This is a short study about Jesus as a boy. More specifically, how Jesus learned doctrine as he was growing. The Old Testament book of Isaiah, written approximately 700 years before the birth of Christ, was a look forward to the coming Messiah. But before you read what Isaiah says about the child Jesus, let me remind you what Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” A Key word here is “advanced”. Jesus “advanced” from one point to another. The boy Jesus was growing in knowledge of scripture and growing spiritually. It is true that the boy Jesus was 100% deity. He was part of the Trinity, and it is also true that He was 100% human at the same time. (This is a doctrinal principle known as the hypostatic union which you can read about on your own. Let me know if you need some resources). The point here is that the boy Jesus, in His humanity, was learning and adding to His knowledge of scripture. By the time He was twelve, Jesus was debating the Rabbis in the Temple and correcting their false doctrines (Luke 2:41-52).
Clearly Jesus, in His deity, was completely capable of debating the Rabbis and shedding light on their false teaching. But know this, Jesus, in His humanity, was equally capable of debating the Rabbis and shedding light on their false teaching. Now let's look to Isaiah 50 to see who was teaching and preparing the boy Jesus to debate Rabbis. Read Isaiah 50:2-3, “Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? When I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst. I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.”
Verses two and three are speaking about God the Father. Who is capable of drying up the sea with a “rebuke”? The Lord God is the omnipotent One speaking in verses two and three. No one other than the Lord God has the power to “clothe the heavens with blackness.” Verses two and three are speaking about God the Father.
Now read the next two verses. Isaiah 50: 4–5, “The Lord Jehovah hath given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as they that are taught. The Lord Jehovah hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward.” From these verses we learn God the Father wakens someone “morning by morning” to teach Him. The next two verses reveal who is “wakeneth morning by morning” to be taught. Clearly, it is Jesus being taught by His Heavenly Father.
“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord Jehovah will help me; therefore have I not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” Did God the Father give His back to the “smiters”? No! Did the Holy Spirit? No! Jesus is the one person of the Trinity to suffer at the hands of others as described in these verses. See Matthew 26:67. This passage reveals it was Jesus who was “wakeneth morning by morning” by His Father to be taught the mind of the Father.
The question to ask is what was God teaching Jesus every morning when He woke Him? God the Father was teaching the boy Jesus divine viewpoint. He was teaching Him to think the way the Father thinks and the result was that Jesus “advanced” and grew spiritually. Note this, He was teaching Him what He teaches you and me in the Bible! As believers, we can learn the mind of God from the Bible. He will teach us His perfect divine viewpoint if we let Him. Look back at Isaiah 50:5b which says, “and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward.” Did Jesus resist as the Father was teaching Him. Did Jesus complain, turn His back, and go the other direction? Of course He did not. Believers like to talk about being “Christlike”. How Christlike are you? Are you “advancing” and maturing spiritually with a daily dose of Bible doctrine or are you rebellious? Do you allow the Father to teach you every day from the Word or would that be too boring? Study, study, study the Word of God.