(Official communication to the public)


Was it easy being a disciple of Jesus or any Rabbi in the first century? I’ll let you decide.

To follow a Rabbi often meant leaving behind family and relatives and traveling the country under sever and forbidding conditions. It also required total commitment, there could be no second thoughts.

Jesus didn’t want his followers to entertain any false expectations and so he made it clear they should count the cost. For example, building a tower, but not able to finish because of the lack of money. (Luke 14:28-33).

He said something else that should characterize every disciple and that is Luke 14:26-27 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. “Hate” sounds so harsh and extreme, not something we assign to Jesus. The word hate does not carry the same meaning as our English word. In Hebrew, hate can also mean, “love less” or “put in second place.” For example, Genesis 29:30-31. Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah.  “Hate” by context indicates that Leah was not unloved but rather loved less than Jacob’s other wife, Rachel.

What Jesus is saying is that whoever did not love him more than his own family or even his own self could not be his disciple. Jesus didn’t advocate hate as we know it, but right priorities with God alone as number one.

Another requirement of being a disciple was being away from wife and family. Normally disciples were single men without family responsibilities. However, since the average age of marriage was about 18 many were married with children. If he was married, he would need the permission of his wife to leave home for longer than 30 days to study with a Rabbi.

Was it difficult being a disciple in the first century? What battles for first place in your life; who or what places Jesus in the back seat of your daily life? Finally, as a disciple of Jesus Christ what are you doing to learn his teachings and making them part of your everyday life?


Pr. Bob

By the Way:

Pray for Ruth who had surgery yesterday.

Thursday 16, Quilting day.

Sunday 19, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: A New Creation Is Coming Rev. 21:1-17

Tuesday 21, 6:30 PM Mary-Eunice circle at the church.