SEVEN EXAMPLES OF TEACHABLE PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FEBRUARY 24, 2024

TOPIC: SEVEN EXAMPLES OF TEACHABLE PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE

BY T. O. BANSO

“A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands” (Proverbs 14:6 Amplified Bible Classic Edition).

When a person is teachable, it means he can learn by being taught. A teachable person is ready and willing to learn. Some people are not teachable. They don’t desire knowledge. They are not able to learn by being taught. They feel they already know everything. They are wise in their eyes. Such people are deceiving themselves because nobody knows everything. Proverbs 12:15 says the way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise. The Bible says there is more hope for a fool than for someone wise in his eyes (Proverbs 26:12). It also says in Isaiah 5:21,Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (New King James Version).

However, some people desire knowledge but are not willing to learn; they don’t have the right attitude to learn. No matter how great someone is as a teacher, he cannot impart knowledge to a student who is not willing to learn or doesn’t have the right attitude. Teachable people don’t assume they know it all. They are willing to learn and, therefore, listen very well. They are humble and also respond to corrections and ask questions. Teachable people are lifelong learners. It has been said that when we stop learning we start dying. Teachable people can learn in person or virtually. They can learn in the classroom and outside it. Indeed, they can learn from anyone and every event.

A Christian should not be wise in his eyes and should be ready and willing to always learn from contemporaries, seniors, and subordinates. He should be teachable in church, school, workplace, and society. I am talking about learning good things, things that are consistent with the teachings of the Bible.

The Bible shows us examples of teachable people whom we can emulate. But I will limit myself to just seven.

1. Moses. Moses whom God called to lead the Israelites out of the land of Egypt listened to the advice of his father-in-law, Jethro, to delegate authority to leaders he would choose among the Israelites instead of judging the people alone from morning till evening. Moses followed his advice. He benefitted from the wisdom of Jethro whom God didn’t give the assignment to lead the Israelites. He didn’t say that he had the monopoly of wisdom (Exodus 18:13-26).

2. Namaan. Naaman was the commander of the army of the king of Syria. He was a great and honourable man in the eyes of his master because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valour, but a leper (2 Kings 5:1). Naaman was teachable. He listened to his wife on the information from the little slave girl from Israel on how he would be healed of his leprosy if he went to the prophet in Israel, Elisha. He went. When he didn’t want to dip into the River Jordan because he said there were better rivers in his country, his servants persuaded him to do what Elisha said. He changed his mind, dipped in the Jordan seven times, and was healed (2 Kings 5:2-14).

3. The Ethiopian Eunuch. He was an important official in charge of the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. Despite his status, he didn’t feel too big to admit his ignorance when Phillip asked him if he understood what he was reading. Phillip explained to him the scripture he was reading. He asked to be baptized and Phillip baptized him (Acts 8:26-38).

4. Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council (John 3:1; 7:50-51). Jesus called him Israel’s teacher (John 3:10). But he didn’t allow his status to go to his head. He came to Jesus by night. What you don’t know, you don’t know! What was important to him was learning what he didn’t know. When Jesus said unless one was born again, he could not see the kingdom of God, Nicodemus asked Him how to be born again (John 3:3-4). He eventually became a secret disciple of Jesus (John 19:39).

5. The Berean Christians. The Bible says in Acts 17:10-11 that the Berean Christians listened eagerly to Paul’s message and searched the Scriptures day after day to see if what Paul said was true. They had a good attitude. Consequently, many of them believed, as well as many important Greek women and men.

6. Apollos. The Bible describes Apollos, a Jew, as an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well. He had been taught the way of the Lord, but he knew only about John’s baptism. When he arrived at Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt, he talked to others with great enthusiasm and accuracy about Jesus. But he could only preach what he knew. What you don’t know, you don’t know. After a couple, Priscilla and Aquila, apparently more knowledgeable than him, heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God more accurately to him (Acts 18:24-26).

Apollos must have listened well to Priscilla and Aquila and added what they taught him to what he already knew thus becoming a better preacher.

7. The Twelve disciples in Ephesus. These twelve disciples didn’t know about the Holy Spirit. They didn’t receive the Holy Spirit when they believed. They didn’t hide their ignorance from Paul when he asked them if they received the Holy Spirit when they believed. They told him clearly that they had not so much as heard whether there was a Holy Spirit. “And he said to them, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ So they said, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Then Paul said, ‘John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus’” (Acts 19:3-4 New King James Version).

On hearing this, these twelve disciples were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul placed his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came on them; they spoke in tongues and prophesied. If they were not teachable, they wouldn’t have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit that day, spoken in tongues, and prophesied.

There are other examples of teachable people in the Bible. Learn from these Bible characters. Are you teachable?  A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands” (Proverbs 14:6 Amplified Bible Classic Edition). Be teachable. Don’t be wise in your eyes, as the Bible says in Proverbs 3:7. Have the right attitude towards learning. Unteachable people rob themselves of great benefits. Be teachable.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to have the right attitude towards learning. I shall not be wise in my eyes but take advantage of every opportunity to learn. I shall be a lifelong learner.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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