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In obedience to God after the plague had ended, Moses and Eleazar instructed the elders to begin the task of recording the names of all the warriors of Israel. At the conclusion, 601,730 men aged twenty and above had been registered – a formidable army indeed.

In Luke’s Gospel Mary and Joseph fulfil all the requirements of the Law of God following the birth of Jesus and return home to Nazareth.

At the age of 12, Jesus is taken by his parents to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When it was over, again they returned to Nazareth but on the journey home they faced every parent’s worst nightmare, their young son was missing.

They returned to Jerusalem and searched for three days. Can you imagine what they went through during that time? Did they sleep at night or search continuously? They must have considered every possible scenario until they eventually found Jesus teaching in the Temple.

The conversation that follows this reunion seems calm and Jesus’ response to his parents very ‘matter-of-fact’, thought we are not told what Joseph said!

What we do know if that Jesus was obedient to his parents and returned home with them to Nazareth where he grew to maturity – and Mary pondered Jesus’ reference to ‘his Father’s house’ in her heart.

Scripture: Numbers 26:1-51; Luke 2:36-52; Psalm 60:1-12; Proverbs 11:15

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