Psalm 100: 1-2 : Juig tot eer van die Here, almal op aarde! Dien die Here met blydskap! Kom voor Hom met gejubel!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Father-child relationship

Very few human relationships can as aptly be used to show how God relates to us, and how we should relate to Him, as a father/child relationship does.

God as Father is not a New Testament concept. Take for instance in Psalm 10:14 , where God is called the Father of the fatherless.

The most well-known place where Jesus addressed God as Father, is in the Lord’s Prayer (Mat 6:9), where He also teaches us to call Him so. In Mark 14:36 He uses a term of endearment, "Abba"", like the word “Daddy” in addressing God. This echoes in Rom 8:15 where Paul says we cry “Abba” Father when we call on the Holy Spirit.

1 comment:

  1. My father (and in this case , God as my Heavenly Father) deserves my total respect and obedience even in matters I find unpleasant or do not understand. I can take his counsel with trust.

    The word "abba" richly expresses our relationship with God. We are dependent upon him like little children. A young child will run to his daddy, enjoying his security and embrace. As Daddy, I can run to him at all time with my fears and worries.