Our Father In Heaven

“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. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

It’s interesting to compare the two genealogies of Jesus presented in the Gospels.  Matthew traces Christ’s ancestors back to Abraham emphasizing his connection to both Abraham and David. Luke takes the record of Jesus’ heritage even further back, tracing it all the way to Adam. 

The literary way Matthew and Luke connect the generations together is also interesting. Matthew traces the lineage forward and connects father to son by the word “begot” while Luke traces the lineage backward and connects son to father with the phrase “the son of.”  At first Luke’s reason for his unique choice of working backward isn’t apparent and then you get to Adam where he ends the genealogy with the words, “the son of God.”

Everyone else was the son of some finite, mortal sinner but Adam was the “son of God”

I remember being a little envious of Adam’s privilege of being able to be called the “son of God,” but that envy went away when I recalled the opening words of the Lord’s prayer, “Our Father who art in heaven…” 

God is father to everyone of us if we’ll accept him as our father. Even if we deny God his parental connection this doesn’t change the reality that he is our creator and that in Jesus he’s done everything necessary to win us back as his children. He is our father and we are his sons and daughters. 

There were many people in the Old Testament given the title of the “son of God”:  Adam, Isaac, Jacob, the entire nation of the children of Israel, and David. All of these failed to fulfill the covenant calling inherent within in the title “son of God.”  It wasn’t until God our creator was incarnate as a man that the promise made to our fallen forefathers could be fulfilled. Finally a descendant of Eve was able to hold to faith and be victorious over the assaults of the devil. Jesus by taking humanity and receiving the title “Son of God” has made a way for all of us to become “sons of God.”  In him we are victorious. In him we are restored. In Jesus God is once again of Heavenly Father. 

Earthly fathers disappoint and fail us but our Heavenly Father will never fail; he is forever faithful. Because we now have an eternally faithful father we have everything we need to become faithful like he is if we’ll rely wholly on him. 

What a glorious blessing. What a miraculous providence we have to be able to once again look to heaven and know that we have a Father there. 

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