"And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast."
(Luke 2:42 KJV)
There is more known about Family Life in the time of Jesus Christ than our previous 2 articles. Our Awesome God continued to build the Family into a strong unit but the men's jobs remained essentially unchanged: paying taxes to the king, teaching his boys an occupation and about God, managing his Family, herding and growing crops if on a farm and keeping the Feast Days. Civic business was conducted at the Market area in the village or city.
The women's major task was to have children but most of her day was used to raise them, to keep the house clean, to launder clothes, to obtain the vegetables, grind the wheat, teach the young children and cook the meals and get water for drinking, cooking, laundering and bathing. If she lived in the city, she or her servant had to go to the market which was located near the outside walls of the village or city.
Jews were usually light eaters but bread was part of all meals and needed to be ground and baked every other day. Low income food consisted of sheep or goats milk with butter and cheese that were made from it. Sweeteners were honey, juice from grapes or dates.
Locusts were a special treat, boiled or dried and ground up. While their dinners had beans, vegetables, lentils, onions and cucumbers, the middle income families would include fish, pigeons, kid, lamb and occasionally a chicken. The very rich had veal. All their food was strongly seasoned with mustard, saffron, capers, dill, mint, coriander and rosemary. They drank wine.
The aim of Family Life was to have children and children of both genders were loved. The boys were more important because they would stay in the family while the girls would leave when they married. The house was very important to Family Life and was usually small, made of baked clay and straw or wattle and daub built over or around a spring in a village. There was an outside staircase on a flat roofed house that added to the available living space. The larger houses in the village or city were built around a central courtyard. Most of the women who lived in a village had a garden where they could grow food and flowers. The rich would have a stone house and a servant to sweep the floor and a fireplace. But those with less wealth would have a simple brazier.
Family Life remains important today as it was in Christ's Time but it has changed again. Look for #4 Family next week. Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for the Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA and an Intercessory Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill