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Teaching and teachers have been around for a long time. In the Old Testament, the instruction was provided by the scribes. Even though we don't have an in-depth description of teaching techniques, we do have an idea that the usual method was rote memory. The teacher's role was to communicate the message and the hearer was to recite that same message back to the teacher. Teaching then moved to another phase - this next phase was to arouse the listener's aptitude by presenting problems and to cultivate the students use of his powers by demanding that he exercise those powers. This background just mentioned was to help us understand the Old Testament teaching, which laid the groundwork for the ultimate teacher - Jesus the Christ.

In the New Testament, the title, master teacher is given to Jesus Christ. His teachings show that he acted and was regarded by others as a teacher in the Jewish sense of the word (Rabbi/Scribe). He is described as a teacher of the Law because he taught the way of God truthfully. His teaching caused admiration and astonishment because he was teaching "with power". "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. This scripture lets us know that Jesus had originality of form; that when He departed from the rigid teaching patterns, He was received with hostility by the "religious leaders" of the day. Isn't it interesting, that our Master Teacher Jesus was indeed a rebel preacher? He was not merely an expounder of traditional teaching; He taught his own positive doctrine and based it upon His personal authority. We must first recognize that Jesus' authority is all-inclusive in heaven and in earth. It means that the angels in Heaven, the demons in Hell, human beings o earth and the church are subject to Him and are under his great authority. The first imperative of the Great Commission is to go. As they, Christians are to teach or make disciples or learners after him, learning the things they must do and must become if they are to be born into His kingdom. Some people may learn a great deal about God and Christian duties without ever becoming a Christian, let me repeat that, Some people may learn a great deal about God and Christian duties without ever becoming a Christian,



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