When God Learned


A mystery of the ages, is found in the fulfillment Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Messiah:

Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

Isaiah describes a Messiah who is God but coming to earth as a child–He must learn as all human beings must learn. Later, in the book of Hebrews, Paul describes Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah and the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy–who learned obedience by the things that He suffered.

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Consider the Creator of the heavens and the earth acquiring knowledge. Would the God who assembled the matter of the cosmos need to learn? One of the attributes of the Living God is that He knows all things.

1 John 3:20 God…knows all things.

Acts 15:18 Known to God from eternity are all His works.

The Bible describes Jesus as the Creator of all things, and by Him everything that exists came into being and is held together by His power.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (RCR)

How is it that the Son of God, who is the Creator, was compelled to learn everything as a child?

In Jesus dwells the living God, who is the treasure of all wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:3 …Jesus, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:9 For in Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily

It certainly appears from the scriptures that from the moment of conception, Jesus was God. He did not become God, He was, is, and alway has been God. Herein resides a great paradox in our understanding. How could God humble Himself and dwell in the body of a tiny baby boy?

As an infant, Jesus was helpless. His mother must feed Him, change His diaper, bath Him and cradle Him in her arms. While Mary lovingly cared for her infant Son, she was looking into the eyes of the mighty God who made all that exists.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.[1]
—Mark Lowry

Consider this child—who for all eternity, walked the halls of heaven, now had to learn to walk.

The Glorious One who spoke the universe into existence and who will end the universe by His words, must learn to speak.

His first steps were off balance, staggering from one side to the other. Wherever He pointed His head, like all toddlers, His body would follow. He would take a few steps only to fall down, while His mother hurries to His side, lifting Him up to wipe the dust from His small body.

He was willing to start from nothing so that He could be your Savior—to lay down every part of His life so that we could have a chance to live with Him forever. He allowed evil men to torture Him, brutalize Him, hang Him on a cross, and pierce His beautiful body, all to pay our debt.

Such love, I cannot contain the wonder of it all.

He grew and learned and matured like all of us; yet He was infinitely so much more than we could possibly imagine.

Born without sin, He continued His entire life without sin. If He had failed even for a second, He could not be our Savior. The Messiah must be perfect in every way, if He would be qualified to offer His life in exchange for all of ours. Jesus was always perfect from the moment He was conceived, to this very day; He remains perfect forever.

Conceived by the Holy Spirit, God dwelling with us:

Matthew 1:20-23 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Born as the Son of God:

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest

Born as the Savior of the world:

Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord

He grew, and became filled with wisdom:

Luke 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Our understanding in these matters is limited to what the scriptures state. The point of Isaiah’s prophecy is that the Messiah will be: awaken(ed) …morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

Jesus will learn and grow as a baby, a child, and a man, as any other human being, except that all the while, He will never cease to be God.

Those who come to Jesus for wisdom and seek to learn from Him by the things that He has taught and spoke to us through the scriptures, will gain the wisdom of the ages. All the treasuries of wisdom and knowledge reside in Jesus, and He is the source of all truth and intelligence. A man may be of common origin, but by living a life seeking to know God through Jesus Christ, any man, woman, or child, may gain eternal wisdom that is unattainable by any other means. There is no college or university that can bestow upon a person any greater degree of knowledge than can be obtained by seeking the wisdom of God through His word.

His example as a servant unto the Father for our benefit, is exemplified in His incredible submission to the Father. Eight times, Jesus stated that He could only speak those things that God had given Him to say. John. 7:16 8:28, 46, 47; 12:49; 14:10, 24; 17: 8.

Is your heart hungry for the truth? Have you become jaded and cynical by the things of this world? Has religion and those who claim to be Holy men, wearied you and caused you to become disillusioned and skeptical?

Jesus is not like anyone that you have ever met before. He is unique, amazing, and exceedingly greater than all human imagination. He has no hidden flaws that you will later discover and become disillusioned by. As you draw near to Him and seek to know Him by His word and through intimate fellowship with Him, your mind and heart will constantly be filled with new and greater revelation of the eternal and the temporal. Your ever increasing knowledge will lead you into paths of righteousness and impart genuine truth to your mind.

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Jesus is the fulfillment of this 221st Old Testament Prophecy. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He came to us as a Baby, and He grew in wisdom and learned obedience in the same way that we are to learn our obedience to God, by the things that we suffer. How marvelous is this great God, who humbled Himself and came to be one of us, so that He could die for us and redeem us back to God.

[1] “Mary Did You Know”, Written by Mark Lowry in 1994

Categories: God with us, Jesus born to die, Jesus is God, Jesus is the Messiah, Messiah comes as a child, Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus, The Claims of Jesus, The First Arrival of the Messiah

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