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Friday, June 05, 2015

Luke 2:41-48

 The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.  
44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”


I wonder with whom the boy Jesus stayed the three days he was in Jerusalem.

I wonder what he and the teachers discussed.

I wonder where he gained his knowledge.  Verse 40 says that he was filled with wisdom, and that the grace of God was upon him, but this does not mean that he was thereby well trained to discussion of the Torah in the temple with men who have spent their entire lives studying.

It is easy to just assume that God just poured knowledge into Jesus, but that strikes me as a lazy approach to the story. Plus the fact that "pouring knowledge into" is a terrible concept for describing a complex process.

Jesus studied with his mother, Mary or Miriam.
She was gratia plena, full of grace, too...  κεχαριτωμένη Μαρία !

When I saw my icon of her today, I said:

صباح الخير،
أم كل التعلم

which I guess would be, "Good morning, mother of all learning."

And I stared briefly, then went to write this.


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