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Be about the Father’s Business

  • Numbers 26:1-51
  • Luke 2:36-52
  • Psalm 60:1-12
  • Proverbs 11:15

Why were you searching for me?” He asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s House?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Luke 2: 49-50

The setting for these verses is Jesus, Mary & Joseph had been to Jerusalem for the annual Passover Festival. They were caravaning back home when Mary & Joseph realized after about a day’s journey that Jesus was missing. They couldn’t find him anywhere so they hurried back to Jerusalem to find their 12 year old son. They found him in the temple listening and learning among the teachers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” (vs 48) The footnotes say that another interpretation for my father’s house could might be said as “be about my Father’s Business”.

So in response to Mary’s question, Jesus respectively reminds her that he has to Be About His Father’s Business. We all have business to be doing for the Father, don’t we?

This made me take a look back at all the people we meet in Chapter 2 of Luke. All of which, whether they realized it or not….were going about the Father’s Business.

The first person we meet is Caesar August. He issued a decree that a census should be taken, which catapulted Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. Bethlehem, as we discussed yesterday, is where the Messiah was prophesied to be born. I’m sure it was not very pregnant Mary and her husband-to-be that thought it a good idea to make this trip back home….on a donkey, no less. Right? I mean would you?!?! So we must consider is it possible that Caesar who wasn’t even a Jew or God fearing man, a Roman couldn’t possibly be aware of what he had set in motion by this decree….was Going About The Father’s Business? Could that be? Could it be that Caesar was put in motion of doing God’s Business, just as God planned it? That’s a mind boggling thought, isn’t it? So if that’s the case….and we look around at our current world and see the politics and world systems that are in motion……are those also systems and people being played out to do The Father’s Business?

Wow. When I think about the mess our world is in, and could this actually play out to be part of the Father’s Business…..it feels a bit overwhelming.

Ok, lets move to someone a bit easier.

Joseph and Mary we meet a couple of times in this chapter. The first time, we think about poor Joseph having to haul Mary back home to take this census. So if this is his hometown, could he have had to explain to his family about his pregnant wife-to-be while he was there? Lots of people were in town and Joseph had to go around hotel to hotel finding a place to stay. Nothin. He would have to take Mary and stay in a barn! Then, the baby is born. Joseph who didn’t conceive this baby, and who is riding on a shoestring of faith, becomes a Dad. Poor guy. While I’m sure he’s ecstatic, sometimes Going About The Father’s Business isn’t very comfortable. Hats off to my friend Joseph, this was a tough day.

Then of course, we meet the shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. (vs 8) When all of the sudden angels show up! The Glory of the Lord shone around them and the shepherds were terrified. These lowly shepherds, just doing their job to the best of their ability, living out in the field watching over someone elses profit margin….Going About The Father’s Business.

Then we meet Simeon who was righteous and devout. He had been WAITING for the the consolation of Israel, the Word says. He’d been WAITING and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. So he WAITED. Finally, he was moved by the Spirit and he went to the temple and when Joseph and Mary brought the child to be circumcised, Simeon was able to take the Messiah in his arms. WOW!! Simeon waited and was devout and righteous while he was Going About The Father’s Business. Has the Holy Spirit revealed something to you too?

Next we see Anna, the prophet. She had been married for 7 years and a widow until she was 84. She stayed at the church day and night fasting and praying for probably around 65 years!….Going About The Father’s Business….and was rewarded by seeing the Messiah. She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. She prophesied and she spread the good news, that was the Business that the Father set her about….and she was faithful in it.

Then we’re back to Mary and Joseph, this time I empathise with Mother Mary. She can’t find her son! He’s lost! “I thought he was with YOU”, were the thoughts in her head. Panicked she drags her husband back to Jerusalem to find the boy in the temple hanging out with the elders. Sheesh! “Son, why have you treated us like this?” She’s a mom, she was Going About The Father’s Business watching out for her son….Messiah or no Messiah, that’s her son, am I right ladies?

