Welcome to another episode on The Gospel Exposition Blog. We pray that you are blessed as you go through this article in Jesus’ name. Today, we want to look at a popular phrase in the bible, which is, My Father’s business. But before we go into the study, I would like us to check other versions of Luke 2:49 from which the phrase was extracted.
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” – NKJV
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? – KJV
And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” – ESV
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” – NIV
He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?” – GNB
And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business? – AMP
From the above versions and translations, we can see that both business and house were used. This is because these words (busines and house) never existed in the original text but were included to bring out a meaningful sentence when the text was translated. Nevertheless, the bible meant what it says as regards this, and from the Amplified version, we can see a merging which implies the similarity of these words. But much more, there’s an awesome translation from The Message version. Let us go through the story.
“Luke 2:41-50 It happened that every year, Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. When He was twelve years old, they went up as they always did for the Feast. When it was over and they left for home, the child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but His parents didn’t know it. Thinking He was somewhere in the company of pilgrims, they journeyed for a whole day and then began looking for Him among relatives and neighbors. When they didn’t find Him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for Him.The next day they found him in the Temple seated among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. The teachers were all quite taken with Him, impressed with the sharpness of His answers. But his parents were not impressed; they were upset and hurt. His mother said, “Young man, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been half out of our minds looking for you.” He said, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?” But they had no idea what He was talking about.”
From here, we can see that His Father’s business or His Father’s house is dealing with the things of His Father. It has to do with fulfilling His Father’s will and bringing into reality the very heart and intentions of His Father.
In Genesis (the beginning), when God created man, He wanted to have an unbroken relationship with him. His desire was to have a family He can relate with and that was exactly what He did. Nevertheless, sin came and brought separation and death. However, at the appointed time, God made a way (Jesus is the Way) because it has always being His business or mission to have man stay with Him as a family. Therefore, He sent Christ to be the Way back to Him, so that man can have a relationship with God again. That was (and is) God’s business.
“1 Tim 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
It is God’s business to have all men saved. His all time desire is to have men come close to Him. Although, it was the sin of men that brought the initial separation, God took it upon Himself to come to man (as Christ) and bring man back to Himself. It is such a business so precious to God that cost Him to give His dear Son.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
The birth, the ministry, the suffering, the death and ascension of Christ was towards ensuring, establishing and prospering this business. This was what Jesus was demonstrating in the temple, drawing closer to men, teaching them the word of God which was able to make them wise unto salvation. He was always in His Father’s house doing the will of His father. He handled the business so judiciously, teaching every man and reconciling their hearts unto God, for God’s business is God’s house in which we dwell with Him always as a family.
At Christ’s departure, He gave us, whom the business has prospered, the instruction to continue with the business and prosper it to the ends of the earth. In other words, Christ handed over the business of the Father, which is also His, to us.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
God’s business is still the same. His desires to have all men saved is still His priority. Every believer must let the business prosper in his hand. Jesus said, “I must be about my Father’s business”. What are you doing with the gospel? This is a new year, what are your resolutions? What business are you after? Have you made a resolution to make the Father’s business yours? Answer these within your heart and make amendments if need be. God bless you as you do so. Amen.
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