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As was His custom

by Frederic Coraboeuf

"Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught [didasko] them" (Mark 10:1 NIV).

Thus Jesus used to teach his disciples, but also the crowds that followed him, as well as his accusers (Mark 12:1). This is why He was called 'Rabbi ['Master' in Hebrew]' (Mark 9:5) or 'Master [Didaskalos in Greek]' (Mark 10:20), because he used many parables to tell them the Word according to they were able to hear (Mark 4:33).

Like the rabbis, Jesus referred to the Torah, "What did Moses command you?" (Mark 10:3) or the Scriptures, "Have you never read in the Scriptures?" (Matthew 21:42). While relying on the written Word of God, Jesus manifested the love of God [agapè] to His people (Mark 10:21). Thus whoever had ears to hear heard (understood) (Mark 4:9).