All of these men and women Set About Their Father’s Business. Some were aware of it, some were just doing what they do. I question myself all the time, if I’m doing what I’m “supposed to be doing”. Am I doing my Father’s Business well? I do find comfort in Verse 50:

But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Luke 2:50

So if Joseph and Mary, the parents of God, didn’t understand what he was saying at times….I can know that God gives me grace to just do my best each and every day.

Whenever I question I reach for Galatians Chapter 5.

You, my brothers and sisters were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself”

Galatians 5:13-14

There are boundaries to this freedom as Christ followers and they are listed in Galatians verses 19-21. Paul warns us to avoid acts of the flesh which are sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like.

Instead, wouldn’t the WAITING be better if we were to live to produce the fruit of the spirit which are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control? Wouldn’t it be best to Go About The Father’s Business with the work that produces these fruits?

Father God, thank you that you are patient with me when I judge other’s Business….and I ask, like Simeon, that you send the Holy Spirit to guide me to the way to King Jesus! I pray for the person reading this right now, that you would speak to their heart today….and show them the Business that You would have them go about.

How can I be praying for you today?

What is the Business of the Father in your day to day life?

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Mary pondered….

  • Numbers 24:1-25:18
  • Luke 2:1-35
  • Psalm 59:1-17
  • Proverbs 11:14

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

In Chapter 2, Luke is especially interested to weaving the story of The Messiah’s birth into the events of world history. Ceasar August issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (Lk 2:1) Many say that Ceasar was the greatest Roman emperor of all time. I am not a studier of Biblical history, or any history for that matter. So I depend on the footnotes in my Study Bible, which say Ceasar replaced the republic with an imperial form of government, he expanded the empire to include the entire Mediterranean world, established the famed Pax Romana (Roman Peace) and ushered in the golden age of Roman literature and architecture. Augustus, which means exalted, was a title conferred on him by the Roman senate in 27 BC.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there with Mary who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (vs 4-5) This is where my kind of study begins…..the prophecies of Jesus. While Ceasar may have been a powerful ruler in the eyes of men, he only played a role in the prophecies that were already written hundreds and hundreds of years before the man Ceasar decided to have a census.

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.”

And there were shepherds living in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.” I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:8-10

King David was a lowly shepherd too. He was discovered by Samuel the prophet. Samuel had gone to the house of Jesse, by God’s instruction, to seek out the next king. When he got there, Samuel was introduced to six of Jesse’s sons, but Samuel didn’t recognize them to be The One. So Jesse said, well, I do have one more son but he’s out in the field tending sheep, he’s young, and doesn’t account for much, surely its not him you’re looking for! But Samuel said, let me be the judge of that….so Jesse sent for what was to become King David. If you would like to learn more about King David, read about his fantastic life in 1st and 2nd Samuel.

So why WOULDN’T the shepherds be the first to know about King Jesus? A decent of David by the lineage of Joseph.

More prophecy. I love it!!

So this brings me to wonder, how much of any of our lives do we REALLY have control over, or are we, like Ceasar, just role players in the Plan of God? Isn’t our whole purpose to do just what the shepherds did next….

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them……The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Like 2:16-20

All the plans we make for our lives and all the dreams we dream need to be in effort to hurry off and find Jesus! Every day we all go to work, and set about our business, and we need to do it such a way that the way live our lives exemplify that we are followers of this Christ child Jesus. Am I treating people with respect, even the “lowly shepherds” I meet? Do we return and glorify and praise God for all the things we hear and see in our actions, and the way we live? Not just on Sunday at church, but every single day?

Lord, teach me to treasure up all these things and ponder them in my heart every single day of my life. Teach me to seek you out, to not be afraid, to tell others, and glorify you. Lord, I pray for the person reading this right now, that today they would draw closer to you. Plant this seed in each of our hearts so that we can meditate and ponder on it. Lord teach us to be more and more like you to those around us.

How can I be praying for you today?

What is your role in the Kingdom of God?

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