14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marvelled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”
According to The Seven Laws of Teaching by Milton Gregory, the first law of teaching is that the teacher knows the content. If the content is Theology, who knows the content better than Jesus. Jesus has skipped out on formal training somehow, but he still knows the content. He knows more than the experts and he knows more than the lay people around him. He knows the source.
God the Father is the object of our learning. Al knowledge is revealed by him and all knowledge points to him. He speaks through the skies, and the mountains tremble at his name. He speaks through scripture, and the scriptures speak of his Son. The Son, Jesus, has uncommon insight and we should listen to him.
For us knowledge is received by faith from the pages of scripture. We also grow in knowledge and depth of insight as we know Jesus. We will sometimes seem mad to those around us, but the truth of God transcends the incomplete and erroneous truths that people who don’t know Jesus live by.
May special and general revelation be illuminated by your Holy Spirit. may we see clearly what we are to learn from the world around and the scriptures that we have received. Then, even if they call us mad, let us be witnesses to the truth.
- Whose teaching does Jesus teach?
- How does Jesus know his content (think about how he grew (Luke 2))?
- How does Jesus know people want to kill him?
- How do most teachers today train? Is God central?
- How does knowing God make a difference to gaining knowledge?