The Great Teacher of Promise

“the Holy Spirit…
will teach you all things and remind you of everything…”
John 14:26 (NIV)

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I well recall a couple of history teachers I had during my formal education. One was the most boring person I have ever met. “Monotone Malcom” we would call him. He droned on endlessly in class and many times each lecture my hand would finally draw a wiggly line as I went to sleep. If he could have bottled his style and marketed it as a cure for insomnia he would have made a fortune.

The other outstanding professor of history I had was animated and powerful. He would wave his arms like a windmill, shout here and whisper there, as he described the scenes he was seeking to get into our heads. He would have the heroes of the battle running up and down the lecture room aisles as the battle seesawed back and forth. It was sensational stuff and we loved it.

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The Great Teacher of Promise

“the Holy Spirit…
will teach you all things and remind you of everything…”
John 14:26 (NIV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional

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I well recall a couple of history teachers I had during my formal education. One was the most boring person I have ever met. “Monotone Malcom” we would call him. He droned on endlessly in class and many times each lecture my hand would finally draw a wiggly line as I went to sleep. If he could have bottled his style and marketed it as a cure for insomnia he would have made a fortune.

The other outstanding professor of history I had was animated and powerful. He would wave his arms like a windmill, shout here and whisper there, as he described the scenes he was seeking to get into our heads. He would have the heroes of the battle running up and down the lecture room aisles as the battle seesawed back and forth. It was sensational stuff and we loved it.

When Jesus spoke of the coming of the Holy Spirit He never said the Spirit would be dramatic or sensational, or that those to whom He came would have ecstasies of emotion. But instead the promise was that this One would be a fantastic teacher and not only bring all the new information the disciples needed but would work on their memories to ensure they recalled all of Jesus’ teaching.

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Asking for help

“…he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever”
John 14:16 (NIV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional - Asking for help

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Everyone who has had children knows something about how they are wired. Parents all know that every child is programmed to want to help mommy or daddy when something is being done in the home.

When it is time to make muffins the child wants to stir the ingredients. They want to spoon the dough into the paper cups. Or if daddy is hammering something the child will run and get their toy hammer and hammer along also. This seems to be part of growing up, the desire to imitate and do what big people do.

As we get older we come to understand that there are many things we simply cannot do for ourselves. For example, when we have a toothache we do not try to fill the tooth ourselves or extract it. Instead, we go to the local dentist and have the work done by a professional.

There are times and situations that are altogether too much for us and we are wise if we recognize our need for expert help with our issues in life. This is the case when Jesus spoke the words in our text for today. Jesus was soon to leave them to go back to heaven and in preparing them for His departure He was assuring them of Someone who was coming to take His place. Jesus would never leave His people alone to get by on their own wits.

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The Great Teacher of Promise

“the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things and remind you of everything…” John 14:26 (N|IV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - The Great Teacher of PromiseI well recall a couple of history teachers I had during my formal education. One was the most boring person I have ever met. “Monotone Malcom” we would call him. He droned on endlessly in class and many times each lecture my hand would finally draw a wiggly line as I went to sleep. If he could have bottled his style and marketed it as a cure for insomnia he would have made a fortune.

The other outstanding professor of history I had was animated and powerful. He would wave his arms like a windmill, shout here and whisper there, as he described the scenes he was seeking to get into our heads. He would have the heroes of the battle running up and down the lecture room aisles as the battle seesawed back and forth. It was sensational stuff and we loved it.

When Jesus spoke of the coming of the Holy Spirit He never said the Spirit would be dramatic or sensational, or that those to whom He came would have ecstasies of emotion. But instead the promise was that this One would be a fantastic teacher and not only bring all the new information the disciples needed but would work on their memories to ensure they recalled all of Jesus’ teaching.

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Asking for help

“…he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever” John 14:16 (NIV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional - Asking for help
We should not be embarrassed about the fact that in different areas of life we need help from an expert.

Everyone who has had children knows something about how they are wired. Parents all know that every child is programmed to want to help mommy or daddy when something is being done in the home. When it is time to make muffins the child wants to stir the ingredients. They want to spoon the dough into the paper cups. Or if daddy is hammering something the child will run and get their toy hammer and hammer along also. This seems to be part of growing up, the desire to imitate and do what big people do.

As we get older we come to understand that there are many things we simply cannot do for ourselves. For example, when we have a toothache we do not try to fill the tooth ourselves or extract it. Instead, we go to the local dentist and have the work done by a professional.

We should not be embarrassed about the fact that in life we need help from an expert in different areas of life. Occasionally we may try to fix the problem ourselves only to get in too deep and have to cry for help. Occasionally the results of trying to help ourselves can be lethal. I recall doing the funeral of a young husband and father many years ago who died when he tried to start his car. He was pouring liquid gasoline down the carburettor and the engine backfired. The flame ignited the gas he was pouring into the engine and the burns he received were fatal.

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