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Day Of The Dad

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19 JUNE 2016

‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.’

Ephesians 6:4 ESV

Today is Father’s Day. Maybe you’ve not seen what fatherhood looks like.

Maybe you’ve got a pretty good example in your own dad.

Maybe you’ve never made the connection between dads on earth

and your Dad in heaven before. There are many verses in the

Bible that give you an idea of what dads should look like.

A good one to start with is today’s verse, Ephesians 6:4.

It shows you that fathers are meant to act a certain way. Not to snap,

or act harshly towards their kids. No, the way fathers are to act is

patiently, and nurturingly. The idea that fathers are to ‘nurture’

might sound a bit feminine by today’s standards. But it’s how the

Bible describes fatherhood. It’s a deliberate choice of words: not

‘dominate’, or ‘control’, but ‘nurture’. And all correction,

all discipline, should only come about against a backdrop of

warm and always-present care. There’s a design in fatherhood

that reflects your Heavenly Father. This isn’t an accident.

So your experience of earthly dads, those who reflect this verse,

points you to what God Himself looks like. And if you’ve only

had spiritual dads on earth – this applies to them too. Check out

2 Kings 2:12 for Elisha’s final words to his spiritual dad, Elijah.

One of the beautiful things about that verse is that it’s impossible

to say who Elisha is talking about when he says ‘father’ – is it Elijah,

or God? Maybe it doesn’t matter. In that moment, what you see

is how even spiritual dads can point you to God.

What Now?

That’s a huge privilege and weight for dads to carry, so today – give them a nod to say thanks.

 
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IT. IS. WORTH IT.

‘If I can just touch [Him], I will be healed.’ Mark 5:25
Mark’s gospel records the story of a Jewish woman who, for twelve solid years, had been suffering from what could be referred to as ‘lady problems’. Gross? Well, for this lady, it had much more of an impact on her life than just being gross. Try ‘absolutely wrecked’. She was totally broke, having spent all her money on (useless) medical bills. Her husband couldn’t go near her. Babies were totally off the cards. Everything she touched was considered ‘spiritually unclean’. The law meant that she couldn’t even go to worship God in the Temple. She was completely worn-out, and not even allowed to go to God’s house to be refreshed. At the end of her tether, she took the matter into her own hands. She went out into a crowd that was disgusted by (and probably afraid of) her, and she grabbed hold of God’s coat-tails. And it worked. Her earnest faith did something amazing – it drew power from Jesus to her, and she was healed. She was freed from all of the laws that made her life difficult. She could enter God’s temple, stand tall in her community again, not look in the mirror and see ‘unclean’. And all of this, because she just grabbed Jesus’ coat as he passed. What could you do, if He was stood in front of you now?… WHAT NOW? Set aside 20 mins today. First ask God to meet you. Second, read Mark 5:21- 34 a few times until you know it well. Close your eyes. Imagine you’re in the story. Who are you? What is Jesus like? What are the sights, sounds and smells? End by praying again, and ‘grab his coat’ with the troubles of your heart.

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