Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thoughts on stumbling while teaching

James (Ya'akov) letter to Jewish Believers in Yeshua th Messiah,
chapter 3, first teo verses:
1 Not many of you should become
teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more
severely.
2 For we all stumble in many ways; if someone does not stumble in what
he says, he is a mature man who can bridle his whole body.

(MRL: I had never noticed this connection of teaching to the passage
on the dangers of our words. James 3:3 an forward discuss how
dangerous our tongue is. But the section starts off talking about
teaching.

He says that it's important to get it right when you teach. I suppose
he's talking about teaching God's message There's a connection here
between stumbling in what you say -- something he says is inevitable
-- and the harsher judgment we'll receive as teachers.

What is the judgment? Surely not a condemnation.)

Sha'ul's letter to the Christians in Rome 8:1 Therefore, there is no
longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the
Messiah Yeshua.

(MRL: What judgment could it be? Certainly we humans hold out teachers
to a high standard. If you presume to occupy my time and make claims
about the truth by teaching me, then I should expect your claims and
your methods to be true.

God also judges, though it's not a judgment leading to condemnation if
the teaher is in union with the Messiah. Though I also believe God
won't prevent us from receiving the consequences if we teach badly.
People may reject us as teachers. The implications of false teaching
can cause pain, too, distracting us from truth and leading others to
make bad choices in their life.)