My Father’s Business #10

Tuesday, January 14, 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?”

The LORD God informed Abraham in Genesis 17:10 concerning the formation of the nation Israel: “This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised” (read verses 1-14 in your own time). In “time past,” physical circumcision—the cutting off of the male Jew’s foreskin—was absolutely critical in God’s purpose and program. Those physically uncircumcised were Gentile, outside of God’s will (Ephesians 2:11,12). In the “but now,” however, God sees no difference between Jew and Gentile, physical circumcision and physical uncircumcision (verse 13). “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love” (Galatians 5:6). “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature” (Galatians 6:15).

Read Ephesians chapter 3: “[1] For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, [2] If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: [3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, [4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) [5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; [6] That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: [7] Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.”

Currently, Father God is creating a group of believers, the Church the Body of Christ, using Jews and Gentiles alike. Unless we recognize the above dispensational change, we will believe the Bible is contradictory and contains mistakes. When we accept that the Lord Jesus Christ introduced this change through the Apostle Paul’s ministry and message, then we hone in on our “Father’s business” for today….

My Father’s Business #9

Monday, January 13, 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?”

Since the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul instructed us to “study… rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), it stands to reason that the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul also told us how to “rightly divide the word of truth.” When we study the Pauline epistles, Romans through Philemon, we discover one insightful passage in this regard.

Ephesians chapter 2 states, “[6] And [Father God] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus…. [11] Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; [12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

God’s dealings in creation, His work in Heaven and Earth, His affairs in the world, His will for people—yes, His “business” with His creatures—can be neatly segmented or divided and arranged on a timeline (which is precisely dispensational Bible study). Ephesians chapter 2 specifies three time periods, which we can easily see as corresponding to past (“time past;” verse 11), present (“but now;” verse 13), and future (“ages to come;” verse 7). In “time past,” God dealt with people on the basis of physical circumcision (Jew) and physical uncircumcision (Gentile). “But now,” currently, God sees no difference between the two: both are equally sinful and both equally access Him through Jesus Christ’s shed blood.

Surely, if we desire to learn how to be about our Father’s “business” for today, we must listen to His words as found in the Pauline Books of the Bible….

My Father’s Business #8

Sunday, January 12, 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?”

The Lord Jesus had a thorough knowledge of precisely what Father God wanted Him to do on the Earth. By faith, He worked in accordance with those verses (Luke 4:16-21 cf. Isaiah 61:1,2): He was spiritually mature, able to make decisions His Heavenly Father approved. Sadly, however, millions of today’s Christians are utterly clueless concerning God’s will for their life. They wander aimlessly, wondering exactly what God is doing and exactly what He would have them do. It is not God’s fault. He has given them the Holy Bible, and He has imparted His Holy Spirit to those who have trusted Jesus Christ alone as their personal Saviour, but they have still wound up in spiritual darkness!

Friends, dispensational Bible study is how we understand where we are in the purpose and program of God. Jesus Christ Himself was a dispensationalist as demonstrated in Luke chapter 4. He stopped reading the Old Testament passage to precisely match God’s plan at that time. It was not time for God’s vengeance—that would be at His Second Coming—so He did not read it as fulfilled at His First Coming. He understood the “dispensational boundaries” that divide the Scriptures. For example, He did not go to Genesis chapter 6 and build an ark as though God had told Him to do that. He understood that was God’s instructions to Noah. Like Christ, we also understand that not all the Bible is true at the same time. We do not grab just anything from anywhere in Scripture and follow it as though it were God’s Word to and about us.

The only verse in the King James Bible that commands us to “study” the Scriptures also tells us how to do it: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). When we “rightly divide the word of truth,” we recognize the differences that God has already delineated in His Word. In doing so, we as Christians can honestly claim, “I must be about my Father’s business….”

Our latest Bible Q&A: “How can the King James Bible say horses are “in” the chariots of Zechariah 6:2-3?

My Father’s Business #7

Saturday, January 11, 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?”

Luke chapter 4 contains the Lord Jesus Christ’s first sermon: “[16] And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. [17] And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, [18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. [20] And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. [21] And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

After years of Bible study, Christ ultimately recognized Isaiah chapter 61 applied directly to Him: “[1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; [2] To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; [3] To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

Notice how Christ handled Isaiah, breaking off reading the passage exactly where it aligned with God’s current operations in Israel! He knew what His Heavenly Father was doing, and He was working in perfect tandem with Him….

My Father’s Business #6

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, “[50] And they [Joseph and Mary] understood not the saying which he spake unto them. [51] 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. [52] 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….

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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)….

My Father’s Business #4

Wednesday, January 8, 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?”

Luke chapter 2 provides two marvelous truths concerning young Jesus—one before and the other after His theological discussion with Israel’s elders. Verse 40 states, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” Now, verse 52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” Here is Christ’s humanity, the very theme of Luke’s Gospel Record. Almighty God, because He is God, cannot “increase in wisdom and stature.” Yet, the God-Man, because He is just as much Man as He is God, can mature spiritually and physically (like we do)! Between these two “bookend verses,” we find Him sitting in the midst of the doctors of Judaism.

As every Jewish boy of His day, Jesus was educated in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). His stepfather Joseph and mother Mary were influential here. Yet, read: “The Lord GOD [Father God] hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back” (Isaiah 50:4,5). Messiah is speaking, 700 years before His earthly ministry (check verse 6). In contrast to other Jewish lads though, the Lord Jesus diligently studied and always obeyed His Father’s Word.

By the time of age 12, Jesus could therefore discuss Jewish religion with those elders in Jerusalem. Verses 46 and 47 of Luke chapter 2 again: “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” His questions were doubtless posed to evaluate just where His nation’s leaders were in their spiritual understanding. Remember, Christ was learning, better grasping Israel’s ignorance and thereby enabling Him to see how to correct it….