Monday, May 30, 2011

Covered in the dust of your rabbi

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In Jesus’ day, every decent rabbi had at least one disciple. Some had a lot more. Jesus had several hundred.

To become a rabbi's disciple you had to prove that you were worthy by memorizing most of the scriptures and studying rabbinical writings enough to satisfy the rabbi's questions in a sort of interview. Once you were accepted by a rabbi you followed him around and watched his every move so that you could be just like him.  They would pronounce a blessing over you which said, in essence, "May you be covered by the dust of your rabbi." In other words, may you follow your rabbi so closely that you are covered in the dust that his sandals kicked up.

This is exactly what it means for us to be followers of Yeshua (Jesus). We are to follow his example and imitate him. This is what Jesus was referring to when he said, “Take my yoke upon you…’for my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I given you is light.” In other words, we link up with Jesus, we are yoked together with him to learn from Him, mimic him, become like him, and do what he did.

As 21st century Christians, we have been seduced by Churchianity and we have lost sight of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. He has called us to not only follow him as his disciples, but to also make disciples of those around us. How are we doing on that score? Have you made any disciples lately? I haven’t--it’s been a while since I poured myself into someone else and taught them most of what I’ve learned from following Jesus.  

In my previous post, I examined the “Power of Example” in Matt Elrod on Survivor Redemption Island. Once again, it comes back to following Jesus closely, so closely that we are covered in his dust. Following Jesus so that those around us fully know that we are “yoked” with Rabbi Jesus.

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