Growing in Wisdom by Simon Dewey

Growing in Wisdom

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

The limited scripture references regarding Christ’s childhood reveal the early personal preparation for His divine ministry.  Surely both Mary and Joseph recognized the importance of their roles in raising the Lord God in righteousness – teaching by instruction as well as leading by example.  According to Luke’s record, Jesus grew not only intellectually and physically, but also spiritually and socially – doing the will of God and blessing the lives of His fellowmen.  His pattern of progression, though focused and balanced, was by no means instantaneous – but rather a process:  “And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace; And thus he was called the Son of God…” (D&C 93:12, 14).

Artist Simon Dewey shared his thoughts behind his subject: “Little is known about the honorable Joseph, the just and faithful carpenter who was entrusted from on high to foster the Only Begotten Son of God.  We do know that with a valiant heart he did as he was bidden by the angel in a dream: he took Mary as his wife and nurtured her and her Son.  There must have been opportunities at the end of the working day when tools were pushed aside and Jesus took time to learn his Father’s business.  Perhaps he did so with Joseph at his side.  Certainly, in the process of tutoring the growing Jesus, we can imagine that Joseph would have been learning as much as he was teaching.” (

Additional reading: “Your Charge: To Increase in Wisdom and Favor with God and Man”