“Go into all the world and make “Talmidim”… make of ALL people ‘those who study/learn’. The simplest, purest definition of a Talmid in Hebrew is ‘a student of Torah’. So much so, the Jewish people call their whole body of literature about the Torah, “Talmud”. But, Yeshua is the Torah, the “Word”, in a human Body.
To LEARN Yeshua is to experience His suffering, and STICK with Him.
He tells us that we cannot be His Talmid if we do not take up our own stake.
Yeshua carried a stake through the city with His back torn open and His body draining His blood through Jerusalem. He carried it up a hill. Toward the end, a man named Shimon was ‘compelled’ to carry Yeshua’s execution stake. [no, it was NOT a cross]. Shimon was ‘standing by’ with the crowd. Perhaps his two sons, Alexander and Rufus, were with him. [Mark 15]
When Yeshua’s flesh began to fail Him, to meet the standard of the world in regard to His endurance of their persecution, they compelled Shimon to carry it for Him. They laid their persecution on those standing by watching Yeshua suffer.
It COSTS a great deal truly to LEARN Yeshua in this world. It COSTS bearing the SUFFERING of Messiah, sometimes even in our bodies.
It COSTS our friendships, our ‘reputation’, our social standing. It costs our ‘self image’, which in most cases is idolatry, especially when the image we have of ourselves defies scripture. It costs our affection for the things of this world. Soon, it will likely cost our very livelihoods. Especially if we keep His ways, and bear up when the world denies us the ability to do so. This world is demanding your subservience, and it seems most people are WILLINGLY SURRENDERING to it.
“As for me and my house, we shall SERVE יהוה .”
“And he who does not take up his stake and follow me cannot be a talmid to me. For which of you who wishes to build a tower does not at first sit down and consider its cost, to see if he has enough to finish it? Lest after he has laid the foundation, he is not able to finish it, and all who see it will mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build, but he was not able to finish.'”