GOD THE FATHER
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FOUNDATION OF FAITH - PART 3
- God the Father:
- Jesus came to give us the proper view of God.
- His message: GOD IS GOOD.
- To the rich ruler (Luke 18, Matthew 19, Mark 10): Why do you call me good? There is one who is good!
- Parables: The caller at night, the persistent widow. God will do right.
- Lessons from Fathers: (Luke 11:11-13)
- If we can be good fathers, then God is much better!
The Parable of the Good Father (Luke 15):
What do we expect from our Heavenly Father?
Jesus says look at this father and you understand something about God:
- Jesus is teaching about the love of this good God his concern for the lost.
- He tells of a shepherd looking for a lost sheep.
- He tells of a woman looking for a lost coin.
- But the best illustration of God is that of a loving father waiting for a wayward child.
- Tell the Story:
- A man had two sons, the younger insults the father demanding his inheritance.
- The son squanders his wealth so shamefully!
- He finally ends up feeding unclean animals.
- He was hungry and craved the slop. No one had compassion on this young fool!
- He decides to confess his sin, and submit himself to his father as a slave.
"The Forgiving Father"
by Frank Wesley (19232002)
- The father notices the son far off.
- He has compassion.
- He runs to his son!
- He kisses him!
- He has a banquet for his son!
- The elder brother is so disgusted with his fathers reaction.
- He never got a party!
- But that sinful wretch gets treated like a prince!
- Remember: He had sex with prostitutes! He disgraced himself! He is unclean! He has polluted his body! He wasted the money!
- The Father to the elder son:
- You are always with me, and all I have is yours!
- He is saying, I would be just as good to you. Even if you had done what he did, I would be good to you.
- But the elder son doesnt look for goodness in his father! He wants DISCIPLINE and JUSTICE!
- Looking for these, the elder son missed out on his Fathers goodness.
This view of God is a challenge!
- The son asks for his inheritance. An insult! But the father gives the son what he asks for. [God is gracious when he has every right to punish.]
- The son squanders the money and comes to his senses. He realizes how good his father was to him [God has blessed us richly.]
- The son humbly returns to his father. He finds his father waiting. [God is patient.]
- His father, disregarding the indignity, lifts the folds of his robe and runs to his son. [God has suffered shame for us.]
- He receives the boy back before formal apology can be given. [God is forgiving.]
- The father accepts the boy back graciously. [God is love.]
God is High, Holy, Awesome, Mighty, Exalted, Unique, Powerful ...
- What about Justice! What about Punishment! What about Trust!
- We cant get soft on this foolish kid!
- God is Just, Holy, Disciplining, but ...
- Discipline without love is cruel.
- Holiness without goodness is vanity.
- Justice without mercy is compassionless.
- but we are comforted by the fact that he is good!
THE GOOD FATHER:
- Because God is good:
- He doesnt play games with people.
- He doesnt cause tragedies (fire?)
- He doesnt torture and punish vengefully (angered)
- He can work in tragedies to bring about good. (Romans 8:28)
- Because God is good:
- You can go out this week knowing that God is on your side!
- God is good. He is for us. Are we for him?
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
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