Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:18-20
Ever noticed that sometimes (yes, I know, all the time), Jesus seems to sound an awful lot like the God of Abraham, Moses, and Jeremiah?
Here, a very weary Jesus commands His disciples to get this boat away from this ever-consuming crowd; now! …Too late, another encounter with humanity.
He has just preached the greatest sermon ever heard by human ears. He has healed, as the Bible proclaims, many. And He is tired. But before He can head off into the comfort and silence of this boat that will see Him calm the winds and the waves, that will carry Him to rescue men from a demon called Legion, He must entertain the request of a Scribe.
A Scribe who has watched Him teach and preach; heal and minister. It’s not very difficult to grasp what the Scribe has in mind.
The Scribe sees the man who teaches as no one has taught before, and the ability to heal also! The Scribe thinks to himself, “I make my living teaching others. The more students I gather, the more revenue I bring in.” Want to greatly increase profits? “I’m attaching myself to this man and His following — I can’t lose.”
Jesus thwarts his materialistic expectations with truth. “Follow Me… but know this; you may never have a roof over your head again.”
“The demands of the authentic Jesus are personal and costly.” D. A. Carson