Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bible Study: "The School of Obedient" Week # 3

More: Jesus' childhood obedience


Jesus was well aware of His origin and the mission given to Him by His Father in heaven. Even at the age of 12, He had a strong desire to "be about [His] Father's business" (Luke 2:49).

That desire was again pointed out to Mary when He performed His first miracle in the Galilean town of Cana by turning water into wine (John 2:1–12). At a wedding feast, the supply of wine was depleted. Mary saw the need and wanted to help. She explained the situation to her son, who replied, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come" (verse 4).


Although Jesus didn't address Mary as "Mother," the term Woman was one of endearment in those days. Jesus respected His mother, but He had a more important mission than that of providing wine for a wedding feast. The time had not yet come when He would perform miracles in a public ministry.


Mary's faith in her son's ability to solve the problem is illustrated by her instruction to the servants: "Whatever He says to you, do it" (verse 5). Jesus then performed the miracle of changing more than 120 gallons of water into wine.

After that event in Cana, Jesus "went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they did not stay there many days" (verse 12).

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