Scriptures and Thoughts on the Word: Fathers

Why is God called our Father as opposed to our Mother or simply our Creator?

As honor, blessing, admonition, and spiritual responsibility, including that of discipline, is typically passed through the generations from father to firstborn son in ancient times, God as the original Father is therefore the origin of all spiritual guidance, honor, blessing, discipline, strength, etc.

(Luke 3:38) “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”

(Colossians 1:18) “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”

(Matthew 7:9-11) “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

(Deuteronomy 8:5) “Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.

(Proverbs 3:11-12) My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

God is our Father, but He is also described as having some of the qualities of a mother.

(Isaiah 49:15) “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

(Isaiah 66:13) “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”

What is the Biblical responsibility of a father?

(Joshua 24:14-15) “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

(Acts 16:33) “And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.”

 (1 Samuel 3:12-13) “In that day I will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.”

(1 Timothy 3:4-5) He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),

(Psalm 78:2-8) I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

(Deuteronomy 6:6-7) “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

(Proverbs 22:6) Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

(Proverbs 1:8) Hear, my son, your father’s instruction And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;

What picture does the Bible paint of ideal fatherhood?

(Psalm 103:12) “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”

(Deuteronomy 1:31) “and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’

(Job 1:4-5) His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

(Psalm 127:3-5) Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

(Psalm 128:3-4) Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table. Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD.

See also the following verses about discipline.

How should a father carry our discipline of his children?

(Ephesians 6:4) “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

(Colossians 3:12) “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”

 (Proverbs 13:24) “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”

(Proverbs 22:15) Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

(Proverbs 23:13) Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

(Proverbs 29:15) The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

(Proverbs 13:1) A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

(Proverbs 15:5) A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.

(Hebrews 12:4-11) You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

(Deuteronomy 21:18-21) “If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown. “They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.

 What help does the Bible give to those who do or did not have a godly father figure?

 (Psalm 68:5) A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

(Psalm 146:9) The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

God also disciplines us, Hebrews 12, etc.

Solomon addresses his readers as his sons in Proverbs.

 To what extent does the authority of a father extend into the adulthood of his children?

(Proverbs 13:1) A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

(Proverbs 15:5) A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.

(1 Samuel 3:12-13) “In that day I will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.”

(Genesis 2:24) For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

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