Bible Lesson About Gifted Children.
The first 5 lessons (case studies) in this series is very straightforward – a Scripture text and application questions.
- Carefully consider these children and their families.
- Reflect on your own situation.
- Answer the given questions.
Part 6 will be a 10 point checklist of tips for teachers.
Gifted Children (Luke 2:39 – 52)
When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day’s journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.”
And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”
But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
– New American Standard Bible
1. As a parent, how can you relate to this story about Jesus and His parents? (multiple choice)
- It illustrates how perplexing my gifted child can be.
- This sounds like my teenager!
- It reminds me that my strong-willed child is full of potential.
- My child is a lot like Jesus, except for the obedient subjection part!
- Like Mary, I often ask or think, “Why have you treated us like this?”
2. How does this incident give you comfort or insight? (multiple choice)
- Even Jesus’ parents had to go through stress and challenges.
- Even Jesus did things that disturbed His parents.
- Developing independence is necessary in growing up.
- Sometimes we misjudge children.
- Sometimes children mature without us really noticing.
3. How much stress have you experienced due to the changes in your children’s lives? How do you deal with that stress?
4. What are your biggest anxieties about parenting a gifted child?