Woe to Teachers

We know that teachers have more responsibility.  Jesus is talking of discipleship in today’s passage below.  Disciples teach.  However, when people teach they have influence and influence can lead people closer or further from God.  Jesus takes it quite seriously if a teacher leads others astray.  I may have a strange sense of humour as a teacher.  I may make mistakes, but ultimately I hope no-one is led away from God.

Luke 17:1-10

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 So watch yourselves.

   “If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

 6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

   7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

Questions

  1. What is bound to come?
  2. What should a disciple do if someone sins against them?
  3. How would you describe the general responsibilities of a disciple based on the passage?
  4. How careful were your teachers about what they said?
  5. Have you led anyone astray?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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