Jesus the new born baby was taken to Egypt because king Hetod wanted to kill Jesus. God warned Jesus’ parents to escape to avoid massacre of the infants ordered by king Herod. Jesus remained in Egypt for 3+/years until king Herod died then they returned from Egypt to His homeland Israel. They walked on foot because they were no cars, buses or aeroplanes. They took shortest route from Israel to Egypt between 8-11 miles and rode a donkey as well. But walked at times to give a break for the donkey to rest during their journey.
Their return from Egypt fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah that out of Egypt God called His Son Jesus. The family rejoiced to see and welcomed back the baby Jesus now a toddler. Jesus grew up and learnt about the Jewish Torah and lifestyle. After they arrived back safely they lived in a home similar to this one as excavations show of ancient houses in Israel. His home looked like this in Nazareth at the time of Jesus on earth.
The inside structure of a typical home shows how it looked when Jesus was growing up. Below is the design of how Jesus’ household looked inside. It was practical and functional so suitable meet their needs. It was constructed to suit the weather conditions so people used the roof top to enjoy the sunshine or cool down if the inside is too hot.
The interior inner design of a typical Nazareth home showing various rooms and uses. So on return from Egypt back in Israel in Nazareth Jesus grew up as young humble Jewish boy in a big family as recorded in Apocrypha 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21. Jesus of Nazareth grew up in the town of Nazareth which was childhood home of Jesus. Jesus had wider family circle kinship group extended to community of people who believed in him. Mark implies the community of believers function as a close-knit family as shown in a similar family group seen here.
Women were a part of the new type of family Jesus proposed. The Gospel in Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 and Apocrypha speaks of mutual care, respect desirable between parents, children displayed in Jesus and Family. Jesus had such a big family, with lots of food to eat, members to talk to, play traditional Jewish games, with so never alone or bored. Children helped family according to their ability, skills and training. The relationship between Jesus and His parents is a wonderful lesson of obedience to parents and love and respect for them.
Jesus is pure and consecrated child and good example for the lessons on family. Although the King of kings Christ was taught to respect and obey family. Jesus had a normal childhood though a special child. In Jesus family was many siblings, brothers, sisters as recorded in the Bible. He played with the lambs and helped the family look after sheep. He learnt to be the great spiritual shepherd from practical lessons of relationship of life experience interacting with family.
Jesus had 4 brothers of the Lord, called Apostle James, Joses, Simon, Judas but His sisters are not named in scriptures. Reference to Jesus’ family is found in Matthew 13:55-56, Mark 6:3, Galatians 1:19 and 1 Corinthians 9:5. Jesus’ family continued old Jewish tradition of keeping a smallholding of property and farmland. 2 generations back this farm would have belonged to Joseph and his brother Clopas.
An area about 12- 24 acres is not much land to support two families as Joseph had 7 children to feed. So Joseph and Jesus supplemented the family income by working as a carpenter. Jesus and his siblings trained as apprentices which was usual to learn the skills to continue family business. Christ humbled Himself so did not think too highly of Himself or feel arrogant, pompous as Son of God. Jesus is a well brought up child. Highly valued loved and appreciated. Christ is well disciplined, so respects family. Christ loved His parents so wanted to impress them by His behaviour and actions. Jesus was a very hard-working, obedient boy. He helped His mother in doing household chores so fulfilled his tasks as a responsible young boy. JESUS later applied experiences in teachings.
Jesus set a good example as role model so did as He was told at home. As a boy Jesus was malleable, pliable child, so readily helped His family as daily as often required. He stayed safe at home looked after by His family to ensure He was well protected from bad influences on the streets. Jesus played with His siblings, brothers and sisters and had good friends in His family at home. Jesus Christ fulfils the Word of God. Yet joins in daily life practical experiences of His family. He had time to socialise and play with His cousins, nephews children in His community played together. Jesus swam in the sea of Galilee with His family and friends. Jesus played with His friends after doing His chores. Jesus was trained from early childhood according to God’s commands to train children.
Typical boy growing up Jesus had His fair share of challenges from some children in community. He was taught to do all jobs so learned to cook, clean and help His family at home. Jesus Christ fulfils the Word of God. Jesus was trained from early childhood according to God’s commands to train children. o when children grow they will not depart from their training to have good success in life. Jesus’ parents did not wrap him in a cotton wool to pamper Him like a spoilt brat. They trained Jesus in real practical skills of life to cope with demands of life. Jesus and His brothers and sisters were taught Torah commands of God at home. They continued to read, study, abide by God’s commands. Throughout life they taught the next generations to obey God. Jesus went regularly to the Temple with His family on many occasions. Jesus and family celebrated Sabbath so studied Torah with His family at home and in the Synagogue.
