Luke 6:40

A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40 (NIV).

Preachers002The first thing you better make sure of is that you pick a good teacher.  The King James Version uses slightly different words but the meanings are the same, it has disciple instead of student and master instead of teacher. The word student/disciple is mathetes the Strong’s says it is a person who has “thought accompanied by endeavor.”  Teacher/master is didaskalos and according to Strong’s Concordance it is “one who teaches concerning the things of God and the duties of man.”  But it is the phrase, perfect (KJV) or fully trained (NIV) which is katartizo which means “to complete thoroughly, repair or adjust but does not necessarily mean that the thing was broken”, that is the major word in this verse.

preacher Sermon_on_the_Mount005Luke is the only gospel that records this verse and it is placed with or in the parable of the blind leading the blind.  After much reflection, I believe that it should be placed with that verse and it actually completes the parable.  If you have a “blind teacher” of the things of God even with thought and action you will still be blind to what God has and wants for you.  But the phrase “fully trained” has the missing part.  If you have picked your teacher well they will impart themselves to you and the qualities that are important will be carried on.  I think most good teachers wish for their students to excel past them in some form, I know that I have had students who will know more than myself simply because in science there is always more to know.  But if I were teaching/disciplining someone in the ways of “God and man” I would hope to see more fruit in their life after I have given them all I can because part of my teaching must be to show them the Father and Jesus.

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The House of Smart and Dumb

In the house of smart and dumb

For several years you must come

Everyone rents a room

But you will choose just where you bloom

The stairs you climb is up to you but no one is excluded

Facilities are not the same

Utilities included

The power you will use

Determines just what dumb you lose

Few are those who lead the way

Most are they who simply stay

To climb the stairs takes a gladiator

But most just want the escalator

The day comes fast, the courses pass, for graduation yearning

And out the door you are pushed back in The Land of Learning



by Mark

The bell rings, your book opens

All will reside and spend their time in the Land of Learning

Each start off fast, so much to know

Soon the Labels start: some for good some for bad

Then comes our time in the House of Smart and Dumb

Just wait you will need this next year

Work hard so you will impress and succeed

Pass that test, get that credit, show your stuff

Those Labels just don’t seem to go away

You played the game got the Diploma or blew it off to strut your stuff

Now the learning starts

Load the cart

Do the dance

Know the job

Learn to family

When do we learn to live

“plan the work, work the plan”

If they can’t do anything else make them a teacher or a telemarketer

If your so smart why aren’t you _____

“Chase the cheese”

Show me the green

The learning done, your book is closed

The final bell rings