Bible Study for Muslims
Who is Jesus? - Day 3
Day 3: Jesus the Teacher
So far, we’ve learned that Jesus is the perfect Man and miracle Worker. To truly know Jesus, however, we must understand His teaching.
Blessings and woes
“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples [i.e. followers], and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
‘Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
'Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
'Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. "Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
‘Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
‘But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you’” (Matthew 6:20-28)
Humility is true greatness
“An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great’” (Luke 9:46-48).
The greatest command
(Priest = similar position as imam; Levite = elite, priestly tribe; Samaritan = half-Jew, hated by Jews.)
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit everlasting life?’
“He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? How do you read it?’
“And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’
“And he said to him, ‘You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.’
“But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’
“Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, “Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.” Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?’
“He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’
“And Jesus said to him, ‘You go, and do likewise’” (Luke 10:25-37).
How to pray
“And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
"Father, hallowed be your name.
“Your kingdom come.
“Give us each day our daily bread,
“and forgive us our sins,
“for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
“And lead us not into temptation"’” (Luke 11:2-4).
(Pharisee = one who belonged to a religious, fundamental sect of the Jews.)
“While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.
“And the Lord said to him, ‘Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.
‘But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.’
“One of the lawyers answered him, ‘Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.’
“And he said, ‘Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,” so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation’” (Luke 11:37-50).
Whom to fear
"I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:4-9).
"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery” (Luke 16:18).
Repentance better than self-righteousness
“He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: ‘Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” ‘I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted’" (Luke 18:9-14).
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on’" (Luke 21:1-4).
Hardships of following Jesus
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels’” (Luke 9:23-26).
After hearing Christ’s teaching, are you ashamed of His words? He didn’t preach to please men but to tell them God’s Word. Rejecting Jesus isn’t worth gaining the whole world because you will lose your own soul in hell. Tomorrow, find out how Jesus is not merely a good teacher, but he is also an authentic prophet.
Day 1 - Jesus the Perfect Man
Day 2 - Jesus the Miracle Worker
Day 4 - Jesus the Prophet
Day 5 - Jesus the Savior
Day 6 - Jesus the Resurrected Lord
Day 7 - Jesus the Exalted King
Bible Study for Muslims - Who is Jesus? - Day 3