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The Lord With the Doctors

The Lord With the Doctors

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
St Luke ii.

41. Now His parents went to yenisalem every year at the feast of the

Passover,

42. And when He was twelve years old they went up to Jerusalem after

the custom of the feast,
St Luke ii.

41. Now His parents went to yenisalem every year at the feast of the

Passover,

42. And when He was twelve years old they went up to Jerusalem after

the custom of the feast,

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THE LORD WITH THE DOCTORSBY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.St Luke ii.41. ow His parents went to yenisalem every year at the feast of thePassover,42. And when He was twelve years old they went up to Jerusalem afterthe custom of the feast,/^WIG to the fact that the Feast of the Epiphany^^ fell this year upon a Monday, we are a week be-hindhand in preaching upon the Epiphany subjects.The event of our Lord's being carried to Jerusalem attwelve years old formed the subject of last Sunday'sGospel, while to-day's Gospel has gone on to the nextmanifestation, the changing of the water into wine atthe marriage feast of Cana in Galilee.But we must not lose, particularly in this year, whenwe are hoping to take our young people to the Bishopfor Apostolic confirmation, the lesson given to us by ourBlessed Lord, when at twelve years old He went upwith His mother and Joseph to Jerusalem, according tothe narrative of St. Luke.It was at twelve years old that Jewish boys camepersonally under the obligations of the law of Moses.Up to that age they had been treated as children,taught by their parents at home, but not yet expectedto obey the harder precepts, such as fasting, or attend-ing at Jerusalem at the three great feasts of the year.But at twelve years old they were called " Sons of theLaw," or " Sons of the Precept," and this signified thatthey now entered upon the second stage of life, and
 
were no longer mere children. Henceforth they wereold enough to have knowledge of their own, and to obeyfor themselves.It was usual, too, that at that age they should bequestioned by teachers of the law in order to ascertainwhether they had been properly brought up and edu-cated in their religion so far by their parents.When, then. He was come to this age, Joseph andMary, who had gone regularly up to Jerusalem in theformer years by themselves, took, for the first time,their wonderful Child with them, not doubting that inthis as in everything else it was their duty to fulfil allrighteousness, — that is, to obey all the rules and ordersof the law of God under which they lived. You re-member, I have no doubt, how they came, how theystayed through the feast, how they began their journeyhome in the large caravan of their kinsfolk and acquaint-14 THE LORD WITH THE DOCTORSance, who travelled together for society and protectionin the long and somewhat dangerous journey back intoGalilee, and how it was not till the end of the first day's journey that they missed Him, and then turned back toJerusalem in anxiety and distress to search for Him.Still they had to seek for three days without success,and then at last they found Him in the temple, — in oneof the chambers, probably, connected with the temple, — sitting on a lower seat as a disciple or catechumen, inthe midst of the doctors (and we know that the doctorsor rabbis of that generation were an unusually learnedand able set of teachers), both hearing them, listening totheir instruction, and asking them questions, that is tosay, making further inquiries on the matters wliich theyexplained. We are not told what the particular subjectsof these questions and answers were, but it is not un-
 
reasonable to think, as is suggested by many ancientwriters, that He asked them about the prophecies of theMessiah's coming, and led them, meekly, and as onethat was learning, while in fact He was teaching, toexplain how the time had arrived for the Saviour to beborn, and for the long-promised redemption and conso-lation of Israel to be manifested to mankind. Therewere many listeners, astonished, we are told, at theunderstanding He displayed, and the knowledge of thelaw and the prophets which were seen in His answersTHE LORD WITH THE DOCTORS 15to the catechizing of the learned rabbis. " And whenthey saw Him, they were amazed, and His mother saidunto Him, Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us ?Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing."Observe the mixed respect and remonstrance of theVirgin-Mother. Knowing as she did something, butnot all, of His greatness, and amazed to see the astonish-ment of the rabbis and the bystanders at His extra-ordinary understanding and answers, yet she could notrefrain from giving some expression to the mother'sdistress and pain at the recollection of her four days of anxious misery. And remark, too, the delicacy of feel-ing with which she speaks of Joseph, calling him, so tospeak, by his family name of " father," — that she maynot seem to be selfish in her grief, but acknowledge thesympathy and help of him who had assisted her in hersearch, and who felt not less than a father's love, andthe deep reverence of a pious Jew, towards his wife'sDivine Child." And He said unto them. How is it that ye soughtMe ? Wist ye not that I must be about My Father'sbusiness ?"Perhaps there is a slight, hardly perceptible check or

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