9 Jesus grows up in Nazareth.

Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15; Zechariah 6:12; Matthew 2:19–23; Luke 2:39–52

How eager would Joseph have been to return to Israel (Matthew 2:19–20)?

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Joseph would expect someone to assume Herod’s throne, most likely an heir. So what about Archelaus’s rule was so worrisome to Joseph (Matthew 2:21 – 22)?

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Where do you think Joseph intended to live before he heard about Archelaus and was warned by the angel (Matthew 2:21–23)?

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Why might Joseph have been apprehensive about returning to Nazareth (Matthew 2:21–23)? What motivation would he have had to go?

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Compared to other children, what would have been different about Jesus’ behavior (Matthew 2:40)?

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Do you think Jesus did miracles before the turning of water into wine (John 2:1–11)? Why or why not?

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What kind of work do you think Jesus did before he began his ministry (Mark 6:3)?

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Why might we think the family, after returning from Egypt, first celebrated Passover in Jerusalem, when Jesus was twelve years old (Luke 2:41–42)?

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Joseph and Mary could not have been negligent parents, and Jesus could not have been guilty of any misconduct. So how did the parents lose track of God’s son (Luke 2:41–46)?

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Why do you think Joseph and Mary couldn’t find Jesus for three days (Luke 2:46)? Where would they have looked before they finally found him in the Temple?

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For the three days that Jesus was away from his family, where did he stay and what did he do (Luke 2:46)?

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What about Jesus understanding and answers were so amazing to Jewish scholars (Luke 2:46–47)?

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Why did Jesus say the Temple was the first place where his parents should have looked (Luke 2:48–51)? Why did Joseph and Mary not understand?

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Since Joseph isn’t mentioned after Jesus at age twelve, some scholars assume that Joseph was much older than Mary and died while Jesus was young. How old do you think Jesus was when Joseph died (Luke 2:52)?

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After Herod’s death, an angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up and take the child and his mother to Israel. Those who tried to kill the child are now dead.”

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Matthew 2:19–20 After Herod’s death, an angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up and take the child and his mother to Israel. Those who tried to kill the child are now dead.”
Luke 2:39 After Joseph and Mary had done all that was required in the Law, they returned to Galilee, to their hometown of Nazareth.
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Matthew 2:19–20 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
Luke 2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

So Joseph left Egypt with his family and would have settled in Judea but heard that Archelaus reigned in place of his father, Herod. Afraid to go there, and warned in a dream, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Nazareth, a village in the Galilean hills. That fulfilled what the prophets had written: He will be called a Nazarene. A twig will bud from the stock of Jesse, and a branch will bear fruit from his roots. A righteous branch will spring up from David, a wise king who will bring righteousness and justice to the land. From where he is, he will spring forth and build the temple of the Lord.

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Isaiah 11:1 A twig will bud from the stock of Jesse, and a branch will bear fruit from his roots.
Jeremiah 23:5 “The day is coming,” the Lord says, “when I will cause to spring up from David a righteous branch, a wise king who will bring justice and righteousness to the land.”
Jeremiah 33:15 At the appointed time, I will cause to spring up from David a righteous branch who will bring justice and righteousness to the land.
Zechariah 6:12 Tell him, “This is what the Lord of Hosts says, ‘Behold the man who is called the Branch. He will spring forth from where he is and build the temple of the Lord.'”
Matthew 2:21–23 So Joseph left Egypt with his family and would have settled in Judea but heard that Archelaus reigned in place of his father, Herod. Afraid to go there and warned in a dream, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Nazareth, a village in the Galilean hills. That fulfilled what the prophets had written: He will be called a Nazarene.
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Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.
Matthew 2:21–23 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

The child grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was upon him.

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Luke 2:40 The child grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was upon him. Verse text.
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Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

When Jesus was twelve, the family went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover festival, according to Jewish custom. Afterward, when leaving for home, his parents did not realize that he had stayed behind. They traveled for a whole day, assuming he was elsewhere in the caravan. When he did not show up that evening, they looked for him among relatives and friends. Unable to find him, they went back to Jerusalem and searched. Finally, after three days, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. His understanding and his answers had amazed everyone.

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Luke 2:41–47 The family went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover festival, according to Jewish custom when Jesus was twelve. Afterward, when leaving for home, his parents did not realize that he had stayed behind. They traveled for a whole day, assuming he was elsewhere in the caravan. When he did not show up that evening, they looked for him among relatives and friends. Unable to find him, they went back to Jerusalem and searched. Finally, after three days, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. His understanding and his answers had amazed everyone.
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Luke 2:41–47 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

Joseph and Mary were shocked. “Son,” Mary said, “why have you treated us this way? Your father and I have been frantically searching everywhere.”

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Luke 2:48 Joseph and Mary were shocked. “Son,” Mary said, “why have you treated us this way? Your father and I have been frantically searching everywhere.”
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Luke 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

“Why?” Jesus said. “Didn’t you know I would have to be here, doing the work of my Father?”

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Luke 2:49 “Why?” Jesus said. “Didn’t you know I would have to be here, doing the work of my Father?”
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Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

They did not understand what he meant, but Mary held this event dear to her heart.

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Luke 2:50–51 They did not understand what he meant, but Mary held this event dear to her heart. Jesus returned to Nazareth with them, submitting to their authority.
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Luke 2:50–51 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

Jesus returned to Nazareth with them, submitting to their authority. As the years passed, he grew physically and spiritually, enjoying the favor of God and the people.

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Luke 2:51–52 but Mary held this event dear to her heart. Jesus returned to Nazareth with them, submitting to their authority. As the years passed, he grew physically and spiritually, enjoying the favor of God and the people.
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Luke 2:51–52 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.