Now ask the teacher


“And they shall all be taught by God.” Some call that “coming to the Father through the Son”, others something different.

A teacher stands before a class of 30 students. Each student with a different life, upbringing, skills and talents, dislikes and likes. They are all taught by “the teacher”.

The name of the teacher, his/her skills and qualifications, imagery, pace and style – all are just One. Yet seen, heard, and touched (or not) by all the 30 – they hear “many”.

Now ask each of the 30: Which is the true teacher. Their reply?

All.

Now ask the teacher. His/her reply?

It matters not. This lesson and my teaching is simply a key which may unlock one or more doors inside each of them. Different locks for their different doors. My teaching is not the answer – they are their own answer.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.

Now let’s talk bread … for bread is obviously “the lesson topic” here.

Bread is an object. Bread is something I know. I have an opinion. I can work with bread. Bread is something we all know.

And for some bread is the enemy – they need gluten free bread, or they need vegan ingredients bread, because they need something not relevant to my kind of bread. Then there are others who see mass produced “branded bread” as bread not worth eating. Whilst there are others who see “it” is the only bread to eat. And there is artisan bread so often considered superior to “ordinary bread” – whilst others see that as overpriced and for a market that judges everything by its price tag. And then I hear others who say we have lost the plot. That bread is simply fuel for the body to live – so what kind of “bread” matters not so long as it is part of a healthy diet.

Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ John 6:41-51

Now ask the teacher. His/her reply?

This lesson and my teaching …? For some the doors I see are mine not theirs – maybe “not yet” – maybe “not ever”. Does that mean I should not teach?

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3 thoughts on “Now ask the teacher

  1. Wow. This is more serious than I’ve read you in a while, Paul. Yet, I understand. As a teacher for over 20 years, my reply, too. Always planting seeds. The when of sprouting was not mine to determine, and I did not always know the soil. My job was and is to plant seeds. Ever planting.

    • Hiya Susan – not sure if this travels as well as it did it my head. Simply that the “message” is received in a trillion different ways. Maybe not even received at all. Yet having others get it as I get it is not my job. That is His. When we start insisting that others “get it” as we “get it” – that is when we cross a line.

      🙂

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