Under Judaism, or the Old Law, people were born into God’s family by having Jewish parents, and then they had to be taught to “know the Lord.” Jeremiah, the prophet, said that the day would come when “they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord…” (Jeremiah 31:34). This passage is quoted in Hebrews 8 and applied to the New Testament. Therefore, under the New Covenant, people must be taught to “know the Lord” before they can enter God’s family.
Jesus emphasized the importance of teaching when he said, “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard from the Father, and hath learned, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). In Matthew’s account of the “great commission,” Jesus said, “Teach all nations” and, after baptizing them, “teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 20:18-20). Christ also stressed the importance of teaching when He said that “the seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). Just as there can be no harvest without seed, there can be no child of God without the word being taught and obeyed. Continue reading » White Unto Harvest: Christianity – A Taught Religion