Students Well-Trained in God's Kingdom

Matthew 13:51-58 The Message

What might a well trained student in God's Kingdom be like? What was it like for Jesus and what does he teach us about discernment?

Jesus asked, “Are you starting to get a handle on all this?”

They answered, “Yes.”

He said, “Then you see how every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it.”
When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise, get such ability?” But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “We’ve known him since he was a kid; he’s the carpenter’s son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?” They got their noses all out of joint.

But Jesus said, “A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family.” He didn’t do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference.

For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, phrase or image which stood out to you as you listened to the text? 

What affect did the text have on you? Can you name it? Bring it into a conversational prayer with Jesus and journal your dialogue.

What did you notice about Jesus in the text? Ponder, dwell on what you noticed about him. Perhaps you might have a conversation with him about what you noticed.