Friday, January 10, 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?”
While 12-year-old Jesus listens to Judaism’s teachers speak, and marking their replies to His questions, He better perceives their spiritual darkness. My, how extremely far have His people drifted from His Father’s words to them! These Israeli religious teachers—these “leaders”—are nothing but “blind leaders of the blind” (Matthew 15:14)! How bewildered they are to hear this little boy speak such weighty truths about spiritual matters (Luke 2:47)! Their surprise testifies to their spiritual ignorance: had they really been listening to and believing the very Old Testament Scriptures they possessed and read/heard, they would have already known the very truths young Jesus was articulating to them!
The lad Jesus asks His stepfather and mother in today’s Scripture, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Looking beyond His earthly guardians, He centers on His Heavenly Father and the occupation in which He is employed. “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me” (John 7:16). “I speak that which I have seen with my Father…” (John 8:38). Jesus Christ has come to teach Israel His Father’s words—the very words they have rejected for several centuries!!
Luke chapter 2 closes with, “ And they [Joseph and Mary] understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” The Bible is now silent about Jesus for another two decades, Him spiritually and physically maturing during that time. He reappears in chapter 3—now approximately age 30 (verse 23)—to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and formally begin His earthly ministry. Let us see the Lord Jesus, now an adult with greater spiritual understanding, work with His Father in the family business….
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Does Israel’s Little Flock have a hope in Heaven?”