Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:36 AM

The Ancient Jewish World of Discipleship

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:36 AM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:36 AM

Discipleship was not a new concept in the world of Jewish rabbis, but disciple of following one teacher was. Jesus defined the status of a disciple and it was to be devoted to, and like his master.

Mt 10:24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

“Prior to Jesus, the goal of a person being discipled was to exceed the master and gain his own following. For example, in Israel there were many rabbis with a following of disciples. A new disciple would sign on under a teacher with the hope that someday he would become a teacher and gain his own following of people. In a world of competitive rabbis, the learner hoped to outdo his teacher and become renowned as a teacher and leader so that people would study under him.”[1]

These next verses tell us why their pursuit of knowledge through discipleship was in vain.

Ro 10:2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Ro 10:3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

[1] Webber, R. (2003). Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community (71). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.


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