“A student is not above his teacher ..." (Matthew 10:24-25)

“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beezlebub, how much more the members of his household?" (Matthew 10:24-25)

Is Jesus referring to himself as a teacher?

Here Jesus discusses the relationship of humility between student and teacher while explaining how the follower can be gauged by who his teacher is.

Jesus is illustrating the importance for our finding a teacher of Truth, and then humbling oneself before that teacher and learning from him. Jesus is certainly the teacher of those he taught, and he took this occasion and many others to make clear that once a person finds a teacher who is the servant and representative of God, one should dedicate himself to the service of pleasing that teacher.

If the teacher is truly a servant of the Supreme Being, whose goal is to do the Supreme Being's will, then serving such a teacher becomes non-different from serving the Supreme Being. This is because the servant of the Supreme Being works to please the Supreme Being. So pleasing such a servant of the Supreme Being will be pleasing to the Supreme Being.

This confidential relationship between the Supreme Being, the servant of the Supreme Being, and the servant of the servant of the Supreme Being is the beautiful spiritual relationship that brings one into the fold of the Supreme Being’s kingdom. By honoring the teacher and servant of the Supreme Being (who also must be the servant of the servant of the servant of the Supreme Being), and following his or her instructions, we become pleasing to the Supreme Being, which develops our own personal relationship with the Supreme Being.

Can we have a personal relationship with God?

We know we can because this was Jesus' primary teaching. It was also Moses' and so many other Prophets' primary teaching.

This ability is actually a part of us. We are all originally created by the Supreme Being, and each of us has an instinctive relationship with Him.

Therefore, resuming that relationship is not complex, but it requires determination. Praying to God; praising Him; making offerings to Him; wanting to do His will. These are common among most personal relationships.

Why does Jesus mention “Beezlebub”?

This was the term used to describe someone who opposes or rejects the Supreme Being. Many scholars point to the worship of the idol Ba’al in the Old Testament as the source of this connotation.

In other words, the term refers to someone who rejected the worship of the Supreme Being by worshiping demigods or idols. Some further define this connotation as describing ‘lucifer’ or ‘satan.’

In this context, these two names are often referred to as fallen angels who now serve to tempt and tease those in the physical world.

While this is certainly an acceptable connotation, we must also realize that those of us here in this physical world away from the Supreme Being are here because of our own choosing. We are each fallen angels. Those who reject or ignore the Supreme Being’s existence while reveling in the temporary pleasures of the world - and giving our lives to materialism are all part of the ‘lucifer’ and ‘satan’ clan.

Therefore, we cannot blame satan or the devil for our predicament. Being here, away from God is our responsibility. It is based upon our previous and current decisions to turn away from the Supreme Being.

Yes, we each rejected the Supreme Being and fell down into this physical world. This is the analogy of Adam and eve and the garden of Eden.

This does not mean that we cannot return to Him, however. We certainly have the choice to change direction - at every moment. With every tick of the clock brings a new opportunity for each of us to choose between the Supreme Being and our self-centered desires. The choice is always ours.