As you know, if you’ve been around Another Red Letter Day long, I love the red letters.
As I puttered through the Christmas Story this season, I ran into the first (chronologically) red letters in the Bible. The red letters in some editions of the Bible are the words of Jesus. You can read about why I love them so much here. In any case we find these red letters when Jesus was only twelve years of age.
Before His baptism and the inauguration of His ministry.
Before His testing in the wilderness.
Before His Bar Mitzvah, His coming of age.
This is what He says.
And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?" - Luke 2:49 NASB
Now I, having grown up with the KJV, remembered it like this—
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 that got me curious about the actual words.
[Standard Disclaimer—I’m not a Greek scholar so I offer only observation about what a couple good reference source say.]
I noticed in the NASB that there was a foot note on this word that the old translation renders as "business." This word “house” could also be “affairs.” The literal translation, according to the NASBs footnote is “I had to be in the things of My Father.”
I love that. Jesus first recorded words were “I have to be in My Father’s stuff.”
As I look at how this “things” word is used, I found Jesus using this word in the Beatitudes:
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. - Matthew 5:4 NASB
In each beatitude we see this pronoun used.
OK—I know—It’s just a pronoun. Everybody uses words like this all the time.
But I like to think of the boy Jesus pondering the scriptures and looking forward to a day when He would come and actually be IN His Father’s stuff—He would dwell within these blessed ones—take up residence in the ones who the Father considers His business—His mansions—His possessions.
And that right there makes me happy.
How about you?
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