Your Father In Heaven
In the beginning God Elohim created the heaven [heavens] and the earth. GENESIS 1:1
God is Elohim, the Creator of all things. He is the Source of all resources.
God is Jehovah—the Lord—in relation to that which He has created.
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord Jehovah God made the earth and the heavens. And the Lord Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. GENESIS 2:4
The Lord Jehovah established a solemn and binding covenant relation with Abraham and his seed (offspring).
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord Jehovah appeared to Abram. As for me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God Elohim unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. GENESIS 17:1,4,7
Abraham had a son named Isaac. Isaac had a son, Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. Israel had twelve sons whose offspring became the twelve tribes of Israel. These offspring were referred to as the “children of Israel”, and the “nation of Israel”. This was the Lord’s covenant people because of the covenant the Lord had established with Abraham and not because they were “worthy” of it. They were oftentimes most unworthy.
They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear My words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers. Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. JEREMIAH 11:10,12
The Lord’s covenant people, Israel, broke their covenant agreement and went after and served other gods. The Lord Jehovah, however, remained faithful to all that He had promised. He is the Lord that changes not!
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord Jehovah that hath mercy on thee. ISAIAH 54:10
In the midst of the days when the Lord’s covenant people had turned their back on Him and were serving other gods, the Lord revealed that He would make a new covenant! This covenant would be even better than the former. Better promises with much better results!
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord Jehovah: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord Jehovah, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God Elohim, and they shall be My people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord Jehovah: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord Jehovah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. JEREMIAH 31:31-34
What covenant promises! How much better indeed! He would write His Word in their hearts. He would be their God and they His people. From the least to the greatest, all would know the Lord. And—most incredibly—He would “forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more”! What a merciful Lord God.
Just as the first covenant had been ratified, or confirmed, with the blood of one sacrificed, so must this second. But unlike the first, which was ratified with the blood of a sacrificed beast, this one would require the sacrifice of a man. Indeed, a man without blemish —without sin. Innocent blood was required to ratify this new covenant. What man would pay that price? Only one—one who’s Father would be the Lord God Himself. Yes, the only-begotten son of the Father—the man, Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ offered himself. His blood ratified the new covenant. He knew that His Father asked this of him and he obeyed. He taught these great truths to his apostles and to all those who followed him and listened.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him. JOHN 1: 18
He declared to them the Lord God of the new covenant: the Father! Even before all things required had been accomplished, he helped them to know and to understand the great truth of the new covenant—that God is “your Father”!
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. MATTHEW 5:14,16
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? MATTHEW 6:26
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. LUKE 6:35-36
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