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     It was a joy to encourage His learning and thinking.  Mary saw the perfection in His character, His attitude, and behavior.  Through the Holy Spirit, she was given wisdom to cooperate with heaven in her boy’s development, her boy who could claim only God as His Father.

     In the days of Jesus, the teaching of religion to children was very formal.  Tradition had become more important than Scripture.  The Jewish teachers emphasized the ceremony ~ the actions of being “holy” ~ and did not teach the basics of serving God or of understanding His law.


The students were given no quiet time to spend with God or to hear His voice speaking to their hearts. In their search for knowledge, they were turned away from the Source of wisdom. Under the training of the rabbis ~ the Jewish teachers ~ the minds of the young became cramped and narrow.


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