Episode 123 – Rabbis and Disciples Pt 7: A Difficult Lifestyle

We all want to live fully and deeply, but in order to do that we’ve got to live as Jesus lived. The problem is we don’t always understand what Jesus’s life looked like. In this episode, we dig into the details of the itinerant rabbinic lifestyle and quickly realize that Jesus’s life as a traveling rabbi wasn’t glorious or easy. It was actually really, really difficult. It came with a cost. But according to Jesus and the rabbis of the day, it was worth it – costly, but worth it. It’s a message we all need to hear or be reminded of, as we seek to faithfully follow Jesus and experience life that is truly life.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • There’s a saying, “You can’t know at 20 what only 30 can teach you.” Age and experience often go hand-in-hand. Reflect on what you’ve learned and identify one way in which you’ve grown over the last 10 years.
  • What stood out most to you about the itinerant lifestyle Jesus and his disciples lived?
  • What are some areas in your life where you’ve caught yourself saying or thinking: It’s hard, but it’s worth it?
  • What, in your experience, have been one or two of the most difficult parts of following Jesus and seeking to live as a disciple? What have you learned?
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?

For Further Study

New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus by David Bivin – Chapter 2 

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