Like a Good Father
In the Old Testament, about two dozen references describe God acting as a Father. Rarely is He called our Father, but His actions are described as fatherly. In the New Testament, He is distinctly named as God the Father. It appears the full revelation of God as a Father waited for the appearance of God the Son on the Earth. As we watch how God treats Jesus as His Son, we discover the reality of his Fatherhood. The Father heart of God was something that we had to wait for. With the appearance of Christ the Son on this earth, we also had the revelation of God the Father.
In Psalm 103:13, we are told, “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so Yahweh has compassion on those who deeply respect him.” Verse 13 again amplifies the description of Yahweh in verse eight. Verse eight told us that God was compassionate. Verse 13 tells us that God is Fatherly in his compassion.Again, we must emphasize that verse eight told us what are the leading characteristics of our God: compassionate, gracious, patient, and full of loving loyalty. The verses following tell us what that means in very practical terms. God is a good dad. As a Good Dad, He fully accepts the responsibility for raising His children, and His tools are grace and kindness.
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