Father’s day in USA is June 18th. BUT fathers day in Australia is a different date, as a matter of fact it is TODAY ( September 4th) So I want to shre with you now a message I gave last week at my church for the Sunday Night Service entitled fathers. The Bible reading for the message is John 10:22-30
It can be both a blessing and a challenge to a father like myself to look into Gods word about such a topic and as someone with only 12 years of experience as a father I may not measure up to some others reading this as far as years of hands on knowledge.
On the night I asked the congregation In 5 or less words, when you hear the word father what do you think about? and I got some good answers (most of them 1 word answers), Tell me your answer in the comment box.
In society the world seems to want to take away from the leadership of a father, in fact making it so there seems to be no leadership at all in a family. There is also some out there wanting to start a family more for themselves then for the child to come. I had only a short time to touch on only a few thing about fathers, not only about our earthly things related to the word father but also of cause about the heavenly father. This was not and still is not about pointing the finger at anyone, if I am pointing it at anyone it would be myself. As you read this I pray that you not just see truths about fatherhood, but that you apply them and most importantly that you make sure that you make sure you are a child of the heavenly father!
Throughout history there have been figureheads given the title father, a USA example would be the founding fathers or The early church father..
What does father mean?
Dictionary.com says> a male parent. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor. a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor. a person who has originated or established something: the founding fathers. a precursor, prototype, or early form: The horseless carriage was the father of the modern automobile. a priest.
Adam was the father of the human race Abraham was the father of the Israelites.
The Hebrew word is Arv meaning chief principal. Look at Gen 2:24 and see its 1st appearance of the word father in the word of God
The creation of marriage, home and family as a basic continuance of the race and training of the young is so common to human history that people don’t even blink an eye at how it came to be as seen in Genesis. It is certainly not a product of evolution!
A father does not have to be the one who was involved in making you! You may be adopted or may have never really known your father. God can bring a man into the life of an older or even younger man/ role model. One example is seen in Joseph and Pharaoh, in Genesis 45:8
Sometimes in the life of a man comes another man who has been like a father to him. To advise him, provide for him and to have the authority respect and power of a father. We see the example of Elisha becoming a father to Elijah, 2 Kings 2:12 tells us that. The word father here is master.
One verse that speaks loud to me because my parents were divorce and thus my father was not around in my life much is Psalm 68:5.
We see in God’s word that God is the the father of the fatherless. Maybe you have never know what a father really is. God can take the place of a paren! This is one of the titles that can be given to God, it conveys one of the most striking descriptions that can be given of his character. We see his greatness , his majesty, his power in the world he made, but it is in such expressions like this that we learn what we most desire to know and cannot elsewhere learn, that he the perfect father. He is to be loved as well as feared. Nothing suggests more a state of helplessness and dependence then a condition of orphaned children and widows. Nothing gives a more effective description of the character of God, of his condescension and kindness – that he will take the place of the parent in one case and be a protector in the other. God has given us the greatest example of what a father should be. He cares and has compassion for those who are helpless, fatherless, those in want and need.
12 years ago there was a change in my life, when my son Zac Anthony Claeb Dorsett was born, I wantted more then ever to protect and provide for the need of this little life now a year from being a teen. Isaiah 9:6 we hear about the everlasting father, the title of the Messiah, the father of eternity.
Who is you father? Is it the everlasting father?
In the Old Testament we see fathers who had absolute supreme rights over their children and family and we see the obedience in many cases the children had to their fathers. In Genesis 22 we see that Isaac has total submission to his father, he trusted his father and was ready to give his total obedience over to him. As we study this account in the Bible it is great to read and meditate on the love and sacrifice of Abraham.
Why did God test or try Abraham? Because God wanted Abraham’s full love, the love for his heavenly father – God the Father. In Genesis 22:2 Gods says the Abraham
“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”
It is interesting to note that this is the 1st time love is mentioned in the Bible, not love for man & wife, a mother to a child, brotherly love, love of country or even love of God. It is instead used of the love of a father for his son, in connection with the sacrificial offering of that only and beloved son!
What are your thoughts of your father or father figure? Is he loving, is he a dictator?
I believe love is the key, a father should have love for his children, he should have compassion and understanding no matter the circumstance. A father that listens and tries to understand his child’s pain and grief. It is not easy especially when you need to discipline a child. We know and we read that when we do this it ought to be with love, when God chastises us for our sins it is with love, it is for our good – Romans 8:28
Love and selflessness builds character in a child. God has character, he puts boundaries for liberty (not freedom) liberty in our environment so that we feel comfortable within it. Not get to the point where your child is thinking I can’t wait until I leave.
This of cause does not take away from God’s direct instruction in Ephesians 6:1-3
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Obedience can produce a blessing but when they disobey there is discipline as we see in Proverbs 22:15 Show love with authority.
In Genesis 22:2 we read the line “whom thou lovest” – Here is the account of Isaac we see the love of a father for his son, We can see the love of this Godly father for his son is a miniature picture of the love between God the father and his son Jesus. This love that existed forever, one with no beginning or end. Indeed all true love has its source in God’s love. This love that suffered the most anguish because he had to sacrifice that beloved son he loved so much. Fatherhood includes sacrifice. A father should be willing to sacrifice for his children. His time, his resources, his pride and much more.
Who’s ever heard from a child the words “I want”? Well it is not about what I want but about what my father in heaven wants me to do. What is is our Father wants us to do? He wants me to accept the sacrifice made for me freely to become his child and if I am his child he wants obedience. The saying goes obedience is better than sacrifice.
The account of Abraham is from the Old Testament, but what about the New Testament? The first book Matthew 3:17, Then Mark 1:11, Next is Luke 3:22 and (The most obvious verse of all in John) John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
All these verses show the relationship between God the father and his son, more importantly the love of God the father for his son. The father, God the father is the example to us.
We also see the word father in the “Lord’s Prayer” Jesus starts this with “Our Father” OUR! Includes us all, all believers that is. Today this prayer is recited by people of all walks of life, people of the world. But if you are without Christ, if you are not a child of God then you cannot truly say Our Father and meaning it.
Who is you father? is it our father?
Maybe your father isn’t a person! You’re wondering what does that mean? Maybe your father is a situation, a worldly possession, something self seeking. Is there something in your life that has been or is still controlling your life? Are you letting that rule you instead of God? Then it is your authority, it is your father. Like the corruption in Job 17:14
As we thins on this lets read John 8:38 – 45
“I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”
Can you truly say that God the father is your father? Do you love the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul? Are you a part of Gods family? Are you (and am I) fully trusting and always following the leadership of the head of not just our household but our lifetime? Can you say with all truthfullness the words of Isaiah 64:8
“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
If you are a child of God then he gives you a promise in Matthew 6:8 and 2 Corinthians 6:17&18 if you obey him and not the world. He is the only 1 true father – Ephesians 4:6.
We see good and bad examples throughout Gods word of fathers. David was an indulging father, Job was a praising father, Jonadab was a commanding father, Enoch was a Godly father, Paul to Timothy was a spiritual father. Amongst all the fathers in the Bible, in this world or in the form of a possession that controls people. If nothing else got through to you in this message then know this, the most important is God the father!
Is he YOUR heavenly father?
I pray that RIGHT NOW you not leave this page without knowing for sure you are a child of God. And if you are his child that you commit to God RIGHT NOW to being a father to your child, your grandchild or the children of the community that reflects the heaven father.
I WANT TO BE THAT MAN