Bible Ballistics: Who’s Father??? Vol 4 #6
I extend a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, as well as to all you prospective dads. I pray that you’ve had a great day. I’d like to take a bit of a ‘right’ turn today, as we think about ‘Fathers’. We all had a biological father, some who remained in our lives, some have adoptive fathers who stepped up to the plate and became a father. Some of you have fathers who were there but not there—you know the one’s who were so focused on other things that you were never really a part of their lives. Some have, sadly but true, had abusive or negligent fathers, who did not ‘father’ them in one way or another.
So what’s the big deal about ‘Father’s Day’? Some are now even trying to change it to “Family Day”, to accommodate the politically correct ‘alternative’ family that has ‘two dads’ or ‘two moms’ or any other shape or form. Sorry folks, as we’ve said before, God established what a family is and it’s clear—
“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2: 23-24
Jesus also confirmed and identified the speaker of verse 24 above, as God the ‘Father’. Matthew 19:4-6,
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” God established marriage—
He made them male and female—
He said for this cause=marriage—
the man was to leave his own mother and father—
the man was to cleave to his wife=the woman—
and to become ‘one flesh’.
He then tells us that what GOD has ‘joined together’—
man is not to separate.
not by divorce,
not by cohabiting instead of marrying,
not by redefining marriage,
not by ignoring marriage
nor making politically correct ‘alternative’ lifestyles.
Marriage is not a ‘lifestyle’ but a God established covenant relationship, between a man and a woman only, to last for a lifetime. We can’t improve on God—
only pervert and
destroy the foundation of all society.
What does all this have to do with ‘Father’s Day’? A lot I think. There’s a lot that we can learn
about ‘Fathers’ from God’s word.
About man and about God.
Beginning with instructions to fathers—
Ephesians 6:4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We can only share what we already have.
Colossians 3:21 adds an insight, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”
Fathers are to encourage not discourage.
To build up not tear down.
Hebrews 12 talks about this “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” Hebrews 12:9-13.
The word for ‘chastise’ is a Greek word that means, ‘child training’. It includes correction or discipline, but it also includes all that is required to ‘train’ and grow a child into a useful, productive and God-honoring adult. Fathers are to ‘train’ and discipline their children with the goal of ‘righteousness’ in mind.
To lift up the weakness of our children, (and others)
to make paths that are straight for them-(for all)
to bring them to ‘healing’ or maturity. (In all)
That they might know and follow God.
The author of Hebrews makes a comparison that takes us to the other twist on Father’s Day that I’d like to point out.
That God is our Father,
both by creative right
and by adoptive relationship in salvation
through Jesus Christ.
This holy, heavenly Father who cares for us, brings all discipline and correction into our life to make us holy, and we could talk about those verses that support this (Rom 8:28-29, Rom 8:31, Phil 1:6 and many more) but I’d like us to look at another familiar passage in our pursuit of understanding.
Matthew 6:9-10, &13b, is part of what we call the “Lord’s Prayer”, although it’s what He gave us as the ‘model’ prayer, (for His prayer is found in John 17–but that’s a topic for another day).
“9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven….For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen..”
Why this portion? Because our focus today is on God, not the rest of the prayer. Just a few quick observations for you to ponder on this ‘”Father’s Day”—
God is our Father in heaven—we are to look up, always.
God’s name is holy/hallowed—we are to revere and honor Him, not misuse or blaspheme His name, or take it lightly.
God’s kingdom coming is to be our desire—not our ‘kingdom’ laid out for HIS approval.
We are to pray for and seek HIS kingdom.
God’s will be done –here on earth as it is in heaven—
not our will be done and God you approve it…
Not my desires first and God gets the ‘leftovers’.
WHY? Because –He is creator of all
All is HIS kingdom
All is in HIS power
(He’s graciously given us a measure of power now—are you abusing your God-given power?)
All is to be to HIS GLORY!!
If I claim HIS name I am to be working to please and glorify the one I claim to Love.
Food for thought on this Father’s Day.
Are we honoring our heavenly Father?
Blessings on your day.