Yeshua (Jesus) is the ultimate example of a perfect relationship with His earthly father and His heavenly Father, and he walked in the blessings of those right relationships. Yeshua submitted to His Heavenly Father first, and then to His earthly father. When He appeared to his parents to have done wrong, He hadn’t actually done wrong, because He was obeying His Heavenly Father. His earthly father, Joseph, should have been sensitive to how God was leading his son. Fathers are meant to hear from God about their children, and encourage them in the path that God has prepared for them, affirming them, releasing them, preparing them for their destiny.
Yeshua’s whole identity and destiny was bound up with the temple. Mary and Joseph knew the Scriptures, and went to the feasts, but they hadn’t understood that they symbolized the destiny of their son. Now, at age twelve, that was the place He was meant to be. The whole temple symbolized Him and the world that he had come to do. The temple belonged to his Father. He was the Son of God. At age twelve, Yeshua made His identity known to the Jewish people, and to Mary and Joseph, and He revealed that He was, indeed, the Son of God. We too need our Heavenly Father to affirm us in our identity, as no earthly father I sable to fully do.
Listen for the loving voice of your heavenly Father, affirming your identity and destiny.
Readings: Luke 2:41-52; Matthew 3:16, 17; Matthew 7;11; John 14:8-21; Galatians 4:6-7
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” — Luke 2:49
The above is an excerpt from:
In Time with God: Daily Devotional Bible Readings in Accordance With the Biblical Hebrew Calendar
(R.K. Bamber, In Time with God Publications, 2012)
Printed with permission from the author/publisher