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Doubtless Thou Art Our Father
There is a custom acceptable in the Hebrew language that states that whoever is the possessor of a thing is called the father of it. Through the act of Creation, God automatically became the possessor or Father of all Creation. But is He really?
Thank God, through the act of redemption, we can now call Him - "Abba, Father" - which means that He totally and unreservedly possesses and owns us, and we, in turn, owe Him our total allegiance.
The following Scriptures attest that God is indeed our Father -
Isaiah 63:16 says - "Doubtless Thou art our father..."
Isaiah 64:8 says - "But now, O LORD, Thou art our father..."
Isaiah 9:6 says - "...The everlasting Father..."
Malachi 2:10 says - "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?..."
"Doubtless" - In other words, verily, surely, and with utmost confidence, He is our Father.
In response, Isaiah 63:19 gives our answer to Him - "We are Thine: Thou...barest rule...they were...called by Thy name."
Three characteristics that should follow all those who claim God as their Father is that they recognize that they are His property to do with as He pleases...He bears rule over them...and as do all Fathers to their children, He gives them His name.
Isaiah 64:8 describes this same relationship with Him as such - "...we are the clay, and Thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand." We are wholly in His hand and are at His disposal.
Of course, this isn't true for anyone who is walking in disobedience or rebellion toward Him. He doesn't own them...bear rule over them...nor can they claim His name for their own. They are considered to be His adversaries or enemies.
Isaiah 9:6 tells us - God is "the everlasting Father." He is the Father of eternity - the Eternal Father. He created us; we are His offspring. By the very act of creation, He gave all of us our being(Malachi 2:10). Deuteronomy 32:18 says it this way - "Of the Rock that begat thee..."
How did mankind react to such a wonderful Father? How did His own children respond to His great acts of goodness?
Believe it or not, Deuteronomy 32:18 describes the people of God as being "unmindful" of Him and forgetting Him that "formed" them.
Isaiah 64:7 paints the picture of a people who didn't call upon His name nor did they stir themselves up to "take hold" of Him.
What could be more wicked than for His own children to forget Him Who gave them their own being?
It was He Who gave them the very life by which they lived and moved.
Yet they displayed such base ingratitude for all that He did for them by forgetting Him and becoming "unmindful" of Him
We see this constant controversy between God and His people reflected in several questions asked through the Bible -
"Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not He thy father that hath bought thee? Hath He not made thee, and established thee?"(Deuteronomy 32:6). A people who are ungrateful to the Lord are considered to be a "perverse and crooked generation" (Deuteronomy 32:5). Moses inquires of the people - Is this the way you repay God for all that He has done for you - made, fed, carried, bought, and designed great things for you? For all of His favours, is this how you show your gratitude by deserting and rebelling against Him?
"Wilt thou not from this time cry unto Me, My father, Thou art the guide of my youth?"(Jeremiah 3:4) The people forsook Him as their Creator and Preserver. They went after other gods. Jeremiah 3:1 attests - "...thou hast played the harlot with many lovers..." Jeremiah 3:2 says - "...thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness." Jeremiah 3:3 says - "Therefore, the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no later rain..." Jeremiah 3:5 adds - "...thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest." Their greatest need was to come to God in repentance - acknowledging Him once again as their "Father" and the "guide" or controller of their lives.
"But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations?" (Jeremiah 3:19). Fathers desire to bless their children with the absolute Best for their lives. But how can God - as a Father - give His children His Best when they have become "polluted" with idols(Jeremiah 3:1-2)?
Jeremiah 3:19 relates His response to His people - "...and I said, Thou shalt call Me, My father; and shalt not turn away from Me."
Only when they return to Him in repentance, turn from all idolatry, and acknowledge Him as the "Father" or Possessor of their lives and souls can He pour out His blessings upon them.
"A son honoreth his father...if I then be a father, where is Mine honor?..."(Malachi 1:6). Every Father is deserving of honor from his children. Sadly, God was asking His own - "...where is Mine honor? By their disobedient deeds, they were denying Him the honor due His name.
How have you responded to this "Everlasting Father" ?
Does He own you today?
Are you expressing your gratitude toward Him by allowing Him to be your "guide" and giving Him the honor due His name?
Today, ask yourself this question - Does your life deny what you in words are professing?
Are you professing God as your Father - yet your works deny this claim?
Does He indeed possess you and everything pertaining to you?
Then and only then are you able to call Him your Father.
May God Bless His Word.