When The Teacher Saved The Day 2


When The Teacher Saved The Day

Presented as a morning devotion on July 16, 2018 (09:30am-10:00am), at the Pedagogical Training for UEAB at UEAB Community Centre , July 16-19, 2018, Theme: Training for Quality Teaching

To save the day is to bring a solution where none was forthcoming

When The Teacher saved the day

To save the day is to give solutions where people were stranded

When The Teacher saved the day

We expect soldiers to always save the day in times of crisis, but today its teachers

When The Teacher saved the day

We expect medical experts and diplomats to use their skills to save the day, but today, its teachers

When The Teacher saved the day

2 Kings 17:24-28(24) And the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the people of Israel. And they took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities. (25) And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear the Lord. Therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. (26) So the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law of the god of the land.” (27) Then the king of Assyria commanded, “Send there one of the priests whom you carried away from there, and let him go and dwell there and teach them the law of the god of the land.” (28) So one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in Bethel and taught them how they should fear the Lord.”

The community was in a crisis

1. Verse 25 – People did not fear the LORD (But this really wasn’t a big problem to them, until it was related to another problem)
2. Verse 25 – The LORD sent lions among them (lions can cause fear and panic, but can also be exciting to dodge them and see them from safety vantage points – but this wasn’t really the problem, until it was related to another problem)
3. Verse 25 – The lions killed people, some of the people, not every body (not everybody was killed because that was not the intention of the one who sent lions, He was just getting their attention, unfortunately, it required death for their attention to be gotten)
4. Verse 26 – The King was informed that this was not a wildlife – human conflict that can be solved by zoologists and animal experts. The king was told that this is a religious problem and no amount of ammunition and security could resolves the crisis at hand (A religious crisis can only be solved religiously)
5. Verse 27 – The king was sharp, a quick learner, a wise man, he understood the situation and he didn’t ignore the God he didn’t worship, he didn’t think of it as illogical or none academic, he ordered that send a teacher to solve the problem. He did not send his relative, he did not look for somebody of his tribe, or his crony, or his sycophant, no! He looked for a qualified teacher – a priest. (Teachers who save the day must be qualified above all else)
6. Verse 28 – The teacher taught effectively and the problem was resolved

The need for teachers continues to this day

People are motivated by lions of poverty and disease

People are motivated by many things

What people need urgently – are teachers

What people need are effective teachers, well trained and who will do the work they are supposed to do

Teaching is a gift of the Spirit

Teaching requires training

Teachers solve problems

Above all else we need a certain teacher when we are in a crisis

For personal and society crisis – we need Jesus the Master teacher

If the Master Teacher stays amongst us – we learn, we will obey and the lions will be gone

Jesus is the teacher who saved the day!


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