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sexta-feira, 26 de maio de 2017
BEYOND THE TEMPLE
three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone
who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
2:46-47 (read 2:41-52) – NIV
the Gospel according to Matthew, Mary and Joseph were living in
Bethlehem when Jesus was born. After two years and the visit of the
Magi they fled to Egypt to escape from the persecution of King Herod.
Upon returning from Egypt they moved to Nazareth in order to stay
away from the danger that Herod represented in Jerusalem. Jesus
exercised his ministry far from Jerusalem and returned there only to
be crucified at the end of his ministry.
the Gospel according to Luke tells the story very differently. For
Luke, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth and went to Bethlehem for a
census registration. Jesus was born in Bethlehem during their
journey. After fulfilling their religious rites there, the family
returned to their home in Nazareth. Every year the family went to
Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. Jesus visited Jerusalem many times
before the last visit when he was crucified.
text speaks of one such trip when Jesus was twelve years old. On the
return trip the parents of Jesus found him missing and returned to
Jerusalem to search for him. They found Jesus “in the temple
courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them
boyhood, Jesus sought knowledge by listening, wondering and asking
questions. That's how he grew, not only in physical stature, but also
in wisdom. The teachers of the law were amazed at his intelligence
and understanding and by his questions and answers. They liked him
in the continuation of the narrative of Luke the adult Jesus created
serious problems for the teachers of the Law because of his questions
and answers. His wisdom was far beyond that of the temple. His visits
became confrontations. They began to hate him enough to want to kill
Jesus, the Temple was "Daddy's" home, but Daddy was away
from home most of the time. Daddy went out to people who didn’t
come by for a visit. Daddy didn’t stay at home waiting to be
visited. The temple wasn’t big enough to receive the thousands who
needed fatherly and motherly care. Daddy could be found anywhere
there were people, especially people in need.
growth of Jesus should serve as a model for our own development. Our
religious institutions have their value as points of support, but
should never become ends in themselves. Doctrines and dogmas should
never be closed or exclude segments of humanity. The teachers of the
Law had trapped themselves in a system of exclusion. They were afraid
to open up to the world.
growth should free ourselves from the limitations of institutional
Temples. There is a vast universe out there to reach out to, and it
won't come to us.
2:41-52 – NEW
INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the
was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the
festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy
Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.Thinking he was in their company, they
traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their
relatives and friends.When
they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.After three days they found him in the
temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and
asking them questions.Everyone
who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.When his parents saw him, they were
astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us
like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to
be in my Father’s house?”But
they did not understand what he was saying to them.
he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his
mother treasured all these things in her heart. And
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.