The Northern Virginia Church of Christ is a non-denominational, Bible-based Christian church committed to loving God and to loving one another. We strive to follow the teachings of Jesus, and to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
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Happy Father’s Day!
“And now, my lord, I cannot go back to my father without the boy. Our father’s life is bound up in the boy’s life. If he sees that the boy is not with us, our father will die. We, your servants, will indeed be responsible for sending that grieving, white-haired man to his grave…. So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!” Genesis 44:30 – 34 (New Living Translation)
In the deeply moving scene revealed in the verses above, the Bible again comes to life to display the human drama that is eternal. In this case, it offers an example of a father’s deep love for his son. “The boy” in this scene is Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob, his pride and joy. The one pleading for his release is Benjamin’s older brother Judah. The appeal follows a series of tragic events in the life of this family, but the one thing that moved Judah to beg for Benjamin’s freedom was what he knew about his father: “Our father’s life is bound up in the boy’s life.” He, a father himself, fully understood the connection between a father and his child --- a connection that couldn’t be broken. The Hebrew word that is used in the scripture, “qashar” describes entities that are tied or knit together, and are stronger because of it.
This example of emotional, invested attachment from a father to his child is good to see in the scriptures. Often when we think of this kind of tenderness it applies to a mother’s bond with her children. But dads have hearts and tears and feelings too! Sometimes men put forward a strong exterior, but we all know that fathers are capable of deep emotional feeling for their kids. Their children are always on their minds, always on their hearts. A father’s goal is that his children will grow up to be independent and self-sufficient men and women. He works toward that goal when they are young, and feels a sense of accomplishment when they are out on their own, with jobs and families and homes. But a father knows that it’s never “over”. Whether his children are young or old, far or near, his happiness is “bound up” in the happiness and welfare of his children.
Anytime we see an example of a “good” father, it’s simply an illustration and a demonstration of our heavenly Father. God is not aloof and uncaring. On the contrary, God is “bound up” in the lives of His children. He cares about us individually. He yearns for us, and provides all we need to come close to Him and experience His love.
To all the fathers in our church, we hope you feel celebrated today. To all of us, remember that God, your Father, is bound to you through Jesus, and will care for you forever!
With love from,