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The circumstances of Jesus' conception and birth were very important to identifying Him as the anticipated Christ. Thus there is quite a bit of attention given to it as being in fulfillment of all the prophecies that had been given over all the years of the Old Testament. There was no need to give much attention in the Scriptures to the childhood of Jesus, except for whenever more prophecies were fulfilled.
I noticed, though, that no one has written from the biblical standpoint why the Scriptures focus mainly on Jesus after He turned 30 years old. So here's what I understand to be the answer to that question.
"And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation. This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things" (Num. 4:1-4 and ff.).
It was the Lord's command when setting up the Tabernacle that the Levites were to begin their ministry when they turned 30 years of age. That age requirement makes sense, too. It takes boys time to mature into men, and that maturity doesn't usually ripen enough into stability much before the age of 30 years. Take a look around even today. I don't think you'd want too many of the teens and twenty-somethings to be filling a highly responsible position. For the most part they are too idealistic and inexperienced in life to be able to make good judgments all the time.
"Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand" (1 Chr. 23:3).
1 Chronicles confirms that the number of priests were indeed counted as being able to properly minister within the Tabernacle.
"Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli . . ." (Lk. 3:21-23).
In order for Jesus to be all that was required to deliver us from the bondage of sin into the grace and freedom of salvation, He had to act as our High Priest to intercede with the Father on our behalf. He had to follow the requirements He set up for the Levitical priests. Thus He had to be baptized, anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit, and begin His ministry at the age of 30 years old. He could not have been a Levite to accomplish His purpose on earth as they were only to minister on behalf of the Jewish people. Christ came to save all people who choose to follow Him.
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