Why Fatherhood Is So Special

John J. Blanchard

June 16, 2012

Good morning, brethren.  Once again good morning from this beautiful Upper Peninsula day.  Everything is fabulous here for the Sabbath.  The sun is shining.  The temperature should hit 90 degrees, believe it or not right up here in the U.P.!

Tomorrow is Father’s Day.  It is one day that is annually set aside to honor fathers.  Millions of cards are going to be sent all over North America, and perhaps other nations around the world observe Father’s Day at this time.  I don’t know.  Millions of Father’s Day cards will get mailed.  A lot of gifts will be sent back and forth.  There will be a lot of well wishes over the telephone and perhaps the Internet, Skype and all the modern ways of communicating as well.

It is one day that is set aside annually to honor fatherhood and fathers.  Many words will be written and said this weekend about fatherhood and Father’s Day, extolling the virtues of what it is to be a dad.  There will be newspaper columns, magazine articles, and television features about the subject.  Many poignant thoughts and reflections will be expressed about fatherhood.  Some will be memories of dad long gone by.  Others will be the sacrifices perhaps of a dad who had to work two or three jobs to support his family.  It will also be discussed in these articles the importance that fathers are to families, to society, and to solid nations.  Indeed, fathers are recognized as important role models for children, and they provide family stability.  The success of the next generation often depends upon fathers.

Some will also lament the breakdown of fatherhood.  There will be articles about how fathers are no longer relevant, and that modern times have dispensed with the need for fathers.  There will be jokes about fathers and sitcoms portraying dads as rather dumb and stupid.  There will be anecdotes about how anachronistic the whole family setting is with the father at the center.

Yet there are significant numbers of poor fathers out there, and we understand that.  But for every poor father there are many, many decent men trying very hard to do their level best to support their families, take care of their spouses, and make sure the next generation has a better place than what they were born into themselves.

FATHERHOOD IS DIVINELY ORDAINED

I am not going to talk so much about the central role of fathers today.  I am not going to use a lot of statistics about fatherhood, and I am not going to refer to a lot of scientific or sociological studies about the importance of fathers.  Indeed the purpose of this sermon is far different than that.  The purpose of today’s sermon is what is the basic fundamental reason that fatherhood is so special?  What is the basic fundamental reason that fatherhood is so very special?  It comes down to this:  Fatherhood is a divinely ordained institution.

I want to read a few Scriptures about that.  If you would, please turn to John chapter 16.  Christ is speaking about revealing God the Father to the people.  John 16, verse 24:  “Until now you have asked nothing in My name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.  In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.  I came forth from the Father and have come into the world.  Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”  This is speaking of His soon-coming death.

Jesus Christ said, I came to reveal the Father.  That was part of His job.  He wanted to reveal the plans of God the Father and Jesus Christ Himself, because originally God the Father and Jesus Christ were working together to provide for mankind.

Let’s go turn to John chapter 9.  Just go back a few pages.  John chapter 9, beginning in verse 1:  “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’  Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.  I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.’”  This is speaking of His death.

Jesus Christ said, I have come to do the work of Him who sent Me.  There is work to be done by God the Father and Jesus Christ.  They want to implement certain plans that the two of them set in motion thousands of years before this incident right here.

Turn now, if you would, back to John chapter 5.  There is one more Scripture here in the gospel of John.  In John chapter 5, verse 17 Jesus Christ is speaking to those who were persecuting Him and of those who were persecuting Him:  “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’”

Until that point of Jesus Christ’s physical life on earth, the Father had been working, and Jesus Christ was working right along with Him.  They were doing some amazing things together.  I want to start back at the beginning now.  Go to Genesis chapter 1.  We will see how God started an amazing process about 6000 years ago dealing with Adamic man.

HUMANS IN GOD’S IMAGE

Genesis chapter 1, verse 26:  “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

We see this concept of God creating mankind in His image and likeness.

Drop down to Genesis chapter 2, and we will be reading verse 7:  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Out of the dirt that the earth is formed of, God created man.  He created him in His image and likeness.

Back in chapter 1 when it said God said, let Us make man in Our image, that word “God” is a uniplural noun called elohiym.  It is #430 (Strong’s, 1995), and it is a plural of #433 eloahh (Strong’s, 1995).  Eloahh means the deity, God singular, and Elohiym is Gods plural because God the Father and Jesus Christ were working together at that time.  Elohiym was two.  Eloahh number one became God the Father eventually, and Eloahh number two was Jesus Christ the Word.  Therefore these two Gods were working together to create man.

Eventually Elohiym became Father and Son.  In Genesis they were not yet Father and Son.  We need to turn back to John 1 to see who was working with the eventual Father in Genesis chapter 1.  Go to John chapter 1, and we will be reading verses 1-5.

