(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b; Luke 2:39-52; 7/12/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)
Introduction: A key idea in today’s material is that Jesus grew in wisdom and favor. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to grow in understanding and obeying God’s will for our lives.
Summary Highlights: In Ecclesiastes, it is said that there is a time for everything. Specifically, there is a time for silence and speaking.
In Luke, Jesus is presented as the child of Joseph and Mary. The family went to the religious festivals per the Law and local customs. On one occasion, Jesus stayed behind to talk with the teachers of the Law.
This led to an exchange between Jesus and His mother. Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, as he obeyed His parents.
1. God’s timing. Notice in Ecclesiastes 1:7b that there is a time and place for everything, including a time to speak and to be silent......Let’s seek God’s wisdom for living, which includes timing.
2. Being godly everywhere. Notice in Luke 2:39 that
Joseph and Mary were known for trying to live by God’s will in Jerusalem
and in Nazareth. .....Let’s strive to live by godly/biblical principles in every area of our lives and wherever we find ourselves.
3. Young people. Notice in vss. 39-42, 46-47 that Jesus was brought up in the “church” of His day, which was known for teaching that allowed for questions and answers. ..... Let’s work on helping our young people grow in understanding and obeying God’s word.
4. Passover. Notice in vs. 41 that the Passover was being remembered and celebrated......Let’s work on remembering and celebrating the movement of God in our lives.
5. God first. Notice in vss. 43-46 that Jesus was focused on doing God the Father’s will more than living up to His parents’ expectations.......Let’s strive to prioritize obeying God’s will for our lives.
6. Heavenly and earthly authorities. Notice in vss. 48-52 that Jesus prioritizes doing God the Father’s will, and He was also obedient to His earthly parents. .....Let’s work on understanding and obeying God’s will for every area of our lives.