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Teaching . . .

John 12:27-50 2 Chronicles 16-17 Psalm 78:1-20

“Give ear, O people, to my teaching” (Psalm 78:1). How appropriate it is, on this first day of school, that the theme of  the day’s readings is teaching. Notice the connections: Jehoshaphat sends a delegation out into the cities of Judah to teach the law of the Lord “among the people” (2 Chronicles 17:7-9) . . . The psalmist speaks of the importance of knowing the deeds and laws of the Lord and teaching these things to “the coming generation” (Psalm 78:4-8) . . . And Jesus summarizes his teaching by emphasizing that every word he has spoken comes from the Father and is effective for eternal life (John 12:44-50). Clearly, receiving instruction in the ways of God and teaching God’s word to others plays a critical role in the story of God with us. 

“And I know that his commandment is eternal life” (John 12:50). In one sense, Jehoshaphat, the psalmist, and Jesus each communicate what we already know: education is a crucial part of the human experience. But, on a deeper level, they speak of what we too easily forget: training in the ways of God addresses our essential nature as beings created in the image of God. To engage in this kind of teaching is to open the door to a spiritual depth and breadth that gives life eternal significance. So it is that Jesus comes to save the world by speaking and revealing the word of God. And so it is, as well, that we who believe this bear a great and holy responsibility to hear, receive, know, and teach this life-giving word “so that” each generation will “set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:7).

“We will not hide them from their children” (Psalm 78:4). May we be life-long learners, always teachable, and forever inclining our ears to the word of God. And may we embrace the call to teach others — children and adults alike — the living word that God has given. Amen.

“We will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord,
and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.”
     — Psalm 78:4

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