10~More About “Lost in Wonder”

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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

 NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Matthew 2:19-23 – After Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream in Egypt. 20The angel said, “Get ready! Take along the little child and his mother and go to the land of Israel. The people who were trying to kill the little child have died.” 21So, Joseph got ready. He took along the little child and his mother and entered the land of Israel. 22Joseph heard that Herod Archelaus was ruling over Judea, instead of his father, Herod the Great. Joseph was afraid to go back there. But, in a dream, God told him to leave for the area of Galilee. 23So, he went and lived in a town called Nazareth, so that what God had said through the prophets would come true:
  • Matthew 13:55 – Isn’t it true that he is the son of Joseph, the woodworker, and that his mother’s name is Mary!? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters are here with us, too.
  • Luke 2:41 – Every year, Jesus’ parents [but not their children] traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.
  • Matthew 2:20-22 – The angel said, “Get ready! Take along the little child and his mother and go to the land of Israel. The people who were trying to kill the little child have died.” 21So, Joseph got ready. He took along the little child and his mother and entered the land of Israel. 22Joseph heard that Herod Archelaus was ruling over Judea, instead of his father, Herod the Great. Joseph was afraid to go back there. But, in a dream, God told him to leave for the area of Galilee. 
  • Matthew 13:55-56 – Isn’t [present tense] he the son of Joseph, the woodworker, and that his mother’s name is Mary!? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters are here with us, too.
  • Hebrews 11:101For* he was waiting for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 
  • Hebrews 4:14-15 – Therefore having a great high-priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone through the heavens, let us hold-fast our confession. 4:15 For* we do not have a high-priest [Jesusa] who is unable to sympathize together with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted according to all things according to our likeness, yet without sin. 
  • Hebrews 2:18 – For* in what he [Jesus] has suffered, having been tempted, he is able to help with those who are tempted.
  • Luke 2:42 – When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem to the feast, as they always did.
  • Luke 2:46-47 – After three days, they found him. Jesus was sitting in the temple courtyard among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and wise answers.
  • I John 3:9-10 – Everyone who has been born from God does not practice sin, because his seed abides in him and he is not able to practice sin, because he has been born from God. 3:10 The children of God and the children of the devil are apparent in this, everyone who does not practice righteousness is not from God and he who does not love* his brother. 
  • Luke 1:13, 26-27, 36 – But the angel said to him, “Zechariah, don’t be afraid. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him John…26-27During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin who lived in a town named Nazareth, in Galilee. The virgin girl was engaged to marry a man named Joseph, from the family of David. Her name was Mary…36Now listen to this: You know that Elizabeth, your relative, is very old, but she is already pregnant with a son. The woman who could not have a baby has been pregnant for six months!
  • Acts 22:3 -I am a Jew. I was born in Tarsus in the country of Cilicia. I grew up in this city of Jerusalem. I was a student of Gamaliel.b He carefully taught me everything about the law of our ancestors. I was very serious about serving God, the same as all of you here today.
  • Galatians 1:14 – In the Jewish faith, I [Paul] was becoming a leader, doing better than most Jews my own age. I tried harder than anyone else to follow the traditions which came from my ancestors.
  • Acts 5:34 – One of the Pharisees in the Jewish Council stood up. His name was Gamaliel. He was a teacher of the law, and all of the people respected him. He ordered the men to take the apostles outside for a few minutes. 
  • Acts 5:21, 27, 35 – When the apostles heard this, they went into the temple courtyard. It was early in the morning. The apostles began to teach the people…27The soldiers brought the apostles to the Jewish Council and made them stand before their leaders. The high priest questioned the apostles..35Then he said to the Jewish leaders, “Men of Israel, be careful of what you are about to do to these men! 
  • Acts 22:4 – I persecuted the people who believed in The Way of Jesus. Some of them were killed because of me. I arrested men and women, and I put them in jail.
  • Acts 22:6-8, 15-16 – “However, something happened to me on my way to Damascus. It was about noon when I came close to the city. Suddenly, a bright light from the sky shined all around me. 7I fell to the ground. I heard a Voice saying to me: ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ 8I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The Voice answered me, ‘I am Jesus from Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.’…15You will be his witness to all persons. You will tell them about the things you have seen and heard. 16Now, don’t wait any longer. Rise up, get yourself immersed and get your sins washed away, trusting in his name.’
  • Luke 2:43-45 -When the feast days were over, they were returning home, but the boy, Jesus, stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t know about it. 44Joseph and Mary traveled for a whole day. They thought that Jesus was with them in the caravan. They began to look for him among their relatives and close friends. 45But Joseph and Mary didn’t find Jesus. So, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there.
  • John 18:12, 24 – The commanding officer, his group of [600] soldiers, and the [212] Jewish temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up…24Then Annas sent Jesus bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.
  • John 19:16 – Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be nailed to the cross. So they took hold of Jesus.
  • Luke 2:48-51 – When Jesus’ parents saw him, they were very surprised. His mother said to him, “Son, why did you treat us like this!? Listen, your father and I were very worried about you. We were looking everywhere for you!” 49Jesus asked them, “Why did you have to look for me!? You should have known that I had to be involved with the matters of my Father!” 50But they did not understand the meaning of what he said to them. 51Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth. He always obeyed them. His mother was still thinking about all of these things in her heart.
  • Matthew 13:55-56 – Isn’t [present tense] he the son of Joseph, the woodworker, and that his mother’s name is Mary!? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters are here with us, too.
  • Luke 2:52 – Jesus grew taller and continued to learn more and more. People liked him, and he pleased God.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Joshua 1:1-2 – Moses was the servant of Yahweh. Joshua, the son of Nun, was Moses’ helper.a After Moses died, Yahweh said to Joshua: 2“My servant Moses is dead. Now, you and all these people must cross over this Jordan River. Go into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.
  • Zechariah 3:8-9 [PREDICTED 475 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] -“ ‘Listen now, O Joshua,k you high priest, and the people with you. You represent things that will happen.l Look, I am going to bring forth My Servantm called “The Branch.n 9Look, I put this Stoneo in front of Joshua. The Stone had seven sides.p Behold, I will carve a message on it.’ says Yahweh of the armies of heaven. ‘And, in one day,q I will take away the sin of this land!’
  • Zechariah 6:10-13 [PREDICTED 475 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – “Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah are exiles who have come from Babylon.m On the same day, go to the house of Josiah (the son of Zephaniah).n 11Take some silver and gold,o and shape it into a double crown.p Then put it on the head of Joshua [Hebrew for Jesus], the son of Jehozadak. (Joshua is the high priest.) 12Tell him that this is what Yahweh of the armies of heaven says: ‘Look, there is a man; his name is “The Branch.” He will branch out from where he is.q And, he will build the temple of the Always-Present One.r 13He is the One who will build the temple of Yahweh. He will receive royal honor. He will sit upon his thrones and he will rule. And, there will be a priest beside his throne. And, there will be harmony between the two.’t
  • Micah 4:7 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – 7I will form those who were crippledn into a remnant. I will make a strong nation out of those who were sent away. And, upon Mount Zion,o I [God] will rule over them from now on.p
  • Micah 5:2 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – But you, O Bethlehem-Ephrathah,though you are the least important among the leading towns of Judah,fa Leader will come out of you, O Bethlehem!He will become the Ruler over Israel for Me.His comings forth have been from of old—from the days of eternity.”
  • Isaiah 7:14 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Nevertheless, the Lord Himself will give youy a sign: Look, the virginz will become pregnant. She will give birth to a son, and she will name him ‘Immanuel [God with Us].’aa
  • Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let Us now make people in Our image;e they will be like Us! And let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the wild land animals, and over everything that crawls on the earth!”
