That childhood and youth are periods of mental as well as physical growth, is a commonly conceded fact. It is therefore the sacred duty of parents and teachers so to use and foster the opportunities of circumstance and environment that this growth may go forward in the right direction. We read of the youth of Jesus that "the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." Then the incident of Jesus' presence in the temple is recorded, when "all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers." Still farther on we read: "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."

With the Hebrew people all learning centered in the study of the Scriptures. In the writings of the prophets was contained the hope of Israel, the promise of the Messiah who was to liberate the people of God. That Jesus had studied the Scriptures in the light of Truth is shown by the incident in the temple recorded by Luke. Here Jesus recognized God as his Father, and the impelling motive of his life is even then expressed in the question to Mary: "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" This holy purpose of his life was manifested ever after in his healing ministry, in words and deeds of love, of meekness, of humility, of compassion, of trust in the Father. It was never shaken by circumstances or human hatred, and it triumphed over death and the grave, even unto the glory which he had "from the beginning."

September 7, 1912

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