John chapter 1, verse 1:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.”

We see there were two distinct personages here:  Elohiym.

Verse 3:  “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

The One who did the creating and actually took the dirt and formed it into Adam was Jesus Christ, the Word.

Continuing in verse 4 of John 1:  “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.   And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

It is God indeed who helps us comprehend what He is doing here on the earth.

We had one Eloahh working with another one, and that was at creation week in Genesis.  We should refer to that possibly in better terms as the refurbishing of the earth.

THE MAIN PLANNER

The Word was Christ and the Creator, but it appears that God who became the Father was the decider.  He was the main planner, and Christ was the initiator, the actual Creator.  I want to read a few examples.  I do not want to make a long digression out of this, but I want to read a few Scriptures to back up what I just said.

Let’s go to Matthew chapter 26, verse 39 where Jesus Christ is speaking here in the Garden of Gethsemane:  “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’”

He realized He was about to be crucified.  He said, if We can get around this in some way and avoid this, Let’s do so.  But He said, not My will but Your will.  Christ was recognizing that the Father’s will superseded His own.

Let’s go to Acts chapter 1 for another reference that points that out very clearly.  This is Jesus Christ speaking to His disciples after His resurrection.  Acts chapter 1, verse 6:  “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’  And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.’”

Here Jesus Christ once again is saying God the Father has the authority over the times and seasons.  I do not.  Therefore we can see that the Father’s will supersedes Jesus Christ.  In Matthew chapter 6 in the model prayer Christ emphasizes that right at the outset.

Matthew chapter 6, beginning in verse 8 is where Christ begins to explain the model prayer.  “Therefore do not be like them.  For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.  In this manner, therefore, pray:  our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Right at the outset of this prayer Christ says, I want you to notice that it is the Father’s will in heaven that is done.  Therefore He was recognizing that Jesus Christ Himself was subservient in many ways to God the Father, although They were equally important to the Godhead, the Elohiym, the God family.  But He acknowledged that God the Father had the supremacy of will over the two of Them.

Turn to Matthew chapter 7 for the final Scripture to back this up.  Matthew chapter 7, verse 21:  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.’”

Here again Christ said, just as I do My Father’s will, if you love Me and you want to attain the kingdom of heaven, you must do the Father’s will.  It is very clear in Scripture that Jesus Christ was saying I am subservient to God the Father.  God the Father’s will supersedes My own.

CHRIST DID NOT ALWAYS HAVE A FATHER

Now I want to go back to the point that Christ did not always have a Father.  It is also very easy to prove.  Let’s go to Hebrews chapter 6.  Here we have part of the explanation.  We are not going to read all of the Scriptures about Melchizedek.

Hebrews 6, verse 13.  “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself [remember there was Elohiym, God the Father who would become God the Father, and Jesus Christ, the Word], saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.  For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.”

There is no one greater than Christ or God the Father to swear on than Themselves, Their own name.

Verse 17:  “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

God, Elohiym, said we are going to confirm this promise with you, this covenant, Abraham on Our own names which are two immutable things that cannot change.  That is God who became God the Father and Jesus Christ.  The two Eloahh are the two immutable things.  They said We will confirm this covenant with you, Abraham, on our names.  They are names that never change.  We are always here, and We always will exist.

Jesus Christ was going to become this High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Dropping down to Hebrews chapter 7, verse 1:  “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated ‘king of righteousness,’ and then also king of Salem, meaning ‘king of peace,’ without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.”

Obviously to have no beginning and no end, you must be God, so you have God the Father and Jesus Christ who always have existed.  And you have Jesus Christ, the Word becoming the head of the order of Melchizedek, the High Priest.

These two immutable Beings—unchangeable Beings—made a promise to Abraham.  That promise was that eventually all the nation would be blessed through him.

Let’s go to Philippians chapter 2, verse 5:  “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

We see that this one Eloahh, the One Jesus Christ, the Creator, determined that it would be okay with Him to go along with this plan of Him becoming a man.  He would humble Himself and become a human being for a short time on this earth.  That would eventually lead to Him replacing the priesthood that would have been the order of Aaron with this new order of Melchizedek.

CHRIST LEFT HIS FATHER

Christ emptied Himself and became a man, creating and initiating the whole plan of God to be able to do something awesome and amazing.  It has to do with fatherhood.

I would like to go back to Luke chapter 1, starting in verse 26:  “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.  Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God, and behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’  Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’  And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’”

Here you have a woman, a physical human being, being told that she would give birth to One who was the Son of God because the Holy Spirit would overshadow her.  This would allow Jesus Christ to empty Himself of divinity and become a human being.  Then there would be the one Eloahh being a Son and the other Eloahh becoming a Father.  Therefore, Christ left His heavenly abode and He left His Father to become a man.  It is an incredible situation, and it leads to some amazing things.

Let’s go back to Genesis chapter 2 and pick up the connection of a man leaving his father.  We often use these Scriptures to prove that marriage is a divine institution.  As a matter of fact, we have done a sermon entitled that:  “The Divine Institution of Marriage.”

Genesis chapter 2, verse 18:  “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’  Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them.  And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.  But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  And Adam said:  ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

That is exactly what Jesus Christ had to do.  He had to leave the other Eloahh and become a  human being.  We know that the Church eventually is to become His bride.  In the meantime, He is working with this woman, the Church, to do the work of God the Father, to do His will. Hence, this is why He told His disciples, if you love Me, you will do the will of My Father.  It is a wonderful concept.  It is something that can only come from the mind of God, let alone get it done.  He can come up with the plan, and He can initiate it.  No physical people could possibly do that.

Now let’s look at this mystery in a little bit more depth in Ephesians chapter 5.  It is speaking of marriage here.  We will start in Ephesians 5, verse 22:  “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word…”

Now you get the picture of how Christ would treat us.  We want to be treated gently with lots of forgiveness, lots of mercy, and lots of kindness.  We want to be supported by Christ.  That is how He wants husbands to treat their wives, and He wants the wives to love their husbands and respect them.

Continuing on in Ephesians 5, verse 27:  “…that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.  So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.   For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.  For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”

This is the same concept that Adam was talking about.

Then He says in verse 31:  “‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

This is a great mystery, and it started back in Genesis with God initiating this marvelous plan to have a family.  He is essentially making the family of man, the physical family of people made of dirt, to make it possible to become part of a God family.  That is what happens when a man and a woman come together and form a household.  Man truly is being made into the image and likeness of God.  It is taking a long time, but it is happening.

BECOMING THE FAMILY OF GOD

Hebrews chapter 2 explains this more thoroughly as well.  We can add this to the list of Scriptures.  It is a long list.  We cannot possibly go through every Scripture that would show that we are becoming part of the family of God, but it is very easy to prove.

Turn to Hebrews chapter 2, verse 10:  “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying:  ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.’  And again: ‘I will put My trust in Him.’ And again:  ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’”

This is quoting Isaiah 8:18.

You have the idea that Jesus Christ became a man, emptied Himself of His divinity, becoming a brother of the human race.  It is like if we had a physical brother who was part of the family of man, but He also is going to have children who become sons of God, as we just saw here.  They will be made in the image and likeness of God in every way eventually, after a resurrection.

Turn to Romans chapter 8.  We are just going to read a few Scriptures along these lines to solidify this point.  Romans chapter 8, verse 12:  “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

We see the concept once again of us being brethren with Jesus Christ but also children of God.  It says here, sons of God.

Dropping down to verse 27 of Romans 8 we read:  “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

We see the process by which we get converted and eventually it leads to eternal life, but we are called sons of God, made in His image, it says in verse 29.  It is exactly like God said in Genesis chapter 1.  Let Us make man in Our image.  It has taken 2000 years from Christ’s first coming to get to the point where we are getting close to a resurrection of the firstfruits.  Eventually all mankind will have an opportunity to become part of the family of God, sons of Ab as we will see.

If you would, turn to Galatians chapter 4.  Galatians 4, verse 1:  “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

A FAMILY TREE

The spirit in us cries out, “Abba, Father.”  Abba meaning “father” in the Greek and Ab in the Hebrew meaning “father.”  We have this wonderful concept of God becoming our Father.  It took this whole process of one of the Eloahh becoming a man, being born of a woman, and then dying for our sins, so that we could be reconciled to the Father.  It is a beautiful process, and it creates what is known as a family tree.

We all have seen pictures of a tree with all the descendants.   It might have great grandma and great grandpa on the tree as the trunk and all the branches coming off.  That is what God the Father was doing with Jesus Christ.  Through the Church, they could have all these branches, all these family members that would eventually become sons of God.  It is a beautiful concept.  This tree of life that was Jesus Christ makes it all possible, but He had to become a man first.

If you went and looked up Ab or Father in the Hebrew, you would find it is the very first reference in the Strong’s Concordance.  It is number one, meaning Father.  Abraham is #85 (Strong’s, 1995), meaning the father of a multitude.  God took this man Abraham, and He made him the father of the faithful to show physically what He is doing spiritually.  He kept that lineage right through to Jesus Christ and on down, so that we could see physically how one father begets children and they become part of the family tree.  Jesus Christ who was the Melchizedek that Abraham worshipped and honored is the actual initiator of a spiritual family of man.  We can look at Abraham and his descendants and realize how God is doing this.

