A Father’s Heart

Ge 37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

Over the past 40 years of my ministry, I have heard and read much of the sufferings and anguish of the blessed Redeemer as He paid the eternal debt for all that would be with Him in glory.  I would in no way diminish His sufferings for had He not drank all the cup that was given Him, you and I could not enter glory or been given the power to become the sons of God.  Jn 1:12  “Lord, now indeed I find Thy power and Thine alone, can change the leper’s spots, and melt the heart of stone.  Jesus paid it all…”

This was such a devastating event that human beings have not the mind to comprehend and the best we can do in considering His anguish and torture is but a small degree of what took place in the garden, the judgment hall, and on the cross. La 1:12  [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger.

Mt 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. The word heavy used here is the strongest of the three Greek words (85, 916, 3076) in the NT for depression.  The other times this word is used has only to do with human heaviness or sorrow.  Mt 17:23…sorrow as referring to that of the disciples & Mt 26:43…heavy, as in the disciples’ eyes.

Paul said, 1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  If man has not the mind to perceive of those eternal things God has prepared, he certainly does not have the mind to grasp the cost the suffering Lamb of God paid to purchase unto God the eternal salvation of every believing soul.

One, in the past generation, said that God was always greater than anything that could be said about Him and no language was worthy of Him.  It is so apparent when we begin to consider or try to put in words the cost of salvation.  There is no wonder that the Apostle called it ‘great salvation’ and there was no escape if we neglected it.

<strong>What of the Father?</strong>

The verse stated above was of Jacob when he thought that Joseph had been slain by wild beasts and there was no comfort that his other sons or daughters could supply that would relieve him of the grief of Joseph being gone.

I know that some will say that he was only a man and this in no way could reflect upon that which was in the heart of God but where were those emotions and love derived?  Do not all things come from God, for man was made in His likeness?  If a man loves his children, it is from the Lord but one will say that a lost man can love his children as does a Christian.  That is true but only a Christian has the spiritual senses to relate that which is in the natural to the things that are spiritual.  Ro 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…

Jesus said that Abraham saw His day.  He had no Bible or preacher to tell him these things but he did have the Spirit of God to take the visible things and teach him of those things that could not be seen.  He saw in his son the Lamb of God that was to be offered up as a sacrifice.  He took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac, his son, while he carried the knife that would slay him and also the fire in his hand.  Having built an altar, laying the wood in order, and binding his son; he stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son.  He not only saw the day of Christ but in his heart, he now knew something of the Father’s heart in offering His only begotten Son that his soul loved (Gen 22:2) and one that was by Him, as brought up with Him: and was daily His Father’s delight (Prov 8:30).

The Father not only determined the death of His Son but brought it to pass by giving wicked men a time and place to bring this about.  Act 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: There was far more involved than God giving His Son as a sacrifice.  He actually and literally was made a curse by His Father.  Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, <span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>being made a curse</span> for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree: He became the sin-bearer, carrying all the sins of all His people and nailing the hand writing of ordinance that was against us to His cross.  This not only entailed His bearing all our sins; it meant that God made Him, who knew no sin, to be made sin. 2Co 5:21 For <strong><span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>he</span></strong> hath <strong><span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>made him</span></strong> [to be] <strong><span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>sin</span></strong> for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

He had become such a sinful, repulsive sight that His Father turned His eyes from Him for God is too holy to look upon sin and for three hours darkness covered the land.  His Father heard those cries of desertion from His Son, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me, but there could be no rescue or deliverance.  Some beneath the cross said to leave Him alone in such agony so they could see if His Father would come to help.  No human being that was a father could believe this being on the cross could be the Son of God for no Father would leave His Son there in all that shame and agony.

What of the Father’s heart when we are told that it pleased (to delight or take pleasure in) the Father to bruise Him?

The nails in His hands and feet were painful as were the crown of thorns on His head and the tearing of His flesh by the Roman scourge but that which was unseen was His Father’s hand in making His soul an offering.

Joseph told his brothers not to be angry with themselves for what they had done unto him because it was God that had brought all that about to save them and their families alive so the Lord Jesus looked beyond the hands of wicked men and that which they had done unto Him, knowing it was ordained of His Father.

Religion speaks of the love of God, but to truly see and know a little of the love of God, one must peer into the heart of the Father in giving His dear Son for sinners.  Greater love hath no man than a man lay down his life for his friends but Ro 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Would or could there be a father that would do that to his son for wicked, rebellious sinners?

Eph 1:3 <span style=”text-decoration:underline;”>Blessed [be] the God and Father</span> of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: And the church says amen; and all praise and honor unto Christ that became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, that we might be made the children of God.

How do children come to know something experimental of the heart of God the Father?  Is it not when little ones are born in their family and they take on the role of a parent?  It is the same principle of one knowing of the pity of God.  Ps 103:13 Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.  You can know of a person by reading a biography or autobiography but you may never know them.  All the children will come to know God not because they have read about Him, but due to their walk with Him and the Spirit of God taking the precious things of Christ and revealing that to their hearts.  It not only is our walk with God but the role we have in life, which has brought about different relationships, such as a son and then as a parent; these have brought the invisible things of God to light and given us an understanding somewhat into the very heart of our Father and His only begotten and beloved Son.  BH