Are You Like Your Rabbi? [Bible Better 003]

How far would Jewish disciples go to emulate their rabbis?

Do we go far enough to walk as Jesus, our rabbi, walked?

In this third episode of the Bible Better audio devotions show, host Jordan Loftis takes us further into the letter of 1 John.

We’re asking: What does it mean and look like to walk as Jesus walked?

In this episode, Jordan explores:

  1. The difference between knowing someone and knowing about them,
  2. The cultural context of disciple-Rabbi relationships (and what it means for us today),
  3. And the story of a disciple who went a little too far trying to be like his master…

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In Due Season

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 ESV

In agriculture, there are about four months between planting and harvesting.

During this time the farmer waters and fertilizes, but doesn’t yet get to enjoy the benefits of his harvest. This can be similar in our lives, and Paul knew this first hand.

He had spent time in Galatia sharing the Gospel of Christ and a church was born. However, it seemed only to hear later that they were close to departing from the very faith by which they’d been saved.

But Paul would not grow tired of doing good, and knew that he would reap the benefit of his continual love for the church in the future.

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True Freedom

I will keep your law continually,
forever and ever,
and I shall walk in a wide place,
for I have sought your precepts.

Psalm 119:44-45 ESV

God’s laws, rules, and Jesus’ teachings can appear as a type of straight jacket to those who are not followers of Jesus.

These rules may even seem to inhibit a person from being themselves, having fun, or living life to its fullest. The author of the famous Psalm 119 has a different view on this notion, however.

The author wrote that keeping God’s law (doing what the Bible and Jesus said) will allow us to walk in wide places. Other translations use liberty or even freedom.

This can seem contradictory, but, as one looks at what the Bible lays out for our lives, we see that it helps us to live a life that is free from the wages of sin.

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