“Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,”
-Jesus began His ministry at age thirty according to Gods’ plan & through His lineage we find that He is the promised Messiah for all people. Before this time, He worked as a carpenter, grew in stature, wisdom & found favor with God & man. Jesus’ ministry lasted three & a half years where some received Him well & others did not as it is today, though His word remains very effective in the whole world. Christs’ ancestry, forerunner, infancy, birthplace, character, career, preaching, miracles, reception, rejection, suffering, death, burial, resurrection & glory were pre-destined by God our Father. God provided salvation through Christ our Savior by His death on the cross & resurrection so that we may believe in Him & have eternal life.
The number thirty is used significantly as a measure of time, date, age, resources etc. This weeks study has focused specially on the number thirty as a function of age & its significance to different individuals. According to our study, we realize that at this age; one is considered ripe for leadership & ready to take responsibility. This is a season when Joseph was elevated to become the governor of Egypt (Gen 41:46). This was an age where priests were allowed to offer service in the tent of meeting (Num 4:3). It was also an age where David became the king of Israel (2 Sam 5:4) & John the Baptist prepared the way for the Messiah Who began His public ministry at this symbolic age (Lk 3:23). God also reminds us that He will always accomplish His purpose, His timing is not our timing & His ways are not our ways & finally our hope in Gods promises is for eternal grace through Jesus Christ.
Jesus we praise You & exult Your name on high. You created the heavens, the earth & all things in them in all Your magnificence & power, we exult Your name on high. In You God our Lord & King we put all our trust in You knowing that we will never be put to shame. Good & upright are You Lord; Instill in us Your fear Lord, instruct us in Your ways, forgive us all our trespasses, fulfill Your purpose in our lives & bring us to the light of Your grace. Through Your merciful love Father we will spend our days in Your prosperity & our descendants will be blessed according to Your word, according to Your loving kindness, as we wait to be reunited with You in eternity; forever. Amen
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