Luke 2:51 Obedience

“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.” Luke 2:51

Mary and Joseph had traveled from Nazareth to Jerusalem, with Jesus, to go to the Passover Festival. They would do this annually as was the custom and requirements of the Law.

In the hustle and bustle of the great crowds there, when Mary and Joseph had left to go back home, they somehow missed taking Jesus with them. He was a boy of around twelve years old. They may have allowed Him to go off with some other boys His age, or just to wander around to look at all the booths.

When they realized that Jesus was not with them, they went back to search for Him. They found Him in the Temple talking with the teachers and asking them some amazing questions. Jesus told His parents that He had to be in His Father’s house–the Temple.

Mary and Joseph did not understand what He was saying. They, then, took Him and went home. Jesus stayed obedient to them.

Notice that Jesus had chosen to follow His parents. It can be presumed that He was enjoying His time talking to the teachers in the Temple, yet He set that aside to obey His parents. Jesus obeyed one of the ten commandments: honor your father and mother.

Paul later talks about obeying those in authority over you. Jesus had done this also. His parents were currently an authority over Him.

How do you live your life today? Are you obedient to those over you?

You are to obey everyone over you, as long as it does not break God’s rules. It is easy for some to say that they cannot obey a non-believer because they are not of God. Yet, Jesus obeyed His parents. They were not leaders in the Temple or even the town.

Imagine how Jesus must have felt to obey His parents, whom He had created Himself. Yet, He puts His divine self aside to be a human child and obedient to those over Him.

Are you willing to be obedient to those over you? You are to be just like Jesus. This is something to think about today.

I pray today that God will give you His wisdom in how to obey those in authority; that God will fill you with His love for all people; that God will guide your every step; and that you will do the right thing every time.


2 thoughts on “Luke 2:51 Obedience


    Can faith without obedience result in a positive result? Is it possible to be saved by faith alone. Jesus said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.(Mark 16:16)

    Faith without obedience?

    Could Simon Peter have filled his nets with fish by faith alone or was obedience required?(Luke 5:1-9) …….5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”…..9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;)NKJV.

    Simon caught fish by faith plus obedience. Simon’s obedience was not a good work. It was not keeping the Law of Moses.

    A blind man healed by Jesus. Was he healed by faith only?(John 9:1-11…..11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”)NKJV

    The blind man receive sight because of faith plus obedience. The blind man did not do a good work nor was he keeping the Law of Moses.

    Was the temple tax paid by faith alone? (Matthew 17:24-27……27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”) NKJV.

    Money for the tax was acquired by faith plus obedience. Peter was not doing a good work nor was he obeying the Law of Moses.

    Were the lepers healed by faith only? (Luke 17:11-19…13 And they lifted up their voices and said , “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us !” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priest.” And so it was that they went, they were cleansed……)NKJV.

    The lepers were healed by faith plus obedience. The lepers were not performing good works nor were they keeping the Law of Moses.

    Obeying Jesus by being baptized in water, in order to have sins forgiven, is not a good work nor is it obeying the Law of Moses.




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