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Series: Covered in Dust
Luke 1:5-17; 57-80; 3:1-18
This morning we are beginning a new series on the life of Christ that will culminate on Easter Sunday morning, March 31.
Let me more fully explain the title of the series, "Covered in Dust".
Jewish boys who were the best students at their schools, after having memorized the entire Old Testament at around the age of 13-14, and having been educated at the synagogue and at a more advanced school would go and present themselves to a well-known and respected rabbi.
A rabbi was a man who was a teacher of the Scriptures.
In Jesus' day, the name "rabbi" meant "master" and was more a term of respect than that of a formal title.
It was only after the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. that the word "rabbi" became a formal title.
So, when these young teenage boys would present themselves to a rabbi, they would say, "
"Rabbi, I want to become your disciple or your student. Please let me in your Bet Midrash, your house of study."
Each rabbi had his thinking, his philosophy, and his interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures, which was called his "yoke".
(Take my yoke upon you…)
So to see if they would qualify, the rabbi would ask the student lots of questions, to find out if he was truly a cut above the rest and worthy of being such a disciple.
And if the rabbi believed that he was the best of the best, that he was able to eventually become a rabbi, He would say, "Come, follow me."
And he would leave his family.
He would leave everything and he would follow that rabbi everywhere.
He would give his life to being exactly like that rabbi.
They would eat the same food in exactly the same way as their rabbi.
They would go to sleep and awake the same way as their rabbi.
And they would learn to study the Law and understand God the exact same way as their rabbi.
They wanted to be so much like their rabbi that wh ...
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