July 17, 2016
Matthew 7: 28-29
The people of Israel were amazed at the teachings of Jesus, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. In Luke 20: 1-8, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders came to Jesus and asked Him to tell them by what authority are you doing these things and who gave you this authority? Jesus asked them to tell Him and all the people, was John’s baptism from heaven or from men. They discussed the question and said among themselves if we say from heaven then He will ask, then why did you not believe him? But if we say from men, all the people will stone us because they believe John was a prophet, so they said we do not know where it was from, then Jesus said, neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
The Heavenly Father
Jesus often referred to His Father in Heaven. In teaching His disciples how to pray, he said pray in this manner, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9) He also said that He must be about my Father’s business on earth. (Luke 2:49) He also said that he speaks the words of God and The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands. (John 3:34&35) The authority of Jesus’ teaching amazed the Jews of His day. His miracles of healing and control of the forces of nature awed hearers and disciples. However, there was nothing more stunning to His audience than His constant reference to God as His Father.
Jesus said, just as the Father has sent me, so send I you.
You as a believer have The Heavenly Father as your Heavenly Father.
The Holy Father
God was revealed in the Old Testament through very reverent and awe inspiring names. He was known by El Shaddai, which means God Almighty. He was known as Elohim, which means Strong One, with majesty and authority. He was known as Adonai, which means Lord of all. The most frequent title given to him was Yahweh, which means to be, The One who was, The One who is, and The One who forevermore shall be, The Eternal One, and The Absolute One and only. So sacred was the Jewish concept of this name that the devout Jew would not pronounce it and the scribe who wrote it would immediately wash his hands.
This is why the people who heard Jesus teachings were astonished because His teachings were with authority and Holiness. The presence of Jesus revealed that the Holiness and power of God was among men.
Are you aware of the majesty, authority, and Holiness of God in your life?
Are you guilty of taking the presence of God for granted and treating Him in a casual manner?
The Helping Father
Imagine how startled the people were when Jesus the Messiah referred to God as “My Father,” attesting to the deity of Christ and His oneness with God. When sharing with the disciples, Jesus often called God, “your Father,” referring to their membership in God’s family and their intimacy with Him. God is your Heavenly Father. God is not distant, aloof, or impersonal, but longs for the depth of a Father-child relationship with you. There is no condemnation, no rejection, just unconditional love, and acceptance. You will not trust God greatly unless you love Him. You will not love Him freely until, as a son or daughter, you come to know His fatherly embrace. God wants to love you and help you wherever you are today and every day!