Thought for the Month- February 2014
Luke Ch 2 v46-52.
This closing section of Luke Ch. 2 is a section which should be of tremendous interest to us as believers, since it provides the only detailed record in Scripture, from those “hidden years”. We learn where He was found, and perhaps of greater interest, the words He spoke. It was after three days they found Him, what a change! And what a relief! Joseph and Mary had been searching for Him and they found Him. Philip in John ch.1 v45 exclaimed to Nathanael: We have found Him of whom Moses, one gets the impression that while Philip rejoiced it was rather that the Lord Jesus was seeking them. In Luke ch.2 Jesus was found sitting in the midst of the doctors; teachers of the law, both hearing them and asking them questions, not teaching them, is this not strange, after all He was the One in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The submission which would mark our Lord Jesus throughout His life is evident here. All that heard Him were amazed at his understanding and answers. The company He kept is a valuable lesson to us all but perhaps particularly to younger people. Now let us consider what He said.
How did God’s Son react to Mary’s sudden rebuke: “Why hast thou thus dealt with us”? Is this not a question we sometimes ask when difficulties and disappointments come into our lives? Is it not lovely to see the calm and sensitive response, “Why is it that you sought me”? Do you not understand that I must be about my Father’s business? At this early age He had complete understanding of a Divine relationship, this was surely His first claim to Deity, and the purpose for which He had come to earth. When the Lord Jesus reclined His head on the cross, it was again to His Father he said “Father into thy hands I commend my spirit’, so this first acknowledgement of the Divine relationship continued right to the end, when the Father’s business was completed. No wonder Mary kept all these sayings in her heart.
We cannot complete our meditation without considering the lovely gracious attitude toward His earthly parents. He went down with them to Nazareth. As any dutiful son in Israel would do, He would learn the trade of his earthly guardian, He would be known as the carpenter ref. Mark ch.6 v3. H. Paisley in his commentary on Mark makes the following lovely comment: “What grace that the great Creator would wear the garb of a lowly village carpenter”. He who hung the galaxies of stars in space, planets in orbit was subject to His earthly parents, dare I say it what an example this is to all young people of both genders! Ref. Eph.ch.6 v1.