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3. Jesus as a Youth
Escape into Egypt
Now when Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men
from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
"Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star
in the east, and have come to worship him."
When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem
with him. Gathering
together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he
asked them where the Christ would be born. They
said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through
the prophet, 'You
Bethlehem, land of Judah, are in no way least among the princes
of Judah: for out of you shall come forth a governor, who shall
shepherd my people, Israel.'"
Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them
exactly what time the star appeared. He
sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for
the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that
I also may come and worship him."
They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the
star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it
came and stood over where the young child was. When
they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his
mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their
treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and
myrrh. Being warned
in a dream that they shouldn't return to Herod, they went back
to their own country another way.
Now when they had departed,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,
saying, "Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee
into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek
the young child to destroy him."
He arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and
departed into Egypt, and
was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out
of Egypt I called my son."
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was
exceedingly angry, and sent out, and killed all the male
children who were in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding
countryside, from two years old and under, according to the
exact time which he had learned from the wise men. Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was
fulfilled, saying, "A
voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great
mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; she wouldn't be
comforted, because they are no more."
Year Old Jesus Sees Jerusalem
But when Herod was dead,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeared 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 those who sought the young child's life are dead."
He arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into
the land of Israel. But
when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the
place of his father, Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being
warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee, and
came and lived in a city called Nazareth, their
own city, that
it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets: "He
will be called a Nazarene."
The child was growing, and was
becoming strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the
grace of God was upon him.
His parents went every year to
Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem
according to the custom of the feast, and
when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the
boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Joseph and his mother
didn't know it, but
supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey,
and they looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances. When
they didn't find him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for
him. It happened
after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the
midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them
questions. All who
heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When
they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him,
"Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and
I were anxiously looking for you."
He said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know
that I must be (about my Father's business) in my Father's
house?" They didn't
understand the saying which he spoke to them. And
he went down with them, and came to Nazareth. He was subject to
them, and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and
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