Jesus, the Model for Christian Growth

3 July 2022 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
1 Samuel 1:19-28
Luke 2:40-52

1 Samuel
1:19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.
1:20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”
1:21 When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow,
1:22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.”
1:23 “Do what seems best to you,” Elkanah her husband told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
1:24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.
1:25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli,
1:26 and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD.
1:27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
1:28 So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.

Luke
2:40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
2:41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
2:42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
2:43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
2:44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
2:45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
2:46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
2:47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
2:48 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.”
2:49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
2:50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
2:51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Leave a comment