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I just had an epiphany… I was thinking of the fact that Jesus didn’t choose any of the "Who’s Who Among Israeli Religion Students “ or “National Religion Honor Society” students to be one of His disciples. Not one of them was trained (Acts 4:13 says they were "laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education"). He chose those that were passed over, those that didn’t make the cut. He chose fishermen, tax collectors and political activists (radicals).
But what I had never realized before was that Jesus Himself was passed over by the religious leaders. Even though they recognized that at age of thirteen He was gifted, they obviously didn’t choose Him to be one of their lawyers (experts in the Law). He didn’t fit their expectations, so they discounted Him. As Isaiah said, "He was despised and rejected by men!" (Isa. 53:3)
All Jewish children had to learn the Pentateuch (the Mosaic Law) before their 13th birthday. We know it today as a Bar Mitzvah. Then the religion teachers would choose a student in whom they saw a gift and refer him (no girls allowed) to the religious leaders for further training, in preparation for a life of religious service.
If you’ve been ignored or passed over because you aren’t the brightest or the best, you’re in good company. God can use anyone who is willing to submit their lives to Him!