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#20 Why Jesus didn’t go to School

05/23/2021

We know from the remarks of the rabbis that Jesus did not attend their schools. Yet they were amazed at his knowledge and understanding of the scriptures. The story of his first Passover in Jerusalem gives evidence of his original mind and independent thinking. Jesus was homeschooled by his parents and God. His mother was […]

Know God in a Year #19 Child Development

05/20/2021

After Herod’s death, Joseph was directed to return home to Nazareth. In this poor mountain village, Jesus developed according to the natural stages of childhood, learning who he was. Significant is the brief account of His early years. “The child grew…strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and…in favor with God and man.” Two statements that […]

Know God in a Year #18 The Gift of Recognition

05/19/2021

Unlike the shepherds, the Magi haven’t been prepared for Jesus’ poverty. They still expect, at the least, a royal entourage. Arriving in Bethlehem, they again wonder at the absence of any sign of preparation for this awesome event or any guard for this baby king. This is highly irregular for the birth of royalty. He’s […]

Know God in a Year #17 Guided by God

05/18/2021

These Magi entering Jerusalem on their camels, decked out for royalty, look spectacular and make the news of their questions and their mission spread like fire. They are scholars, honest-hearted men, but the priests in Jerusalem cannot concede that God would pass by them and tell these “heathen.” They won’t be taught by them! They […]

Know God in a Year #16 The Star for the Magi

05/17/2021

#16 One night three students of the stars see an explosion of light in the far sky that seems to leave a new star. They know it isn’t anything fixed or familiar. And the conviction that it is special begins to grow. Have we seen it for a reason? They wonder. God is always looking for people […]

Know God in a Year #15 The Comfort of Foreshadowing

05/16/2021

Simeon turns from praising God, to Mary, “This child is destined to be a sign which men reject.  The sword of sadness will pierce your heart also.”  he begins. God is speaking prophetically through Simeon to prepare Mary for the rejection of Jesus. He continues, “Many in Israel will fall and rise again because of […]

Know God in a Year #14 Confirmation of Messiah

05/13/2021

Simeon just happens to walk into the temple while Jesus is being dedicated. Just happens? No, Simeon has such a connection with God that he has heard Ruach tell him he will not die before he has seen the Messiah. This morning he feels unusually drawn to the temple. Entering, he suddenly “knows” why he […]

Know God in a Year #13 The First Born

05/12/2021

A baby’s cry pierces the stillness of the temple. It is Jesus’ eighth day and He has just been circumcised as a promise to obey God’s law. An infant promising? It was for the  parents to promise to teach him God’s law. Boundaries are so important to child development in feeling safe. Every first-born son […]

Know God in a Year #12 The Unbelievable Reality

05/11/2021

The shepherds collect themselves in the darkness, still seeing the brightest picture in their minds, still hearing the sweetest music, and say, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what God has shared with us!” They find Joseph and Mary and the baby in the manger under the star just as predicted. When they see Him […]

Know God in a Year #11 God’s Birth Announcement

05/10/2021

In the same fields where David watched sheep as a boy, shepherds are lying by the fire, talking of the promised Messiah, unaware that a massive angel choir is waiting for their signal to burst into sight and song announcing the Christ’s birth. God sets up such sweet surprises for those who care. Why shepherds? […]