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26 September 2013

CONVERSATION

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 2:36-52

*The Prophecy of Anna*

*36 *Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the
daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her
husband died when they had been married only seven years. *37 *Then
she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four.*[**c*

*]* She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night,
worshiping God with fasting and prayer. *38 *She came along just as
Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God.
She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting
expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

*39 *When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the
law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. *40 *There
the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and
God’s favor was on him.

*Jesus Speaks with the Teachers*

*41 *Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover
festival.*42 *When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the
festival as usual.*43 *After the celebration was over, they started
home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents
didn’t miss him at first,*44 *because they assumed he was among the
other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they
started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

*45 *When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to
search for him there. *46 *Three days later they finally discovered
him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to
them and asking questions. *47 *All who heard him were amazed at his
understanding and his answers.

*48 *His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother
said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have
been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”

*49 *“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you
know that I must be in my Father’s house?”*[**d*

*]* *50 *But they didn’t understand what he meant.

*51 *Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them.
And his mother stored all these things in her heart.

*52 *Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all
the people.

The story of Jesus, even as a child, is a remarkable one. From the way
his parents fulfilled the requirements of the law, to the way He
astounded the teachers and pharisees at the temple, to

His staying behind because He knew – even at the age of twelve – that
the temple was the right place for Him.

Jesus, even as a child, was at home in the temple for three days
having conversations with the religious leaders concerning the things
of God. This begs the question: how long could you speak about the
things of God without either getting bored, or running out of things
to talk about?

Because God is infinitely greater than we could ever imagine, there
should /always /be something to speak about when it comes to God, His
nature and His work. Often we don’t have the conversations we could
have, and ask the questions we could ask, in fear of sounding ignorant
or not being able to contribute as much to the conversation as others.

A CALL TO ACTION

Fear is not of God – especially if this fear limits us from growing in
our relationship with Him. Conversations that we have about God are
usually intentional. Apart from small groups and post-church sermon
analysis, we don’t usually stumble into conversations about God. We
need to start them. This week – decide that you will intentionally
engage in conversation about God and His nature. After all – He is SO
worth talking about!

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Father thank you for your love and grace for me. Thank you that you
are so infinite that I could never begin to understand you. Please
help me to be bold about the conversations I have so that I can learn
more about you from others. Amen.

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