by Avi T., Associate Pastor, Tents of Mercy Network
At age 12 He got "lost" - separated from His parents at the end of their yearly Passover pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mom and Joseph left for home in the Galilee. He did not. It might have looked like a sign of rebellion from a pre-teen, but this was not the case. The boy Yeshua stayed in the Temple fathoming the deep things of God, asking the rabbis many questions while they were astonished at His wisdom. Then His frustrated parents came to find him saying, "Don't you care? We have been looking everywhere for You!" He replied, "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business" (Luke 2:49)?
This incident was not about rebellion. Yeshua was being set apart and appointed by His heavenly Father in the direction of His life's purpose and calling, realizing God's direct personal involvement in His own life. The result and next stage of this "bar mitzvah" experience was: "And Yeshua increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52).
I believe there is a challenge here for us as "earthly" parents and communities, to view our preteens and teens in a similar light, to have grace for awkward incidents and to believe for their callings and destiny as they grow in wisdom and stature.
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