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New Testament: The Childhood of Jesus
"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." - Luke 2:40 From Joseph and Mary`s flight to Egypt, to Jesus` visit to Jerusalem.

Archelaus Ruling in Judea Joseph was apparently contemplating where to bring Jesus, and when he learned that Archelaus was ruling in Judea he decided to go in another direction, after being warned by God in another dream.

Herod`s Slaughtering of the Infants in Bethlehem When Herod learned that he was betrayed by the Magi and that Jesus might have escaped he went into an outrage and ordered the murder of all male children in Bethlehem and along the coast. The coast would have been the most obvious route out of the land. This event was foretold by the prophets.

Jesus Grows Strong in Spirit The Bible reveals that Jesus grew up full of the Spirit of God and wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him. It is important to understand that Jesus had to grow as a physical man in stature, and also had to grow up and learn the world around Him as any other man, but He was full of the Holy Spirit and learned wisdom in everything directly from God.

Joseph and Mary Settle in Nazareth The Bible reveals that Joseph took his family to Galilee in northern Israel, to a city called Nazareth. This city would become the home of Jesus throughout His early years growing up. One could stand on a hillside in Nazareth and see many of the historical landmarks, or a major highway of many travelers passing by. Nazareth means "branch" and is reminiscent of Jesus` lineage, a "branch" of king David. Nazareth was a part of the tribe of Zebulun and the prophet Isaiah foretold that the light of the messiah would dawn in this area first.

Joseph and Mary`s Flight Into Egypt After the Magi had departed the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and his mother into the land of Egypt until He sent word that it would be safe to return. He warned that Herod would try to find the child to murder him. Joseph obeyed the Lord and took Jesus and his mother by night and departed for the land of Egypt. This event was foretold by the prophets.

Joseph and Mary`s Flight Into Egypt After the Magi had departed the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Jesus and his mother into the land of Egypt until He sent word that it would be safe to return. He warned that Herod would try to find the child to murder him. Joseph obeyed the Lord and took Jesus and his mother by night and departed for the land of Egypt. This event was foretold by the prophets.

Joseph and Mary`s Return to Israel When King Herod the Great had died an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream in Egypt and told him to go back to the land of Israel because all those who sought to kill Jesus were dead. Joseph obeyed the Lord and they began the journey back to Israel.

The Boy Jesus Comes to the Temple in Jerusalem During the time of the Passover in Israel, it was important for Jews to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover feast and make a sacrifice at the Temple. The Bible reveals that Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem for the Passover every year, and this time Jesus was 12 years old. The journey to Jerusalem was a very long and difficult journey and many families traveled in a caravan. On their way back to Nazareth, Mary and Joseph could not find Jesus for a whole day. When they realized that they would not find him they went back to Jerusalem, and they found him in the Temple at the place of the discussions with the doctors of the law. Everyone was astonished at the knowledge of the young boy.

The Dwelling Place of God The Temple in Jerusalem was an architectural wonder, having been built by Herod the Great, one of the greatest architects of the ancient world. The Jews referred to it as the "Second Temple" because the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple in 586 BC. The location of the Temple was very significant, the holy of holies rested upon the exact place where David bought the threshing floor of Auranah. Throughout Jewish history the High-priest would enter the holy of holies once per year on Yom Kippur and sprinkle the sacrificial blood between the cherubim upon the mercy seat, which was the lid on the Ark of the Covenant, and inside of it was the law of God. The presence of the Lord was called the "Shekinah" and the glory would fill the Temple. The Lord referred to the Temple as His "dwelling place".

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