"Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

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Mt 8:18-22.
When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side.
A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of (his) disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”

     Temple scribes were a skilled professional class of citizens.While the general job description of a scribe might be one who writes documents, the temple scribes along with rabbis (a later term)were the primary interpreters of scripture. In the scribe approaching Jesus ,  one would have to question this scribe intentions . Was it to document Jesus teachings? Was he looking for employment? Was he trying to understand what Jesus taught about? If this scribes intent was simply for employment, Jesus stopped him in his tracks. He had no means to offer him money, he had no temple for him to set up shop. Jesus lived on the road and took no money. If the scribe were looking for an employer he had better look elsewhere. The missing line from the quote is the scribes response to “the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” The scribe said he would follow Jesus where ever he went. Did he mean that, did he understand the depth of what he had said? Jesus traveling was not about gathering people to form a new temple in this world, or to bring them to a new destination in this world. His travels were about leading people back to the God, I wonder if the scribe followed him on that Journey? Was the scribe only willing to follow Jesus to the destination he (the scribe) wanted, or was he truly willing to follow Jesus to the destination where Jesus wanted him to be?

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