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John 7

John 7

“About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, ‘How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?’ So, Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.’” John 7:14-16

During the early church period, many of the educated teachers of Israel went to rabbinical schools. They were known as scholars in their time. It was in these prestigious institutions that students memorized the Torah, studied historical Judaism, and the oral law. These were the educational pillars embraced by many of the Scribes and Pharisees.

Yet Jesus, who was the son of a “lowly” carpenter, received no such education. Regardless, when Jesus spoke, the recipients of His message marveled over his words. How can a man with no formal education speak such profound spiritual truth? The secret was simple. Jesus said, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Are we studying the Word of God? If we’re not reading God’s war manual, how can we know our Commander’s plan for our lives? The more we study His word, the more we’ll understand His will and “the way in which we should go.”