They went with Jesus according to the custom to worship in Jerusalem each year. When the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey. They began to search for him among relatives and acquaintances. When they did not find him they returned to Jerusalem searching for him. Many in Israel go to the Wailing Wall, The Remaining Western Wall of the Jerusalem Temple, to Pray During Yom Kippur and other festivals. Jesus at 12 years old spent 3 days among High Priests, Rabbis in Temple during Passover Festival. Mary and family found Jesus after 3 days in Jerusalem in Temple minding His Father God’s business. Jesus listened in Temple and asked and answered questions from Rabbis. In Luke 2 : 21 – 52 once His parents found him among the teachers, listening and asking questions.
All who heard him were amazed at His understanding and answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?”They did not understand saying He spoke to them. His mother treasured up these things in her heart. Jesus sisters learned the Torah like this Jewish girl publicly reads Torah.
Some learn Christian exegesis about New Testament depicted in picture in the Temple. After studying consistently at 12 years old, girls matured faster than boys so have Bat Mitzvah. Bar Mitzvah is official initiation into adolescence Jewish Godly duties and responsibilities. So consider adolescent able to tell right from wrong.So Jesus’ and His parents and siblings plus His extended went up to Jerusalem each year during Feast of the Passover. He was submissive to them so returns to Nazareth every year after the feast.
In John 10:22, the Bible says Yeshua Jesus celebrated Chanukah Hanukkah so went to Temple in Jerusalem during winter for the “Feast of Dedication.” Jesus celebrated Chanukah the Hebrew word phonetically transliterated as both Chanukah or Hanukkah. This Festival of Lights celebrates the miracle of a little oil that lasted 8 days and continues to illuminate our lives to this day. The focus is God’s salvation supernatural miracles! Chanukah celebrates miraculous salvation of Israel’s tiny group defeating huge Syrian/Greek armies before Yeshua’s birth in 165BC.
It is important to teach all children the word of God at home and in the Temple. This guides their conscience as thry grow to understand right from wrong early in life. Jewish boys and girls read daily to understand the Torah at level of maturity. Jewish boys complete early Hebrew and God’s commandment studies of the Torah at 13 years old. So Jesus begins to participate in the Sabbath synagogue service to fulfil this requirement. Jesus had Bar Mitzvah to read Torah to celebrate the ceremony for Jewish boys of coming of age as a man. Since then Jesus attends service in synagogue with family and friends.
A large crowd gathering from all over the world, they thought Jesus was probably with the men. Women spent most part of life in gender groups. Jesus could have been with either group. As a child, he spent most of his life with women’s group but as a boy near adulthood, he could be with the men’s group. The members of Jesus’ family did not fully understand His purpose. But they were concerned of His welfare and family was always there for Jesus. Jesus developed as a refined well raised young man. Jesus increased in wisdom in stature as stated in Luke 2: 41-52.
Jesus continued to submit to his earthly parent’s authority. He continued to be a hard-working member of His family. Mary continued her life as a normal Jewish Galilean woman. Mary is shown as leader of family of Jesus, confident and loving. Jesus started travelling with His mother Mary and to a wedding at Canaan. Mark showed Jesus reset boundaries of family life so includes women and men together as part of God’s family. Jesus broke down barriers of discrimination against women and gentiles. Jesus went about doing good, had great favour with God, people throughout Israel, Syria, nearby towns on journeys.
Mary and Joseph supported Jesus and His baptism at 30 years. Firstly, he was obviously trying to break away from his roots and take his message to a larger audience. Jesus went back to His own country, Nazareth. He resumed His habit of preaching and teaching in the synagogue, where it was common practice to give sermons. In Nazareth in Luke 4:16-30 Jesus was rejected at Nazareth because familiarity breeds contempt. A prophet is not without honour except among His own people and in His country. Yet God’s Grace and Mercy restores mystery of grafting Jews and Gentiles globally in Jesus Christ.
In Luke 8: 19-21, and in Mark 3:3:31-35, family of Jesus visit him during His ministry. Mary is not mentioned by name in this painful incident, but she was almost certainly there. Mark places Mary firmly at the centre of her family. In this visit the family came to Jesus when he was preaching. A crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” Christ extended His family to include all the family of God. So Jesus said whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. Christ continued His ministry preaching Gospel Good News, healing sick, delivering from oppression til 33 years on resurrection went alive into heaven seated on Right Hand of God.
This map shows the various key places Jesus lived and ministered including the home cities like Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Egypt among others Jesus onced lived and attended synagogue. Jesus travelled all over Israel and to neighbouring city like Syria among other places to minister. JESUS is real and lived on this earth. So the Gospel Good News is for all who believe in Christ Jesus.
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