Teenagers in the Bible
In contrast to that report, it is refreshing to read of teenagers in Bible days who really were the tops.
Joseph at the age of 17 was subjected to tremendous pressures. Coming from a large family he had nearly all his brothers
against him because of jealousy. He may have attracted some of it by divulging some special dreams that God had given
him concerning his future, but he was written off as some 'holy Joe'.
They threw him into a pit with murderous intentions, but after second thoughts he was rescued, only to be subjected to further humiliation
by being sold as a slave to some Ishmaelite travellers en route for Egypt. He was employed in the Royal household where Potiphar's wife had
sexual designs on him. He constantly refused her seductions with the noble protest, "How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?"
She did not give up however, and went on to engineer circumstances which made it look like rape by keeping part of his garment as he fled from the scene.
It was duly reported to Potiphar, and on false evidence he was thrown into prison. So after the jealousy and the humiliation he became embroiled
in false scandal. He may have lost his coat, but he kept his character!
David, another old Testament teenager, was dubbed a 'stripling' but he proved his utter loyalty when he was in the wilderness caring for the sheep.
They were attacked by a bear and a lion. No one would have blamed him if he had made a run for it, but instead he went after them and slew them.
Later he volunteered to take on the giant Goliath single -- handed, much to the amazement of the soldiers. But David was not joking.
He said that God was with him and he struck Goliath a knock-out blow with a sling shot. This was possibly the first instance of the use of a guided missile!
And what about Josiah? He came to the throne of Judah at the age of eighteen and had a difficult family background.
His father Amon and his grand-father Manasseh had both been evil kings, so Josiah was brought up in an environment of
wickedness and intrigue, but we read that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
Righteousness triumphed over heredity, and it still can. Many young Christians today come into our Churches
from most difficult family backgrounds, but they have been transformed by the grace of God.
Daniel too was a teenager when his country was over-run by the enemy and he was taken prisoner to Babylon; but even there,
away from home influence, he stood firm for his principles, and eventually became a Minister of State.
There are strong possibilities too that the Apostles of Jesus were still teenagers when He called them; and Timothy also,
the young pastor who worked with the Apostle Paul.
So the Bible gives us an impressive list of teenagers who were not mixed up. They knew what they believed; they were
committed and they knew where they were going in life.
Youngsters who stand for something are not likely to easily fall for anything. Joseph beat sexual temptation, David showed
exemplary courage in face of danger. Josiah stood firm on ethics and Daniel demonstrated that integrity need not necessarily
stand in the way of promotion. The Apostles and Timothy found the ultimate adventure in the Christian life.
Mary was a young teenager when she gave birth to Jesus. (Although the Bible doesn't give an age, It is speculated that she was 14 years old)
The Call of Jeremiah (approximate age 17).. Jeremiah 1:4-10
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." "Alas, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak;
I am too young." But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, "I am too young. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever
I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out
his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms
to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
Who Is Invited?
If you are 12 years old through college aged, we would love to have you join us!
Thursday nights at 7:00pm.
What to Expect:
Time of Prayer
Opportunities for Service
People who Care
Outings and Events
To Meet with God!