We have used this phrase a lot in Christian circles: “Our Father.” It’s an image that’s all over the Bible. For some folks, that might not be so helpful in picturing God. For others, maybe it’s very helpful.
Here’s a question though : Is it a good image–one to which we should give special focus in our faith?
To explore that question, we looked at the story of Cain and Abel. It’s one the most puzzling stories in Scripture for many reasons. The story takes such precipitous, tragic turn. What was going on with Cain’s view of God such that it took that turn?
Did Cain view God as some distant, disinterested parent–whose approval you have to earn, whose affections you have to fight for, whose burdensome expectations are always felt, whose pride is elusive, whose love is hidden at best? Do we imagine that God is that? Do we live like God is that kind of father.
When we look at the bigger picture, the Bible demonstrates that God is a good, good father–and mother. Most importantly, Jesus shows us the Father’s heart…and it’s really, really good. So what does that mean for us as God’s imagebearers, God’s children?
Listen to the message from Sunday, August 28, 2016, to hear more:
Image: from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel