WISDOM - Makes You Extraordinary
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on February 5th, 2012

Wisdom – Makes You Extraordinary

Luke 2 : 21, 25 – 32, 36 – 40, 41 – 52 (52)  NKJV
 
Christ Born of Mary

The Birth and Childhood of Jesus
(Matt. 1:18–25 )
1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
 
Glory in the Highest
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 ​​“Glory to God in the highest,
​​And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
 
Circumcision of Jesus
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
 
Jesus Presented in the Temple
22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD” ), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
 
Simeon Sees God’s Salvation
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 ​​“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
​​According to Your word;
30 ​​For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 ​​Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 ​​A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
​​And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
 
Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
 
The Family Returns to Nazareth
39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,  filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
 
The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars
41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
 
Jesus Advances in Wisdom and Favor
51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.


Wisdom is not synonymous with age.

Wisdom is synonymous with possessing the Living Spirit of God on the inside.

Wisdom is synonymous with possessing the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
 
Throughout this chapter, we see Jesus Christ as a baby then as One who has begun adolescence.

We see Jesus in verses 41 through 52 as the Boy who is now age 12, yet He is allowed to join the men in the temple.
 
One authority on Jewish culture
(http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?menu=c10400&no=269777&rel_no=1) stated that boys during this time in antiquity, became adults at age 13. It's a tradition that dates before the time of Jesus Christ, more than 2,000 years ago, when life expectation was very short. In that time, people were expected to live only 30 or 35 years. That's why a generation is counted each 25 years today.

Then, at age 13, a boy had lived about half of his life, so he was expected to have children (procreate). Even among Jews in Brazil, girls were married at 14 and 15 years old until recently. For women, life was very short because many died during childbirth. Until 13 and 12 years old, boys and girls respectively, don't need to follow the orders of religion.

Girls are considered to come of age at 12 years old, although there is no ceremony to certify this. For Jewish boys, they must go through what is known as a Bar Mitzvah (Bar is "man" and "Mitzvah" means obligation to be a provider).

According Jewish tradition, a religious ceremony takes place marking the obligation of someone to be considered as adult. This happens on Saturdays, a day dedicated to reading of the scriptures in the Torah.

At a synagogue, the boy being honored reads a part of the Torah. The day doesn't have to be the boy's birthday, but it should be after he turns 13 years old. After reading the Torah, he can be considered an adult for religious purposes and be allowed to read the Torah at other times. A party usually follows the ceremony. The ritual is conducted by Jewish people from each country, not only Brazil.
 
For girls, there is an event -- not a religious ceremony -- called Bat Mitzvah ("Bat" means "girl"). It doesn't register with the Jewish liturgy, but it became popular in the last 30 years so that boys and girls can both have parties. During a Bat Mitzvah, girls from 12 to 14 years old perform music and Jewish dances.

The model was inspired by debutante parties, where girls are officially presented to society in the Occidental world. There isn't any obligation assumed by a girl at a Bat Mitzvah. The Jewish orthodox people don't promote Bat Mitzvahs, but liberal groups have embraced them.

For boys and girls, these events are prepared through lots of studying. To many children who study in the Jewish educational system, this is their first contact with Jewish religion and tradition.

The Bar Mitzvah is necessary to be considered Jewish. In the Talmud, the Jewish book of laws, it says age 13 is the ideal age to marry; between 16 and 24 years old is the age to work; and from 20 years old is the best age to sustain a family.T

The boy Jesus shows us how wisdom make us extraordinary.
 
1.     LISTEN - Listen to the People that Possess Wisdom (v. 46)   

Wise People in God are Extraordinary.
Wise People "of the World" are Ordinary in God's Sight – they don’t possess the Mind of Christ .
 
2.     ASK QUESTIONS - Seek to Learn from the People that Know God (v. 46 ) 

RESULTS: Wisdom-filled understanding and answers (v. 47)
 
3.     SUBMIT (v. 49 – 51 (51))

Submit to Your Elders (parents, Christian mentors)
Submit to the Word of God

RESULTS
Growth in Wisdom (Sophia  so-fē'-ä  (G4678); human wisdom) and
Stature (hēlikia  hā-lē-kē'-ä  (G2244); physical height).
                               
Application of the Wisdom of God results in Extraordinary Growth in BOTH Spiritual AND Physical Capacities.
 


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