Learning Obedience

When we think about the earthly  life of Jesus we usually do not consider He needed to learn obedience because He was sinless, but Hebrews 5:8 says of our Lord, “Though He was a son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”

Why would one who is  sinless need to learn obedience?

Learning obedience is not always learning the difference between good and bad or right and wrong, sometimes it is about learning the difference between what is good and what is the best.

Take the time Jesus spent three days in the temple, in Luke 2:41-51.

Jesus spending time in the temple was good because He was about His Father’s  business. In no way was Jesus disobedient or not honoring to His parents, in fact He was confused of why they did not automatically know where He would be.

I can imagine He went to the temple with the expectation His family would come and get Him when it was time to leave.

The Bible says in verses 51 and 52, that Jesus went back with His parents to Nazareth and continued in subjection to them, increasing in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man.

Even though Jesus was  far above His  years in wisdom and understanding, God decided it was best for Jesus to stay with His earthly parents at that time.

While Jesus desired the good of being about his Father’s business, He suffered in that He denied His flesh to have the best in following God’s  plan for His life.

Father, help us to choose the best of Your will over the good of our plans. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

2 thoughts on “Learning Obedience

  1. Good to hear from you again! Excellent post, and very insightful. I must admit my guilt to having read Hebrews 5:8 multiple times, but never taking time to wonder about it. I can’t believe I never asked myself, “Why would Jesus need to learn obedience?” This post is well-written, thought-provoking, and insightful. Thank you for taking the time to write it!


  2. Obedience is a struggle for me lately. We recently had to give up our foster children after being told we would be able to adopt them. I know God has a plan, and His ways are greater then mine. But, the journey is painful at this juncture, and we are not sure if we can “want to” foster again. Thanks for your insights.


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