Drawn to Truth – Luke 2:46-47
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 2:41-52
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
During the Passover feast, which lasted eight days in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin (a type of senior council of religious leaders) would meet in public in the Temple, where they would discuss religious and theological questions. For those who love the word of God, it would have been the highlight of the year, listening the the greatest theological minds of the time weigh in on deep spiritual matters.
It would be the type of event that if I were able to attend today, I would pull out my iPad, take notes on the entire session, and spend the next few months digesting the spiritual truths that were shared.
In fact, that’s exactly what I do today. Whenever I attend a pastors conference, a men’s conference, or even another church service, I’ll take notes, then later on I’ll go through them to better understand the truths that were taught. I have a collection of these notes that I reference often.
For some reason I thought of this when I read through Luke 2:46-47. Yes I recognize that Jesus, even as a young man of twelve, had a commanding understanding of God’s word. I mean, He wrote it! The greatest religious minds of that day were amazed at Jesus’ answers. The were sitting in the presence of the Truth and the Life.
But for some reason what stuck in my brain was the fact that Jesus, even though He was more qualified to teach them than were (He would have thrashed them in a game of bible trivia), He was drawn to that group of men who held the word of God in high esteem. He was drawn to truth.
And I believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we too should be drawn to truth.
We should want to spend time searching the scriptures, understanding them better, discussing them. When the word of God is taught, we should grab our note pads, our iPad, or whatever pad we use, and collect those precious truths that are being uncovered.
Let us be drawn to God’s truth, planting it deep into our hearts, so that it will spring forth as life-bearing fruit in our lives.
Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)
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