“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi'”, Jesus told His disciples and the people around Him. “For you have only one Teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.”
“And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father’, for only God in Heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher’, for you have only one Teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:8-12 NLT
Long ago, at Mt Sinai, God Himself had spoken the Ten Commandments to The Children of Israel; in their terror at the presence of God, they had begged that God would speak to them only through Moses. And, in the centuries that followed, the Word of God came to them through the prophets, and their worship of God was performed by the priests. In fact, Israelites who were not priests had died when they handled the Ark of God, or looked into it.
There had arisen a whole class of religious leaders, teaching the law as well as hundreds of their own traditions. Nor were they at all united in their teachings; Matthew 22 lists at least 3 separate parties– Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians. Their serious doctrinal differences included such fundamentals as the resurrection!
In addressing these people, Jesus said “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! for you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter, either.” Matthew 23:13 NLT
Jesus came to bring to pass the ancient prophesy in Jeremiah; “They shall not teach every man his neighbor saying ‘Know the Lord’; for all shall know Me from the least to the greatest.” He came to reveal His Father to men; “When you pray,” He told His disciples, “Say ‘Our Father’.”
What a measureless blessings we have been given! The Father of Jesus Christ to be our Father. The Holy Spirit to teach us directly the things of God, to bring alive in us the teachings of Jesus Christ.