Posted by: The Simple Guy | June 5, 2010

Just A Simple Tidbit

Yesterday in our family devotions we read:

Mat 8:19-22 ESV
(19)  And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
(20)  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.
(21)  Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
(22)  And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.

I was struck by this thought.

A scribe was a professional writer who was highly respected.  They were some of the most highly regarded people in that society.  Their job was to transcribe the scriptures exactly.  So well that you couldn’t tell the copy from the original.

A scribe offered his services to Jesus.  Think of the opportunity here to get an exact account of Jesus’ life.  One written by someone of a respected status!  Surely Jesus would be excited by such an opportunity!  But Jesus didn’t seem so.  Which of the 4 gospels was written by a scribe?  None of them were.  Who wrote the account we were reading?  A tax collector.  Not exactly a profession of high esteem.

I must think about this more.

Any thoughts?




  1. Brings to mind:

    For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
    But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
    God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

  2. Thoughts:
    It doesn’t matter how technically excellent the preacher is, if he isn’t following Jesus. It doesn’t matter how technically excellent the writer is, if he isn’t following Jesus.

  3. Heather,
    It appears Paul learned this lesson:
    Php 3:7-8 ESV
    (7) But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
    (8) Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

    Your comment reminds me of the verses that follow:
    Php 3:9-10 ESV
    (9) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–
    (10) that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,


  4. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

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