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Lesson # Luke 2:39-40
Study Material - Luke 2:39-40
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
While still in the age of Israel, Jesus was under the requirements of the Law of Moses. This demanded that the various rituals be followed so as to teach Gods Word and to respect Gods will by being compliant with the Law which was still in effect. So Joseph and Mary, and Jesus through them, were in complete compliance with the Law. Moreover, they understood the meaning of the rituals as they pointed to the savior, Jesus, who is the reality, as the rituals were mere shadows of the reality. After they completed their duties under the law, they then returned to Galilee.
Here we have to borrow from Matt. 2, to get some more detail as to the chronology of the events to follow. They stayed in Bethlehem during these forty plus days from registration to Rome, birth, and compliance with the requirements of the Mosaic Law. Since they offered pigeons as their sacrifice, which is an indication of their poor status, the Magi must have arrived after this period. Joseph and Mary were still in Bethlehem as indicated by Matthew. It will be at that time that the gifts of gold, which will give them the resources to travel and live in a little bit better status, the frankincense which reflects the aroma of acceptance to God of this child, and the myrrh which is an expensive rubbing compound used for preparation of dead bodies prior to placing in the grave. Then they were warned not to stay, but to go to Egypt for a while and then return to Israel. When they returned they did not go to Bethlehem but returned back to Nazareth. This is where Luke picks up on his story. All of these events took place during the first 12 years of the life of Jesus, or rather prior to His 12th birthday. Remember that Luke looks at Christ from the perspective of his human manhood. Matthew looks at Christ from the perspective as King. Mark takes the servant approach while John takes the God approach. Thus all four books look at Jesus Christ from all perspectives, King, servant, man, and God. While there is some duplication in the books, the perspective is totally different in all four books.
It is also interesting to note that once the Magi arrived in Jerusalem, that no one cared about the prophecy of the birth of a King of the Jews, and this was their point of interest too. Jesus had been just a stones throw from Jerusalem, and had made several trips to Jerusalem during they first couple of months of his life. Herod could have easily led or sent an armed contingent to find the child and done away with him. Yet Herod could not locate Jesus. Even though the shepherds found him easily, and the Magi found him easily.
God protects those who belong to Him, in spite of the threats surrounding the believer in this world. Those who would have evil done to you will not succeed so long as you are positive toward doctrine, and are advancing daily in your spiritual life. Remaining in fellowship is a must too. This is all a part of your spiritual life, because this places you inside Gods sphere of power and therefore under His protection and blessing. The grace of God was upon Jesus as he grew up. So it should be with you. By remaining positive and dedicated to your spiritual growth. Jesus shows us the pattern we should follow. Though as God, Jesus Christ holds the universe together, but with respect to his first incarnation, he did not rely on his own power, but on the power of Holy Spirit to sustain him through his time from birth through his resurrection.
So also we should rely on this same power by being in fellowship and learning doctrine during our individual lives. Jesus continued learning wisdom. In the time prior to his 12th birthday, Jesus was positive toward Bible doctrine and he learned it perfectly and thoroughly. As God he knew all there is to know, but as man he had to learn just as you and I would. But his attitude and the lack of a sin nature in him gave him that edge that we all could have in life if we just complied with Gods will. We have a sin nature, but God has given us a mechanism for making ourselves 'without blemish', and that is the confessional routine which we follow to gain fellowship. God gave each of us volition to be positive of negative toward His Word. So we have available to us, the same resources that Jesus had. And if you think of it Adam did too. But Adam failed because man is weak and we find our strength only in God through His word resident in our soul. Jesus had no human weapons to depend on, no status, no wealth, no battery of lawyers, and most of us don't either. But the power of God is far stronger than any power in this world. By relying on God through the mechanisms which He has provided we can have inner peace, prosperity, stability and a tremendous investment in our eternal state. Eph. 4:13, 16, we should strive to become whole, having our inner self become complete by means of doctrine in our soul and achieve maturity so that we do not reflect our own glory, but that of God.
Children by their nature are weak in understanding and their resolve. Jesus was strong in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit guided him in all that he did. Other children chase after their imaginations and foolishness and fun. Jesus was filled with wisdom. All that he said and did was strong in wisdom with perfect humility and understanding. Other children are born of corruption and sin inevitably enters into their life from self, from environment. Jesus was surrounded by sin yet sin was never found in him. He was born free, yet became sin on the Cross for us and in our place and from His own choice.
Jesus continued to grow up strong. He is always depicted as some kind of weakling with long hair, yet this picture of Christ is inaccurate. Verse 53 states that His stature increased as well. He was a very strong man, muscular and powerful. He could have easily prevented the authorities from taking him to trial, and six trials at that. But he yielded to the will of God the Father and voluntarily went to the Cross despite his physical strength. He yielded to the abuse and beatings he received in those trials which were intended to provoke anger and retaliation. He remained the perfect sacrifice, without blemish.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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