Last week I asked who put the “our” in “Our Father.” I have several other questions to go with this one. However, the one on my mind now is, who is the Father in Our Father? I know some will say “duh, the father in Our Father is God.” That is true the Father in Our Father is God. But who is this God? I’m sure theologians could and have written volumes on this subject. I just want to give an answer on a blog to this question.

In our day preachers tell us that God is father and psychologists tell us that we moderns have such angst over “father” that we have trouble identifying with God who is Father. I’ve been reading about this God, Jesus instructed us to address as Father. In the O.T. he is identified as the creator of the universe. If you have this God as your father you can end the argument on whose father is the smartest real quick. He is identified as the creator of man. In this sense he then is the father of all man and woman kind. He is identified as personal, i.e. he likes to talk with his creation. He talks with Adam and Eve. He gives his creation room to learn, he allowed Adam to name all of the animals. He is very generous. He created a Shangri-La, the garden of Eden as a residence for man. He decorated it with the best of the earth. He even threw in gold for decoration. This God is fair with his dealings with man. He told Adam and Eve if they disobeyed one command they would die. The command was not to eat from one tree out of all the trees in Eden. Think about that in terms of God’s generosity, He gave man everything in the world, but one tree. Back to his fairness, God gave man and woman kind advanced warning if they were disobedient to him. He is a father that says if you do such and such here are the results.
The damning think about his fairness is that it leaves man and woman kind without excuse. So this God, Jesus said we can call Father can’t be blamed for the evil that has come to the earth. The evil unleashed here from Pandora’s box of failure was set loose by man and woman kind. This shows us something else about this Father God, he gives his children freedom. He also gives them unlimited power to accomplish good or evil on the planet he gave them to inhabit. He told them to subdue the earth. He gave them unlimited power and freedom to operate on his earth as they pleased.
When we address God as Our Father we are accepting a relationship that empowers us to live on this earth and it gives us responsibility that will make us tremble when we ask ourself what are we doing with this Father relationship. If the alternative wasn’t so awful we may be better off without this Father God relationship if we don’t take it solemnly.