The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?
Here everyone is surprised by Jesus’ teaching. They wonder how He came by His extraordinary understanding. They are especially astounded because they think He never studied.
They’re wrong. This Teacher is also a student. He’s been paying attention to His Father all His life.
At twelve years of age in the temple, He amazed the teachers of the law. Even then, He told them He must be about His Father’s business.
Now the Teacher reveals the source of His wisdom - My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.
He then shares the secret to acquiring such life-changing knowledge.
If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
Students of the Teacher take note. From the beginning Jesus made a choice. He made a decision to seek the Father’s Will.
This is His secret that opened for Him a life of wisdom and power. And the decision to seek God is still the secret to every successful student’s life.
Certainly Jesus studied and knew the Scriptures, but the secret to His amazing knowledge goes far deeper. His deep understanding did not come primarily from studying. Other rabbis knew the Scriptures very well.
No, He was given Wisdom from above because of the decision He made – a commitment to do God’s Revealed Will.
When you think about it, why would God reveal amazing, insightful truths to one who isn’t first seriously committed to follow them? Such knowledge would be wasted on one who doesn’t intend to do what God desires in the first place. That’s why the Teacher says the road to real wisdom begins with THE DECISION.