BIBLE STUDY: THE FATHER’S BUSINESS_Part 1
Bible study ought to be a priority to every believer. A believer should have a bible study culture. The love for the word is intrinsic with salvation. In other words, the new birth instills within us an insatiable desire for the study of the Word. We were created and wired to love the word of God. So how do we know a serious believer? A serious believer is one who responds to that innate desire for the word.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”(1 Pet. 2:2).
He does whatever it takes to understand the word. So to be a serious believer is to take bible study seriously. We must learn to discipline ourselves in the pursuit of bible knowledge. We must respond to that which God has placed inside of us which is the desire for his word. “I have found your word and I did eat them and it has become the joy and the rejoicing of my heart” (Jer. 15:16).
Job in his quest for knowledge obviously did not know as much as he ought to but had an insatiable hunger for the law of the Lord. So in his pursuit for knowledge he said “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12) That talks about priority. The word of the Lord is such that a believer goes after it, he runs after it, he searches it, he goes where it is being taught regularly. He should not at any time be tired of hearing the word.
In Luke 2, Jesus at the age of 12 went with his parents to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. He was a young man and about the time the Passover was done, of course they had to return back to their base and Jesus was nowhere to be found. They looked for him for 3 days amongst family, friends, relations. They just couldn’t find him.
“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” (Lk. 2:46-47). The scriptures Jesus knew were not as a result of a supernatural endowment, He learnt them. He listened to the doctors of the law, paid attention to what they taught and asked questions. The bible says they were astonished at his understanding and answers. This meant that He answered them correctly when asked questions based on the information He garnered from them. All these at age 12! Not yet a teenager. Here he was sitting with the doctors of law, interacting with them.
And when His parents found him in the temple, you can only imagine how exasperated they were. His mother said “Son, why have you done this to us? see, your father and I have been looking for you with sorrow..”
Jesus said something amazing. He said, “Why are you looking for me? Don’t you know that I should be about my father’s business?” What was His Father’s business? BIBLE STUDY. The study of the Pentateuch and the books of the prophets. That was what He referred to as His Father’s business. The Father’s business was sitting in the temple and learning the Torah from its teachers. So Jesus as a young man had a fraternity with the word of God. He had a strong acquaintance with the word of God.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).
To be continued…