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Father’s Day 2010

 

REFLECTION

Our Heavenly Father – created us in His own image, and shared His

1.                      Power

2.                      Authority

3.                      Creation – with us!

 

 

·       We were created in God’s image, and like Him we are a many faceted being!

Genesis 5:1 (English Standard Version)

Genesis 5

Adam’s Descendants to Noah

 1This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.

 

·    The nature of our Heavenly Father is to rule.

 

·       He has delegated His ruling authority to mankind as well!

Genesis 9:5-7 (English Standard Version)

5And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man,
   by man shall his blood be shed,
 for God made man in his own image.

 

·       Our Heavenly Father                                           

of course maintains His ultimate authority, but He has given to each of us a measure of management skills that must be developed if we are going to reflect His nature.

Psalm 8:3-9 (English Standard Version)

 3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
   and the son of man that you care for him?

 5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
   and crowned him with glory and honor.
6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
7all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field,
8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

 9O LORD, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

·       Our original mandate was to -             

reflect the glory of God and rule – therefore this trait must be somewhere in each of us!

Hebrews 2:6-9 (English Standard Version)

6It has been testified somewhere,

   "What is man, that you are mindful of him,
   or the son of man, that you care for him?
7You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
   you have crowned him with glory and honor,

 8putting everything in subjection under his feet."

   
   Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
 

·       Good management or government            

- is more than maintaining or controlling one’s resources, it is multiplying or increasing one’s resources.

Isaiah 9:6-7 (English Standard Version)

6 For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
   and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of(I) Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
   to establish it and to uphold it
 with justice and with righteousness
   from this time forth and forevermore.
 The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

 

·    The Bible calls this fruitfulness!

Romans 7:4 (English Standard Version)

 4Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
 

·       We normally refer to it as productivity.

Colossians 1:9-10 (English Standard Version)

 9And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
 

·       Our Heavenly Father is infinite in creative acts and fruitfulness.

 

·       To be like our Heavenly Father – is to exercise our abilities is such a way as to preserve and prosper.

Matthew 25:14-30 (English Standard Version)

The Parable of the Talents

 14 "For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' 21His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' 23His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

 

·       Our Heavenly Father wants to teach us Husbandry – which means more than the male role in marriage.

 

·       Husbandry is the overall care that brings productivity.

Genesis 2:19-20 (English Standard Version)

19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.
 

·       Mankind, collectively was created to “husband” life on this planet – both animal and plant.

 

·       We are to name, cultivate, and use as desired all forms of plant and animal life – with the exception of one tree.

 

·       Interestingly one of Adam and Eve’s sons was a caretaker of plants (Cain).

 

·       The other son was a shepherd (Abel).

Genesis 4:1-4 (English Standard Version)

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

 1Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD." 2And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,

 

·       Adam and Eve developed their companionship and family life around the task of sharing responsibility.

 

·       Adam was also a husband to his wife!

 

·    God – Our Heavenly Father -                                                  

gave both Adam and Eve a biological family and economic roles with definition and restrictions or boundaries.

Genesis 2 (English Standard Version)

Genesis 2

The Seventh Day, God Rests

 1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and  all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

The Creation of Man and Woman

 4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

 5When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
 10A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
 15The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
 18Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." 19 Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said,

   "This at last is bone of my bones
   and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
   because she was taken out of Man."

 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
 

·    Man was to take care of the woman, who was to help him in his task of management and productivity.

Proverbs 31:10-31 (English Standard Version)

The Woman Who Fears the LORD

 10 An excellent wife who can find?
   She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
   and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
   and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant;
   she brings her food from afar.
15She rises while it is yet night
   and provides food for her household
   and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
   with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She dresses herself with strength
   and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
   Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
   and her hands hold the spindle.
20She opens her hand to the poor
   and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
   for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes bed coverings for herself;
   her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates
   when he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them;
   she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
   and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
   and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29"Many women have done excellently,
   but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
   and let her works praise her in the gates.

 

·    Co-regency and interdependence was the order from the beginning.

 

·    Our Heavenly Father saw that loneliness was not good.

 

·       Our Heavenly Father ordained the family so that social and economic principles could be learned and employed in their world task.

Psalm 24:1-2 (English Standard Version)

Psalm 24

The King of Glory
A Psalm of David.

 1 The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
   the world and those who dwell therein,
2for he has founded it upon the seas
   and established it upon the rivers.

 

·       Adam and Eve not only functioned together in overseeing creation, but had children together and trained them to join with them in the family business of managing the earth.

Genesis 4:1-4 (English Standard Version)

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

 1Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD." 2And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.

 

·    Adam and Eve both maintained and grew the productivity of the family business.

This family was a:

1.    Spiritual Unit

2.    Relational Unit

3.    Educational Unit

4.    Economic Unit  

 

·       We should also note that Adam and Eve’s separation from God – produced the same in their sons.

 

·       This division manifested itself in both their:

 

1.    Work and their

2.    Worship

 

·       As Children of Adam, when we begin to have problems with our relationship to God, we soon begin to develop bad attitudes towards our fellow man – that will usually show up in the field or workplace.

Genesis 3 (English Standard Version)

Genesis 3

The Fall

 1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.

   
   He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" 4 But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
 8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" 10And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." 11He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" 12The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." 13Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
 14The LORD God said to the serpent,

   "Because you have done this,
   cursed are you above all livestock
   and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
   and dust you shall eat
   all the days of your life.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
   and between your offspring and her offspring;
 he shall bruise your head,
   and you shall bruise his heel."

 16To the woman he said,

   "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children.
 Your desire shall be for your husband,
   and he shall rule over you."

 17And to Adam he said,

   "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
   and have eaten of the tree
 of which I commanded you,
   'You shall not eat of it,'
 cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
   and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19By the sweat of your face
   you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
   for out of it you were taken;
 for you are dust,
   and to dust you shall return."

 20The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
 22Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—" 23therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
 

·       The first murder was:

1.    Family related

2.    Religion related

3.    Vocationally related

 

·       If the family can stay right with God, they will probably stay right with each other, and they will very likely vocationally prosper together.

Genesis 4 (English Standard Version)

Genesis 4

Cain and Abel

 1Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD." 2And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6The LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it."

 8Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?" 10And the LORD said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. 11And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth." 13Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me." 15Then the LORD said to him, "Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. 16Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. 18To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad fathered Mehujael, and Mehujael fathered Methushael, and Methushael fathered Lamech. 19And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. 22Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
 23Lamech said to his wives:

   "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
   you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
   a young man for striking me.
24 If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold,
   then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold."

 25And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, "God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him." 26To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.
 

·    The family was the first social unit where relationships and training directly effected economic development.

 

·       In the beginning – God did not distinguish between natural and spiritual obedience.

 

·       Care for the natural resources is a spiritual issue.

 

·       Productivity is also a spiritual issue.

 

·       Spiritual fellowship with God is revealed by obedience and responsibility to family and society.

 

·    CONCLUSIONS

 

·       We all have a serious stake in the successful functioning of families in general – and more specifically: - Our Family and Our Church Family!

 

·       This reflects our:

1.    Spiritual development

2.    Relational development

3.    Educational development

4.    Economic development

 

This is for our own personal and collective good!
 
We do this for Our Lord Jesus Christ!
 
Compiled By:
Pastor Rev. Stephen Coates
www.churchonthego.ca  June 14, 2010

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