Wednesday: 6th February, 2019
Reference text: Mark 6:1-6
Mark 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
As a tutor, if there is one thing I have realised over the past years with students, it is the fact that the credibility of the teacher in terms of the subject content, must be top notch. In a manner that encourages students to be confident about throwing any questions they have at their teacher, not always expecting an answer, but sometimes direction.
From the very moment students begin to doubt their teacher’s credibility, that partnership becomes a sinking ship and however hard both try, not much can be achieved. The above is an analogy to today’s Gospel where we have an audience who were surprised and dazzled by the words of wisdom Jesus spoke. So intrigued were they that their in their amazement, they began to probe deeper.
It is at this point that their awe turned into an inquest to determine how it was possible for a man of Jesus’ background to function in that position he was. His words, were now no longer relevant to the discourse, simply put- they lost focus.
My dear, we can be surprised and dazzled even to point of applauding the words of wisdom and the practical application of intellect exhibited by others, but if at the back of our minds, the tape playing is one questioning the veracity of every single thing we hear, then we are unlikely to receive the intended benefit hidden in those words we hear.
Occasionally, we hear of elders brushing off the advice of the youth and superiors who have no use for the words of their subordinates because they deem them ‘unqualified to make inputs’. Beloved, until we truly acknowledge the source and channels of some precious words, they are never going to be worth much.