Leviticus 23-24 Mark 1:1-22
“When Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the lake because they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, ‘Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18 NCV)
Jesus had begun His teaching ministry. John, who had come as God’s messenger to prepare the way for Jesus, had been imprisoned. Jesus was teaching in the area around the Sea of Galilee. His message was that the Kingdom of God was at hand. It was here. He urged people to enter the Kingdom of God at that moment. And, He began gathering disciples. We know the full story. They didn’t know what they were getting into, but they knew they were getting the chance of a lifetime. They’d been accepted by a Rabbi who’d teach them.
This was like a letter of acceptance into college back in those days. Boys dreamed of becoming rabbis, and the only way to do this was through becoming a disciple. Saul, later Paul, was a disciple of Gamaliel. Students traveled with the teacher. They watched what he did and how he reacted to situations. He taught them from the Law, written and oral. This is how they learned. While our system of education is different, when it comes to being a disciple of Jesus, we have some great advantages. We can read God’s word. The Holy Spirit guides us. We can see the examples of other Christians down through the ages. At the same time, though, we’re called to be teachers, living examples that others can watch and see how a follower of Jesus should act in all areas of their life.
Lord, remind me that as a disciple, You call me to be a teacher also. Let me live so that others can watch my life and follow my example to help them draw closer to You.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.