Jesus did not have an education. A formal one, I mean. Still, He succeeded.
He knew He didn’t have to have a degree.
So He didn’t study under the rabbinical schools of the day.
His mission did not require Him
Let’s set that right in.
Jesus had a mission. He was focused on that mission.
From the moment He had a consciousness and learned from the Scriptures and from the tutelage of His mother who He really was, He knew.
Twelve years old was He when His earthly “parents” brought Him to Jerusalem with them. They’re attending the annual feasts.
From then on He knew He must be about His “Father’s business (Luke 2:49).”
But He did not have to obtain any formal education to get into this business.
From the study of the Scriptures and from the tutelage of His earthly parents, He knew.
He did not need a degree.
His mission did not require Him.
Also, it was not His Father’s will
How did we know?
We know because Jesus always lived by His Father’s will.
“…I seek not My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” – John 5:30, ESV
If He did anything on earth that was contrary to the Father’s will, He would have qualified as a rebel.
If He qualified as a rebel, we wouldn’t have had a Savior.
We’d be doomed.
But we’re not.
“…take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33, ESV
Jesus did not obtain a formal education. He simply obeyed His Father’s will.
The rabbinical system of education was corrupt
Why would Jesus subject Himself under the tutelage of a corrupt system of education?
He would rather be home-schooled.
Indeed, He was.
But His homeschooling was never inferior. In fact, the child Jesus
“…grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon Him.” – Luke 2:40, ESV
All this wisdom He gained, not from that corrupt system of mainstream education, but from home-school.
Mainstream education was actually inferior
We know this because the “unschooled” boy Jesus, at 12 years old, was filled with more profound ideas than men four to seven times His age.
The boy Jesus was
“…sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.” – Luke 2:46-47, ESV
How couldn’t they be amazed?
He had an understanding more profound than theirs.
The depth of His answers was evidence of the superiority of His education.
He did not have a degree.
Well, He was only 12.
But still, He did not have a formal education.
And yet the kind of tutelage He had in just 12 years was already proven superior compared to the mainstream tutelage the rabbis had for 20 or so years.
You don’t have to have a degree
For the very same reasons, you didn’t have to. If…
- You find yourself in a particular mission, and
- God has called you to that mission (it’s His will), and
- That mission doesn’t require any degree, then
…nothing needs to be stressed out more than the fact that you don’t have to have a degree.
But this radical mindset has quite been opposed
Yes, it is.
And it’s because people around you expect quite a lot from you.
They expect you to
- graduate with flying colors
- land on a high-paying job
- help them pay the bills
- buy them tickets and treats to trips around the world
- retire with benefits
- die with acronyms behind your last name.
Don’t be fooled.
If your purpose does not require you, don’t be fooled.
Not everyone is a Daniel; God has a specific purpose for you
I guess if the Israelites had only been true to their mission, they would not have been exiled.
If they haven’t been exiled, you won’t find Daniel at the University of Babylon.
Now take note.
It was not Daniel’s prime purpose to study in that secular university.
If not for God’s providence, Daniel would not have been given the chance.
Daniel was only being true to God.
And God had faith in Daniel. He saw in Daniel someone who would not be lured by Babylonian secularism.
Daniel was safe to send to a secular campus.
And God may have a different plan for you.
Jesus did not have an education; should you?
If you seek to follow the example of Jesus, you only need to look at His principle.
If it’s the Father’s will, yes; if not, no.
So Daniel was not “sinning” against God when he studied at the Babylonian University. It was simply God’s providence, and God’s providence is one way He reveals His will.
God reveals His will in three ways
Providence, plus the other two, complete the list. God reveals His will through (see source):
- His Word, the Holy Scriptures
- His providential workings
- the appeals of the Holy Spirit
And Jesus must have discerned how He was going to live His life through these agencies.
If He studied the prophecies in Daniel—
—oh, just what a coincidence!—and Jesus surely studied them,
…then He must have known that He only had 33.5 years of life to spend on earth!
He had a work to do in His earthly home, and He had a work to do on behalf of the Jewish nation.
Jesus will not allow Himself to be corrupted by rabbinical teachings that He is going to thwart anyway by the time He begins to preach!
Why waste time on a corrupted tutelage when He simply had to learn fresh from the Father?
That was all He needed.
He did not obtain a degree; should you?
As you can see, it depends.
You can be a John the Baptist, Jesus’ forerunner, and stay in the wilderness in preparation for your lifework.
You can be a Daniel, God’s uncompromising prophet in a secular field which only God arranged him to be into.
You can be a Paul who, as a Saul, was schooled in “mainstream church school,” began persecuting Jesus’ followers for a misunderstanding of the truth, and was later converted upon a “pure” encounter with Jesus.
You can be anyone, but don’t be someone God has not called you to be.
No, you don’t have to obtain a degree.
Jesus did not obtain a degree.
Just stick to your mission.
And you will know. God will reveal. Keep reading and praying.