RABBI  – In Verse 49, Nathaniel recognizes a great power in Jesus because Jesus has told him things he could not have known in the natural.  He addresses Jesus as Rabbi meaning Teacher.   When the disciples and multitude him addressed directly, he was most often called “Teacher.”  In John 3:2: Nicodemus said, “We know that you are a teacher who has come from God…”  Jesus himself said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so for that is what I am” (John 13:13).

Teachers can still strengthen their own teaching skills by modeling Jesus’ use of these methods:   1. Questions: “Who or what do you say….” or “Which of you would…”  2. Textbooks, Classics:  Old Testament   3.  Field trips:  Look round you.  See the lilies, etc.  4. Analogies: the pearl, sheep, mustard seed  5. Personal touch:  Adulterous woman, lepers, taking children on his lap.

(This would be a good place for some of you to help increase my list.  Comments?)

KING OF ISRAEL –  John 1:49 Nathaniel’s words, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God and the King of Israel!  Perhaps “King of Israel” meant that Nathaniel believed Jesus was the Messiah who would come to set up an earthly throne.  If so, he was wrong.  Jesus did not come to reign as a King on earth.  But many of his followers believed that was going to happen.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Faye says:

    Yes indeed but HE is indeed so much more. He is MESSIAH. The Promised One from ages past. All the old Covenant now fulfilled in HIM. Oh Wow! when the lives of the gentiles have been given every change then will the scales fall from the eyes of Israel. Jesus Christ is their Promised Messiah. He is indeed King of all Kings. Rabbi in the fullest sense. Blessings! Keep inspiring and writing.

  2. Nassima says:

    Happy new year!
    I read your words and appreciated your love to Jesus (peace upon him) ❤
    I have a question for you if you allow me please; if you are praying and asking for something that you really really need, will you ask God, Jesus or Mery (peace upon them)?
    Looking forward to read from you😊

    • oneta hayes says:

      Nassima, I really love interaction and thank you for your question. I believe the Bible teaches us to pray to God the Father. I base that on two things. First, the prayer Jesus modeled was addressed to the Father. “Our Father which art in Heaven…” (Matthew 6:9) Second, prayers Jesus made were addressed to the Father. (John 11:41 “Father, I thank you that you have heard me….”) In reality now that I know Him better, I realize there is no hierarchy among Them. I do not think they are troubled by my titles for them. I pray one way sometimes and another way another time. I probably even address the Holy Spirit at times, but I don’t think that is the Biblical approach. The Bible says the Holy Spirit is to lead us to Jesus. But again, I can’t imagine that I would be denied just because I don’t know my theology well. Jesus said we were to become as a little child – he would never have said that if he were all hung up on procedure. I am not Catholic so I do not know the reason for praying to Mary. Perhaps someone else can address that issue. That is welcomed here. I do not think addressing one’s differences is the same as arguing.

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