Jesus went up on the mountain and sat down. He was in no hurry. He had something to say. It was important. He had a hungry audience. Jesus had a divine appointment!
Jesus was not just there to teach â€œthe crowdsâ€. He also had disciples to teach. Maybe they were the primary target.
Tonight, I am beginning a new Bible study. Not as the teacher but as a student. My pastor is teaching it. The study will be the book of Romans. Recently, while reading Godâ€™s Generals II by Roberts Liardon, I discovered that Martin Luther went from passive priest to passionate reformer after studying Romans. When I discovered my pastorâ€™s new Bible study was Romans, I felt my spirit leap and knew I also had a divine appointment. I have searched for many months for a study to which God was inviting me. Great things are worth the time to search. Godâ€™s words â€“ His teaching â€“ are of great price!
Your word is a lamp to my feet and light for my path. Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Get in a Bible study this fall. Listen! Learn! Be challenged! Soak up Godâ€™s words for you like a sponge! This is a â€˜God-wayâ€™ for you to be squeezed out on a thirsty world!