328 A Multicultural Message

“Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said (to Simon and Andrew), ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him … Without delay He called (James and John), and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him” (Mark 1:17-18,20).

I don’t know why I never thought it strange that these men would so enthusiastically drop everything familiar to them and follow Jesus into an unknown future. But I recently heard some teaching on the religious training of boys at that time and it all makes a lot more sense now. Together with learning a trade, every boy started off studying Scripture at the age of three or so, and according to their ability, kept progressing up the hierarchical ladder towards becoming a fully fledged rabbi until they arrived at age 30 or were disqualified along the way. Now these men were being invited to be disciples of a rabbi. It would have been the fulfilment of all their dreams. They had clearly not qualified for this honour in their own right (Acts 4:13) and had surely considered the chance gone forever.

It seems so important to see the Scriptures in their real context. I feel now I have had such a limited understanding through the years.

I know the culture in which you are living. I am the God of all cultures, I use all cultures. The door of salvation is open to everyone and understandable by everyone. My Son came into a particular culture and understanding that answers a lot of questions you might have as you read the account of His earthly life, but those around you do not live in that culture and I will communicate My message to them in a way that is familiar to them. Do not live in regrets. I am masterminding your life and what you come to understand is in My perfect timing for you.

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