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Monday Morning Prophecy #15 – The Messiah Would Be Wise From Childhood

cross-pictureLast week we looked at the prophecy included in Isaiah detailing with amazing accuracy the coming of the wise men after the birth of Jesus.  This week we continue with the early childhood of Jesus and the prophecy regarding the Messiah’s childhood wisdom.

In a verse we looked at in an earlier post [Monday Morning Prophecy #10 – He Would Be Called Immanuel (God With Us)], Isaiah also tells us that the coming Messiah would be able to discern good from evil at a very early age:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. [Isaiah 7:14-15]

Luke confirms that this prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus at a very early age:

And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.  [Luke 2:40]

Later in the same chapter, Luke gives us some insight into the extent of Jesus’ wisdom early in his life

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  [Luke 2:46-47]

From a very early age, Jesus demonstrated a significant amount of wisdom in the things of God (no surprise there).  It was a wisdom so beyond his young years that the adults at the temple who heard him were amazed by his wisdom.  Such knowledge was prophesied by Isaiah over 700 years prior.

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Image courtesy of Abby Reed

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