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Becoming First Among the Equals on Earth #5

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more



In the previous article, I concluded the exegesis on Psalms 119:98, and in this article I want to start writing on some of the things that I believe we can see from Psalms 119:99 which we need to emulate to become one of the “firsts among the equals” of our generation on earth.

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (Psa. 119:99)

The Verse Should Not Be Misconstrued

When an ordinary mind reads through this Psalm, he may want to think of this about the author of this verse:

(i) He is Proud

A statement like this when seen or read by teachers and or other servants who are learning one thing or another from teachers such a one may be tempted to say that the author is proud.

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(ii) Not Derogatory Word

People would tend sometimes to see this place as derogatory word, belittling his masters and teachers but he by this word does not imply that.

This We Can Deduce from the Statement

Let us see some of the positive things that we can deduct from this verse.

(i) Words of Testimony: The word is a testimonial one by the author because having viewed his teachers when he was young, and thought he cannot come near them in knowledge or be thinking when can he get to their position in knowledge, and as time passes by, God sparing his life, he now looks back and discovers that what he thought was elusive to him, what he thought he could never possess, he has possessed through the testimonies of Yahweh.

Everyone reading this at a time or another will have experienced what I said here, thanks to God for our teachers and instructors either secular ones or spiritual ones, when they were instructing us, when we were under their tutelage, at a time or another, we would have thought that can we ever get to the status this man or woman has gotten to? Such was the position this man finds himself decades back when he was under those teachers, however after looking back he discovers that he has exceeded the point he thought he can never reach in life.

Prophet Elisha falls to this category when he was under his master, prophet Elijah, that perhaps suggests why he asks for double of his power, and this he received from the Lord.

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And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

And he said, thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. (2 Ki. 2:9-10)

(ii) Lives of Some Spared: He was able to give this testimony because the lives of some of the teachers have been spared when he started manifesting, it was because their lives have been spared that he could make the assessment.

(iii) Making Assessments Helps Real Evaluation: It is always nice to make evaluation of ourselves, spiritually and physically, it is when we make assessments of ourselves that we shall be able to say whether we are making progress or not.

(iv) Word Shared is to Inspire Some: The word the Psalmist shared in this verse is to stimulate some believers that what they think is not possible is possible if they can stay glue to the words contained in the testimonies of God.

(v) Positive Word: This is a positive word that teachers should be happy with. A teacher friend has told me that the joy of teachers is seeing their students make advancements in their endeavors, in fact exceeding them. any teacher who is not happy with the progress of their students, such are perhaps not good teachers, many there be in this part of the world, spiritual and secular teachers who are not happy with their students’ progress and growth and essentially when they heard that they are doing exploits more than they are, therefore you will hear many of them say, “a river that forgets its source (or origin) will dry off”, suggesting that their students would soon be forgotten, become irrelevant.

But God has not taught us that, neither the prophets nor the apostles.

What the man states is a positive word that should make the hearts of the teachers merry, that those they have trained are making positive advancements in their endeavors in life as apostle John states,

For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 Jn 1:3-4)

Which type of teacher/instructor are you

Having shown us the negatives and positives that we can see from the verse, I shall continue with other exegesis of the verse in the next article.

But it should be noticed that what the author says does not connote pride. He was not saying his masters are nothing, he was not saying they are irrelevant in what they have done in his life, but what he was saying is, he has taken his time over the years to study the development of things with him and all thanks be to Yahweh, who has given him more understanding than they are.


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