“And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2:51 ESV)
The second chapter of Luke gives us some insight into the childhood of Jesus. The shepherds came on the night of his birth and told Mary of all they were told concerning her baby. Her response was to treasure up or to store the information in her mind so as to remember what was said. She memorized the event and what was said so as to meditate on these things later on. Every event concerning Jesus and his childhood written down for us in the second chapter of Luke is a result of her memorizing these events and the words spoken about her child. These words may not have had a clear meaning in Mary’s mind at the time they were spoken. Nevertheless, the meaning was very clear when she sat down with the doctor from Macedonia and recounted those things she had treasured in her heart.
Mary loved her child. As a result, she took great care to remember all of the pertinent information that she received about him. We who have a special love relationship with the same Jesus have more information about him today than many previous generations. How well are we treasuring up these things in our hearts? I hope that love compels you to learn more about Jesus through the Holy Scriptures. I hope when you read the Bible, you read with a desire to understand as well as with the intent to remember. Bible memorization and meditation on Scripture are spiritual disciplines that have waned in these days. I pray that you will make some time to do your best to store God’s Word in your heart. It is the greatest treasure ever given to man.