Episode 117 – Rabbis and Disciples Pt 2: Jewish Educational System

Key Passage(s): Matthew 4:18-22

The Jewish educational system in Jesus’s day was astounding. Growing up in that culture was about total immersion in the Scriptures. It was about learning and memorizing God’s Word so that it shaped everything you did. It was also about learning to ask really great questions and debating with your teachers. But much like professional sports, only the best of the best got to keep going and eventually become disciples. Which raises some fascinating questions: What might the Jewish educational system of Jesus’s day reveal to us about his disciples? What might it teach us about God’s intentions for our discipleship? By the end of this episode, you’ll recognize the subtle hints in the Scriptures you’d missed all along and have a deeper appreciation for Jesus’s explosive words, “Come, follow me.”

Note: This is a jam-packed 25-min episode. There’s a lot of information in this one. With that said, our goal was to provide you with the single, best resource for understanding the Jewish educational system in Jesus’s day in its entirety. We think we did it. Enjoy! 

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • What did you find most surprising about the Jewish educational system? 
  • Why might memorizing Scripture be a powerful tool for shaping your life? 
  • How does it make you feel to know Jesus’disciples weren’t the best and brightest but that he wanted them anyway? 
  • Instead of letting this Jewish passion for the Scriptures make us feel guilty about our own lack of Bible reading and study, how does it inspire you? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

For Further Study

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4 COMMENTS

  1. It’s important to understand that when boys climb the educational ladder that in that process, as promised by YEHOVAH, the TORAH becomes their:
    Knowledge of YEHOVAH
    Wisdom of YEHOVAH
    Righteousness of YEHOVAH
    therefore intelligent people! Church keeps us away from the 613 minus the blood ordinances and leads us into :
    My people suffer from a lack of (TORAH) knowledge!
    Thus easily mislead and here we are but LIGHT is exploding!
    PRAISE YEHOVAH!

  2. Brad… I never made the connection before, that cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s vacation movies was based on a historical figure from Jesus’s time. You referred to cousin Eddie as the possible cause of Jesus getting separated from his family… interesting that NP’s cousin Eddie’s character flaws could have been taken from Jesus’s own cousin…

    I might be reading too much into this…but if the movie writers used their characters to represent biblical characters…who, out of the Bible, would you say the other NP movie characters represent? Will this be in another mini series of teachings?

    Another level to this… the Hot Rock Hogs, refer to J-Bird as cousin Eddie…are we then really saying that he would cause Jesus to get lost?

    Thanks for always helping us go deeper… you said it’s ok and actually favored upon to ask good questions right? …on second thought… are these actually good questions?

  3. Soo it’s not about getting “saved” but since “the word TORAH became flesh, then Jesus is TORAH in flesh and the drive should have always been to eat and sleep TORAH but church fathers kept us from going there as they were deceived as Eve and Adam were so give them a break and change ones direction about TORAH! Eat it sleep it love it and do not be afraid of it! It will change your world, your relationship with YEHOVAH and your faith now has something to build on rather than being a vague denominational idea!

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