1. Understanding Authority

Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. - Photo Courtesy Lumo Bible Project


After the escape from Herod as a young child, the Scriptures are silent about the life of Jesus, though we can deduce from Luke that is was the custom of his family to keep the Feasts of the LORD. At the age of 12, Jesus had his bar mitzvah – moving him to the authority of his Father.

“JESUS AS A BOY OF TWELVE IN THE TEMPLE”

WHEN JESUS was twelve years old he went to Jerusalem with his parents for the Feast of Passover, as was their custom.

            Their religious duties completed, the parents went a day’s journey on their return to Nazareth before they discovered that Jesus was not in the company traveling with them.

            They returned to Jerusalem seeking him and, after three days, found him in the temple. He was sitting in the midst of the temple teachers, both hearing and asking them questions. All that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

            His parents were amazed and Mary asked:

            “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”

            And Jesus replied:

            “How is it that ye sought me? Know ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

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The Passover Feast: (Exodus 12:14-28; Numbers 28:16-25; Deuternomy 16:1-8)

These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

THINK RED INK: WORDS OF JESUS – 1. Understanding Authority

CHAPTER 1 SCRIPTURES (KJV)

Luke 2:41-52

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when [Jesus] was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”  And he said unto them, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

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