Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Verse 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
We are going to spend another day watching 12 year old Jesus as He is sitting with the teachers.
Let's look at 4 things that are important about Jesus in this verse.
1. He was in the temple courts. He wasn't staying behind in Jerusalem just to see the sights, He was intentional about where He was. He went there with purpose. Do we go to church with a purpose?
2. He was sitting among the teachers. This was His purpose in staying behind. Notice that He wasn't sitting at their feet as to be taught but was sitting among them to share in the passing of understanding on the various topics and/or Scriptures. We sit among teachers when we want to learn and sharpen our understanding.
3. Listening to them. Jesus didn't sit there thinking they couldn't teach Him anything. He was humble and listened to hear what they were saying so He could build His knowledge. When we listen to others we learn more than just what they are saying, we learn how they think and reason. This kind of listening helps us grow in more than just knowledge of the topic, it increases our understanding of who others are and what they believe.
4. Asking them questions. Jesus didn't just assume He knew everything, He wanted to know more. Maybe some of those questions were also to make the teachers think in a way that stretched their previous understanding of the Scriptures. One of the best ways to learn is to ask questions. And it should go without saying that we need to listen to the answer.
These 4 items show us that Jesus, though young, was intentional about learning and understanding the Scriptures and God's desires of His people. To follow Jesus in the way of the cross we need to be intentional and purposeful about spending time with people who will help us grow in our understanding of the Bible and God's desires of His people.
Making it personal
Identify people in your life that would be beneficial to your spiritual journey. Think of a way to spend more time with them. Listening is a great way to learn but is something most of us struggle with, how can you learn to be a better listener? Asking can help us lean more but remember asking only helps you grow if you listen to the answer. Practice listening today.
Making it personal kids
Listening well can help us understand better. Play a game of Simon Says as a family to help you learn to listen better.
Dear Father, thank You for wanting to help us learn more about You and Your Son, Jesus. Please help us learn to listen better and give us a desire to learn more about You and Your Word. In Jesus' name, amen.