14 Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. 15 The people were surprised when they heard him. “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” they asked.

Jesus decides to go public on his terms. He teaches directly at the Temple where the Jewish religious teachers, the rabbis, would teach. Rabbis of his day would choose their own students, but some would also share their teachings outside the Temple at a special area by the entrance steps.

Rabbis were always students of rabbis. In the days of Jesus, the best and the brightest young men were chosen to be students by their rabbi. Jesus didn’t have an earthly rabbi. He had the teaching and model of God the Father. Who does he think he is?

We notice this same attitude today. To be considered wise you are a university professor. These are the people who get interviewed on TV. Or an author. Usually they are one and the same.

I don’t trust someone with a credential without testing what they are teaching. You can have all the degrees in the world and be as dumb as a bag of hammers.

You have to remember the savior we follow is the most brilliant man who ever lived. So, I especially have issues with an intellectual who is speaking on ultimate issues of life and reality, whose teachings don’t match those of Jesus. I don’t care what university you went to, you are not a man or woman of wisdom.

Jesus went right to the source.


Pray for wisdom when you are facing difficult problems at work or school. Bring you concerns to Jesus.

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