Listening and Questioning (Luke 2:46)

Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.

Luke 2:46

The setting is the annual trip to Jerusalem made by Joseph and Mary. Jesus is, at this point, twelve years old. He is just about old enough to be considered a grown man in His own right at that period in history (and in Jewish culture still). Joseph and Mary find Jesus in the temple listening to the teachers and asking them questions.

Jesus listened and asked questions. Am I doing both of these in my time with God and when sitting under the tutelage of a pastor or teacher? Am I listening; taking in what is being taught and mulling it over? Am I asking questions; thinking critically about what has been taught so that I am not easily led astray? Both are necessary. Jesus is to be my example in all things, not just the things I think are safe for me to emulate. He listened and He asked questions. I must likewise do both.

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