If you would, turn to Galatians chapter 3.  Galatians 3, verse 5:  “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’  Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’  So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”

We could do a whole sermon just on Abraham being the Father of the Faithful.  I think most people understand that is the case.  You can go read Hebrews 11.  He is part of the faith chapter there.  We see that God is doing a remarkable thing through Abraham and making this covenant with the immortal Melchizedek to form a new priesthood, a new set of children who are spiritual, increasing the family of God from two Eloahh, one Elohiym, to have a large family.  It is the family of man becoming in the image and likeness of God.

Drop down to verse 26 of Galatians 3:  “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

It is a mystery!  It is awesome how God is taking a family tree that is physical and creating a family tree that is spiritual!  Someday billions and billions and probably trillions of people will become part of the God family.  It is an awesome concept.  Like I said, only the mind of God could come up with such a thing and actually implement it, which They did.  It required one of the Eloahh to become a physical human being.  That physical human being was the tree of life.

Let’s go back to Genesis chapter 2.  This is right after He created Adam from the dust of the ground.  We are all familiar with the story.  God put Adam into the Garden of Eden.

THE TREE OF LIFE

We are reading Genesis chapter 2, beginning in verse 8:  “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.  And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden…”

You have this tree of life which is Jesus Christ.  He is the root, the trunk, and the main branch that everything else is joined to.

Let’s go to Luke chapter 23.  As Jesus Christ is getting led away to be crucified, an interesting exchange takes place here.  Luke 23, starting in verse 26:  “Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.  And a great multitude of the people followed Him and women who also mourned and lamented Him.  But Jesus, turning to them, said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, “Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore and breasts which never nursed!”  Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”  For if they do these things in the green wood [the King James Version rendered this better as “the green tree”], what will be done in the dry?’”

Christ says, if they are going to do this to the tree of life and hang Me on a dry tree—the cross—what do you think they are going to do with those of you who are not so green, not so sappy, and who are just a branch?  He says you should be concerned about those things.

Christ refers to Himself here as the green tree, the tree of life that was in the Garden of Eden. Of course, we get this concept of the family tree.  It is very fascinating that by Christ’s death this tree could have branches.  We can be cleaned up, justified, and eventually glorified, as we read.  It is Christ’s death that makes all of that possible.

The root and the trunk became a tree, and we have the opportunity to become leaves on those branches.  It is awesome!  The tree of life is, of course, eternal, and we are being given a chance at eternal life.

If you were to look up the Strong’s references to father, you see that it is Ab as I mentioned.  That is number one.  Number two is a word that is spelled the same way, Ab, meaning father as well.  But number three in the Strong’s is eb, which means green plant.  Number four is eb meaning fruit.  We have a tree that is a green plant bearing fruit just like God told Adam and Eve to go and bear fruit and multiply.  He wants many physical children on the earth, so that His spiritual family of God can ultimately be large.  It has to start with the physical first.

If you were to look up all of the definitions associated with that family such as:  son, children, branch, bow, build, building, you would see they are often coming from two or three Hebrew words.  We have #1121, which is ben (Strong’s, 1995), that means a son, a builder of the family name.  And we have #1129 which is banah (Strong’s, 1995), that is a related word which means to build, to obtain children.  And we have bayith (#1004, Strong’s, 1995) which comes from #1129 (Strong’s, 1995), which means a house or a household.

God is building a family, a household, that will have ultimately an innumerable number of people in this family.  He is building a family through sons, through children, and that is the whole plan of God.  The plan is to take these two Beings, these two Eloahh, that make a huge family, and He has to start physically.  They are not going to just come together.  They can’t.  There had to be a man and a woman which is the concept of Jesus Christ and a bride—a Church—in order to have children.  Therefore God is the Designer of family.

GOD’S ETERNAL DEFINITION OF FATHERHOOD

God is the One who instituted the concept of fatherhood.  There is no new finagled definition or lifestyle that can alter what God has created and ordained.  We cannot as human beings change a divine institution such as family and fatherhood.  We can act like we do.  We can make all kinds of titles and names and all kinds of definitions of what a family is, but only God’s definition will maintain eternal significance.  All others are imposters and will fall away.

The closer we adhere to God’s designated nuclear family, the greater our blessings, as found in  solid families, strong healthy societies, and well-adjusted children.  As Christ said, it is not about our will.  It is about the Father’s will.  The Father wants to be a father, and He has come up with this beautiful plan to do so.

Once a year we as physical people have Father’s Day to honor fathers, often not realizing how significant the concept of fatherhood actually is.  God’s ways are truly immutable.  They will never change.  That is why fatherhood is so special.