2.7 With Family, Visited Temple as a Boy

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Jan 16 2.7 Yearly at Passover, his parents went to Jerusalem. When Jesus was twelve, they made the annual trip and after the feast they started for home, unaware that Jesus stayed behind. After a days journey, they searched for him in their caravan. As they couldnt find him among relatives and friends, they returned to Jerusalem. After three days, they found him in the temple among the teachers, hearing and questioning them. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers. His parents were astonished to find him there, and Mary said, “Son, why have you treated us this way? We have been searching for you.”

Jan 17 Jesus asked, “Why did you? Didnt you know I had to be in my Fathers house?” But what he meant escaped them. He returned with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. Mary treasured all these events in her heart as Jesus increased in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man.

The emboldened portions in Sections 2.6 and 2.7 are for emphasis and both agree that Jesus grew up in the then usual religious tradition, learning two trades. In his case, carpentry1 and the priesthood. While he was daily being filled with wisdom and growing in the favor and grace of both God and man, until he reached the fullness of both disciplines at thirty years, when the Jewish priesthood could commence. It took that long, eighteen years, to achieve excellence in both fields.2