as a Youth
the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace
of God was upon him. Luke 2:40
Wonderful in its significance is the
brief record of His early life: "The child grew, and waxed strong in
spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him." In the
sunlight of His Father's countenance Jesus "increased in wisdom and
stature, and in favour with God and man." His mind was active and
penetrating, with a thoughtfulness and wisdom beyond His years. Yet His
character was beautiful in its symmetry. The powers of mind and body developed
gradually, in keeping with the laws of childhood.
As a child, Jesus manifested a peculiar
loveliness of disposition. His willing hands were ever ready to serve others.
He manifested a patience that nothing could disturb and a truthfulness that would
never sacrifice integrity. In principle firm as a rock, His life revealed the
grace of unselfish courtesy.
With deep earnestness the mother of Jesus
watched the unfolding of His powers and beheld the impress of perfection upon
His character. With delight she sought to encourage that bright, receptive
mind. . . .
From her lips and from the scrolls of the
prophets He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had
spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother's knee. As He
advanced from childhood to youth, he did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He
needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His
instructor. . . .
Since He gained knowledge as we may do,
His intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures shows how diligently His early
years were given to the study of God's Word. . . . From the first dawning of
intelligence He was constantly growing in spiritual grace and knowledge of
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