The Reward of Teaching — Genesis 15
In five different translations, compare this portion of Genesis 15:1 where the LORD is talking to Abram:
ESV: I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.
KJV: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
NASB: I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.
NIV: I am your shield, your very great reward.
NRSV: I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.
Hebrew scholars probably have good reasons why the ESV, the NASB, and the NASB, differ from the KJV and the NIV. But I agree with the KJV and the NIV. Personally, I cannot think of any greater reward than knowing God and having a personal relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Of course, the reward of knowing God is not something I have earned, but a matter of pure grace that Bible teachers before me helped me to understand and accept.
The reward of teaching is at least twofold: our greatest reward as teachers comes from knowing God personally and being known by God; the other part of our reward is knowing that we are helping others come to know God personally too — as their “very great reward” through faith in Jesus Christ as the Bible teaches us.
So, when we study the Bible, God the Holy Spirit comes to help us, a very great reward. When we teach the Bible to our students, God the Holy Spirit comes to help all of us learn, a very great reward indeed!
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May God continue to bless your teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!
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For the love of God's Word,
L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.