  • Zechariah 12:10 [PREDICTED 475 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – “And, I will pour outx a spirit of kindness and mercyy upon David’s household and the inhabitants in Jerusalem. They will look at Me,z the One they have stabbed  [with nails] to death.aa And, they will mournbb like someone weeping over the death of an only child. They will be as sad as someone who has lost a firstborn son.cc
  • Deuteronomy 5:7-21 [THE TEN COMMANDMENTS] – [ONE] “ ‘You must have no other gods but Me. “ ‘You must not make for yourself any carved image or the likeness of anything that is in the sky above, on the earth beneath, or in the water that is under the earth.d  9You must not bow yourself down to them or serve them.e Why? Because, I, Yahweh your God, I am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of their ancestors to the third and to the fourth generations of those who reject Me. 10However, I am loyal to the thousands who love Me and obey My commands. [TWO] 11“ ‘You must not use the Name of Yahweh, your God, irreverently.g Yahweh will hold such a person responsible who uses His Name that way [THREE]  12“ ‘Guard the sabbath day, to keep it holy.i Yahweh, your God, has commanded you to do this. [FOUR13Labor for six days; do all of your work then. 14But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahweh, your God. You must not do any work on that day—you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your bull, or your donkey, or any of your animals, or your visitor who is within your gates.j That way, your male and female servants may rest just like you do. 15Remember, you were once slaves in the land of Egypt. Yahweh, your God, brought you out of Egypt by His great power and strength. So, Yahweh, your God, has commanded you to keep the sabbath day. [FIVE] 16“ ‘Honor your father and your mother. Yahweh, your God, has commanded you to do this. Then you will live for a long time, and things will go well for you on the land. Yahweh, your God, is going to give the land to you. [SIX] 17“ ‘You must not commit murder. [SEVEN]  18“ ‘And, you must not commit adultery. [EIGHT] 19“ ‘And, you must not steal. [NINE]  20“ ‘And, you must not tell lies against your neighbor. [TEN] ] 21“ ‘And, you must not want your neighbor’s wife. And, you must not desire your neighbor’s house, or his land, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his bull, or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’q
    Isaiah 11:1-2 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – A Shoota will growfrom the stump of the tree that was cut down.From the family of Jesse,a Branchd will bear fruit.2The Spirit of the Always-Present One will rest upon him.The Spirit gives him wisdom,g  understanding,h guidance,i and power. And, the Spirit teaches him to knowj and revere Yahweh.
  • Micah 5:2 [PREDICTED 700 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] — But you, O Bethlehem-Ephrathah,though you are the least important among the leading towns of Judah,fa Leader will come out of you, O Bethlehem!He will become the Ruler over Israel for Me.His comings forth have been from of old—from the days of eternity.”
FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS:
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK XVI, 11:7; BK XVII, 7:1; 8:1As for Herod, if he had before any doubt about the slaughter of his sons, there was no longer any room left in his soul for it….Alexander also and Aristobulus were brought…by their father’s command, and there strangled….Antipater, who verily believed his father was deceased…hoping to take the kingdom into his hands….Hereupon Herod, when he heard…cried out, and beat his head, although he was at death’s door, and raised himself upon his elbow…and commanded them to kill Antipater [his son]….And now Herod…granted the kingdom to Archelaus.
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, Bk XVII, 9:3 –Now, upon the approach of that feast of unleavened bread…called the Passover….Archelaus thought there was no way to preserve the entire government but by cutting off those who made this attempt upon it; so he sent out the whole army upon them, and sent the horsemen to prevent those that had their tents without the Temple from assisting those that were within the Temple, and to kill such as ran away from the footmen when they thought themselves out of danger; which horsemen slew three thousand men….
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK XVII, 10:2:  But on the approach of [the Feast of] Pentecost, a great many ten thousands of men….got upon those cloisters which encompassed the outer court of the Temple, where a great fight was still continued, and they cast stones at the Romans….set fire to the cloisters….hose that were on the roof unexpectedly perished at the same time …and others of them were killed by their enemies.  There was a great number more, who, out of despair of saving their lives…did either cast themselves into the fire, or threw themselves upon their swords, and so got out of their misery.
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK XVII, 10:10:  Varus [Governor of Syria and Palestine….crucified on this account two thousand….sent their several commanders to Caesar.
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK XVII, 13:2:  But in the tenth year of Archelaus’s government….Caesar, upon hearing what certain accusers of his had to say…both banished him, and appointed Vienna, a city of Gaul, to be the place of his habitation, and took his money away from him.
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK XVII, 13:1:  When Archelaus…took away the high priesthood from [Joazar] and put Eleazar his brother in his place….Nor did this Eleazar abide long in the high priesthood, Jesus, the son of Sie, being put in his while he was still living.
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
  • BAR MITVAH – [Summary] Bar Mitzvah, wherein a Jewish boy was admitted to the congregation of worshippers at age 13, was not introduced until the middle ages, and not formally instituted until the 19th century.  Even then, there was also instituted a confirmation at age 16 or 17.  There is nothing of significance in the Old Testament about the age of twelve. The only significant age is 30 when most men were considered “men.”

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Season 5, Promise Keeper, “The Unmasking”

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