In the dust of the Rabbi- Day 15


Title: The boyhood of Jesus part 1


Scriptures to Read: Luke 2:40


Commentary:


Luke summarizes Jesus life in one verse

Luke provides us with a summary statement of Jesus life from the ages 4-12 years. Luke 2:40 says “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” Let us seek to answer the question: “How did Jesus grow in gain wisdom and knowledge?”


The basic education process of a young Jewish boy in Galilee

Jewish boys in Galilee began Beth Sefer (elementary education) at age four or five. A Torah teacher (teacher of the law) taught them to read and memorize the Torah. At age thirteen, the very best male students adanced to Beth Midrash. In the culture of Jesus’ day, a young man who had been an outstanding Beth Midrash student and had a desire to be a talmid would ask a rabbi and study with him. The rabbi would get to know the potential talmid, test him, and evaluate him based on his knowledge, commitment, and other desirable qualities. Then the rabbi would accept or reject him as his talmid.


Training in a spiritual Jewish home

Yeshua, we already know, grew up in a spiritual home, for both Miriam and Joseph were of the believing remnant. The basic education ladder for a Jewish boy in Jesus day was as follows:
• At age 5 – He starts studying the written Law
• At age 10 – He starts studying the oral Law
• At age 12 – He starts to learn a trade as an apprentice
• At age 13 – He has his Bar Mitzvah
• Between ages 16-20 they would marry


Jesus was privately tutored by God the Father

Yeshua underwent this basic training at his home and synagogue. But that does not explain his tremendous knowledge. For at the age of 12, how he could carry on the intelligent conversations of the Law with the teachers of the Law in the temple compound. Here is one example where we learn something of the Messianic person from the Jewish Scriptures that is not detailed in the New Testament (Isaiah 50:1-6). Isaiah has several passages on the Servant of Jehovah. In verse one we want see that the “Lord God” (God the Father) is speaking to “me” (God the Son). Now let’s read verse 4-6:

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.”

As the Messiah was growing up, morning by morning He was awakened by God the Father to be taken aside to be trained and taught for His Messianic mission. So besides his training at home and the synagogue, Yeshua was privately tutored by God the Father.

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