But let me suggest to you a different way to read this passage.
Jesus wasn’t a teacher. He was a student. The picture Luke gives us is one of a precocious student who has an unusual grasp of the subject and who is voraciously taking in everything the teachers give him. “They found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
It would not be hard to image him also challenging the standard interpretations, “What if this passage is talking about this?” But this is primarily a story about Jesus’ development as a child on the verge of becoming an adult.
If you still aren’t convinced, look at verses 40 & 52:
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.Between these “bookends,” Luke recounts this story told to him by Mary (verse 51). Jesus is preparing himself for the mission that lies ahead.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
“Helping you become the person God created you to be”