Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6 NKJV).
THE REVELATION OF THE FATHERS LOVE
One of the essences of the Gospel is rooted in knowing the Father and His love personally for each individual.
We first see His love revealed in the Garden captured in the Father’s relationship with Adam and Eve. Principles were established in that Garden which never changed. Understand that our Father in Heaven does not vacillate in anything:
“For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers, You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return’ (Malachi 3:6 NKJV). The apostle James writes saying, “In Him, there is neither variation nor shadow of turning” (James 1:17 NKJV).
Principles such as knowing the man was created in the image of God. That God is a giver of gifts or grace which is His favor. That God gave responsibilities. That God set boundaries. And most importantly, “TRUST” Father God only has our best in mind.
Principles are seen in the Father’s dealings with Israel:
Promises were made to the fathers. Supernatural deliverance from Israel’s enemies. God’s Law established in the covenant relationship. The result of disobedience. The promises of a new creation under the Messiah’s kingdom reign.
Principles revealed in the ministry of Jesus, and the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit given to every believer. Today we will focus on God’s Love.
Five principles of God’s Love seen in the garden:
- Love in relationship
- Time spent together (implied in Gen. 3:8)
- Adam’s need for human companionship (Gen. 2:18)
- Multiply and fill the earth with humankind (4-rivers)
- One could say that this was the beginning of “A Divine Romance”
- Love in protection (Gen. 2:16-17)
- Every fruit-bearing tree is yours to enjoy, but one – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is off limits
- God wanted Adam and Eve to know, but given by God, in God’s timing
- The beginning of the “TRUST” ISSUE”
- Love in His act of discipline and punish
- Part of love is the necessity of discipline (teaching or learning)
- Part of learning is, (CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE)
- Love through redemption and forgiveness (Gen. 3:15; Jn. 3:16)
- The law of sacrifice pointing to the suffering of Christ
- The innocent dying for the guilty (God’s love means to His demand for justice)
- The law of regeneration
- Love in restoration through “a new creation” What could not be done in the flesh, God would do by His Holy Spirit through the means of the cross and death of His only Begotten Son (Titus 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:17)
John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers as foretold by (Mal 4:5-6).
Jesus came to reveal the Father: John 14:5-18
We receive salvation through the Father’s love expressed in giving His Only-begotten Son as the acceptable sacrifice for sin, with the end purpose is having a son and daughter relationship with the heavenly Father.
Israel knew fathers but never had a direct relationship with the heavenly Father. The contrast between Moses and the people of Israel was that Israel knew God through structure but they chose not to talk with God (EX 19:19) Moses had an open invitation into the Father’s presence. Through Christ, we also have open access to the Father (Hebrews 4:14-16).
At the advent of Messiah who is the son of David and the Son of God, Israel was stuck in pride over their relationship to Abraham as being their father, Matthew 3:8-10; John 8:33
Jesus came with the intent of introducing Israel to His heavenly Father. Numerous scriptures refer to God as “The Father.” (see Lk 2:43, 49-50; Jn. 5:16-47). Israel knew that God was the “Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Now they would come to know Him as “their” Father through a relationship with Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. He only spoke what He heard the Father saying. The bulk of Israel’s leaders and people rejected Christ Jesus thus rejecting a relationship with the Father.
We only have time to deal with one area of what a father teaches.
A father teaches trust. Fathers play an important role in teaching us to trust. Through learning to trust our mother, we learn to trust the softness of the feminine. By learning to trust our father, we learn to trust godly masculinity and strength. So few people trust and respect those that are in authority because they did not have good, godly role models who were there to protect, to provide, and to be a positive example of doing what is right.
God created us with the need for the masculine love and strength of a father. Love of acceptance and the love to say no and to establish boundaries. Children will keep pushing until they finally find someone in authority who will consistently tell them the right thing to do, make them do it, and discipline them if needed (A story of Ray Harden).
The lessons of trust are seen in:
Father God in the garden with Adam and Eve
Jesus in His relationship with His disciples
Paul in his relationships with men like Timothy and Titus
Today, many find Christ as savior, but never come to know the Father because of a poor or no relationship with an earthly father and the church’s failure to establish modeling of “fathering” with spiritual fathers.
On this Father’s Day, our heavenly Father invites you to receive His open arms of love. Just like the father of the prodigal, Father God wants you to party with Him. He wants you to know joy unspeakable and full of glory.
If we had time today, we would learn of Son-ship and Generational Transfer to secure family, community, and the discipling of nations for the Glory of God!