Where Does it Come From?
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Various grocery items, a piece of driftwood, a feather, fresh garden produce. (Adapt these items to what is readily available to you.)
I’m going to show you some objects and I’d like you to figure out, or guess, where they came from. Here is a can of beans, a sack of flour, a bag of rice, a bottle of pancake syrup, and a box of crackers. Yes, you guessed right. These items came from the grocery store.
This item may be more difficult. It is a piece of driftwood. Yes, we find driftwood on the beach.
How about this – a feather. Well, we may not know which bird this came from, but we definitely know it came from a bird.
I have fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and some carrots in this bag. What smart children you are! You know these items came from someone’s garden.
In today’s lesson the people in Jesus’ hometown listened to him speak and they “were astounded.” They couldn’t believe that the wise things he said and the miracles he did could come from a man who was a carpenter. They asked, “Where did this man get all this?”
In this particular Bible verse we aren’t given the answer. What are your ideas about where Jesus’ wisdom and power came from? Yes, right on!!!
In other parts of the Bible we have learned that Jesus is the Son of God. We know that Jesus, the man, has within himself the power and wisdom of God. When we read about what Jesus said and the miracles he did for the people of his hometown we can answer the question – “Where did this man get all this?” You know the answer – God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible.
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan