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Something of God in a Father

Austin L. Sorensen said, 'A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father." Being a good father is still one of life's most difficult yet most important jobs, and it Is one which God uniquely calls and qualifies men to do. Happy Father's Day to all our fathers and grandfathers! In the following article, entitled simply FATHER, my friend and fellowpreacher Rodger Lane, Sr.  of Hannibal, Missouri, reminds us there is something of a father in God and also something of God in a good father:

The word for father in the Old Testament (Hebrew) is aft. It is found in many languages similar to the Hebrew. In the original language of the New Testament (Koine Greek) it is pronounced pater from the root pa,  meaning "nourisher," "protector," and "upholder." The beautiful picture of the ideal father may be painted from the Old Testament with the added brush-strokes of texture and new color from the New Testament:

He loves: *Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age" (Genesis 37.3).

He commands: Israel commanded Joseph to forgive his brothers of their great sin against him and to care for them and their families (Genesis 50:15-21).

He instructs: Israel forgot God: "I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms; but they did not know that I healed them' (Hosea 11:3) And you, f others, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). . . ."My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the low of your mother" (Proverbs 1:8; 6:20).

He guides. encourages and warns: Paul says to the Thessalonians, " .... as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you-, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God" (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12a).

He rebukes:  Then Jacob said to Simeon  and Levi, 'You have troubled me by making me odious (someone to be loathed) among the inhabitants of the land (Genesis 34:30).

He disciplines: "For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights" (Proverbs 3:12).

He delights: "A wise son makes a glad father, But a f oolish son is the grief of his mother" (Proverbs 10:1; 3:12b).

He is grieved by folly: "A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him' (Proverbs 17:25).

He provides:  "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks f or bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks f or a f ish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gif ts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!' (Matthew 7:9-11)

We fathers need a lot of help from our heavenly Father to follow His steps! *As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:13

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