“I MUST BE ABOUT MY FATHER’S BUSINESS,” 28.03.19
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
From the very beginning, Yeshua, as a little boy, knew His purpose, and would not be distracted, diverted or side-tracked. “He said to them, “Why were you searching for Me? Didn’t you know that I must be about the things of My Father?” But they did not grasp the message He was telling them”(Lk.2:49,50). Do God’s people yet grasp the message He was telling us?
Scripture abounds with references to the need for God’s prophecies/Word to be fulfilled. And as much as there are those who teach that Yeshua/Jesus had some other hidden agenda, making Him out to be a rebel, dissenter, having come to usurp the Father’s rules and commandments, He was all about the Father’s business: “But Yeshua said to them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working. . . . . . the Son cannot do anything by Himself. He can do only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does”(John 5:17-20). He had come to do the will of the Father, and for no other reason had He come. It would be to our advantage if we took the example of this very focussed approach, instead of being distracted, allowing ourselves to go to and fro, back and forth, and all over the map.
Yeshua continually reinforced the fulfillment of Scripture, making it very clear that He had come to fulfill much of prophecy: “There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” (Mk.13:2). “The Siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 was the decisive event of the First Jewish–Roman War. The Roman army, led by the future Emperor Titus, with Tiberius Julius Alexander as his second-in-command, besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem. . . . The siege ended with the sacking of the city and the destruction of its Second Temple” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberius_Julius_Alexander ). Although this prophecy was largely fulfilled, there will be an additional and ultimate fulfillment at a future time: “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city” (Zech.14:1,2). So much of prophecy has several time frames, levels, each released at strategic points, just as the Father has ordained.
“As they were eating, He said, “Amen, I tell you, one of you will betray Me” (Matt.26:21). But Yeshua explained: “not one of them was lost except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled” (John 17:12). There were no surprises in any of these events from His perspective, not from the minutest detail to the overall bigger picture.
“Truly, I tell you, this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times” (Matt.26:34), He said to Peter; and a short time later: “some of the bystanders approached Peter and said to him, “Surely you’re one of them, too . . . . “I do not know the Man!” Right then, a rooster crowed. Then Peter reminded himself of the word Yeshua had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went away and wept bitterly”” (Matt.26:73-75).
“This night you will all fall away because of Me; for it is written” (Matt.26:31); and Yeshua quoted from Zech. 13:7, “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered!” indicating how He would be fulfilling the Scripture, and went on to say, “But after I am raised up, I will go before you to the Galilee” (Matt.26:32): “Go quickly now and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And behold, He’s going before you to the Galilee. There you will see Him. . . “Don’t be afraid,” Yeshua said to them. “Go tell My brothers to head for the Galilee, and there they will see Me” (Matt.28:7,10). And, yes, there are prophecies that are dispatched to almost immediate fulfillment; but for the most part, prophecy is often delivered in timely layers which can be 100’s even 1,000’s of years apart. It’s time to hear, believe, do, and follow; to “take up our cross, deny self, and follow Him daily” (Lk.9:23), watching for the prophetic fulfillment of all of God’s Word, the final stages of which are near-at-hand to come.
“Then they came up and threw their hands on Yeshua and seized Him. And suddenly, one of those with Yeshua stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and he struck the kohen gadol’s servant and cut off his ear. Then Yeshua said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! For all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you suppose that I cannot call on My Father, and at once He will place at My side twelve legions of angels? How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” (Matt.26:50-54). It wasn’t that Yeshua was a victim; nor was He taken by surprise. This was all part of a greater plan. Neither was it the case, as many have erroneously interpreted, that because He told Peter to put his sword away and that those who fight with the sword, die by the sword, it meant that Yeshua was a pacifist, and would in no way condone any fighting or violence, war or otherwise. No. It wasn’t that at all. Violence was not His first choice, of course, and it did not fit for this moment; but that in no way meant that Yeshua would have been against His people fighting to defend themselves against those that would attempt to conquer them, such as the many occasions when Yahweh/God the Father had instructed His people to eliminate all their enemies.
In the same way, His apparent passivity in the following passages had nothing to do with being passive, or even submissive to these wicked assailants: “And while He was accused by the ruling kohanim and elders, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Don’t You hear how many things they testify against you?” Yeshua did not answer, not even one word, so the governor was greatly amazed” (Matt.27:12-14). Everything was purposeful. Everything He did was done to enable God the Father’s plan to be fulfilled. Had He protested loudly enough; had He declared with authority who He was; if the heart of the Roman officials were to be touched, it could be the case that they would not have crucified Him. God’s plan would have been sabotaged. He had to complete the Father’s business, the purpose for which He’d come.
“But all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets would be fulfilled. Then all the disciples fled, abandoning Him” (Matt.26:56). “For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, so that I might testify to the truth” (John 18:37). “Yeshua knew that all things were now completed, to fulfill the Scripture He said . . . . “It is finished!” (John 19:28-30). When Yeshua said “It is finished,” He was in no way implying that His followers didn’t have to do anything; He was referring to what HE had come to do. “I can count all my bones. They stare, they gape at me. They divide my clothes among them, and cast lots for my garment” (Ps.22:18,19), quoted in Matt.27:35. “Into Your hand I commit my spirit. You have redeemed me, Adonai, God of truth” (Ps.31:5,6), quoted in Luke 23:46, as Yeshua breathed His last on the tree/Cross. Yeshua, having spoken these Words from prophecy about Himself, confirms that these passages referred to Him.
Yeshua lived His life on earth single-mindedly, focussing only on His mission, as His words in the Garden of Gethsemane so clearly depict: ““Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done”” (Lk.22:42). May we seek the Father daily, that we would each live our lives from that perspective, focussing only on HIM, remembering, it’s all about HIM, not about self. Let us be about our Father’s business.
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