My Father’s Business #5

Thursday, January 9, 2020

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luke 2:49 KJV).

And, just what is the Lord Jesus’ Father’s “business?”

Joseph and Mary are understandably heartbroken to have accidentally left young Jesus behind. Just a boy of 12 years, He is “lost” among the crowds of millions of Jews in and departing Jerusalem. En route back home to northern Israel (Galilee), Joseph and Mary turn around and begin to frantically search for Him among their relatives. Eventually, they re-trace their steps to Jerusalem, where—after searching for Him for three days—they are surprised to find Him in the Temple having that religious seminar with Israel’s “doctors” (Mosaic Law scholars).

Read today’s Scripture within its immediate context: “[48] And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. [49] And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? [50] And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.”

Friend, did you notice how Jesus actually mildly rebuked His mother Mary here? She told Him, “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” The dear lady was sincere—she was a caring mother—but Mary uttered one inappropriate word that caused Jesus to adversely react with, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Basically, He asked both her and Joseph: “Why have you hunted Me down? Have you not applied wisdom here, understanding that I need to be working with My Father here?” Mary called Joseph Jesus’ “father,” but Jesus shifted the focus from a mere man to Father God. “Mom and stepdad, I deliberately chose to stay behind here at the Jerusalem Temple. My Heavenly Father has something far more important for Me to do than follow you back home!” Being human, sin prevents Joseph and Mary from grasping such profound truths (verse 50)….