Father’s Day is a day when we honor our different types of fathers, not only actual parents but father figures as well. With that in mind, it’s also a day for finding a small, quiet moment to honor the father of all things: God.
The Fifth of the Ten Commandments in the Bible reads:
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
– Exodus 20:12
This is God’s command that should honor our parents both in obedience and reverence.
Besides biological, there are all different kinds of fathers, and even mentors can serve as father figures. All are deserving of honor.
There is financial, domestic, political, mentor and the spiritual.
So while there’s nothing wrong with honoring all those have fulfilled a fatherly-like role in your life on Father’s Day, it’s equally important that none of us forget the most important father of all: God.
Make sure to take a moment to honor your heavenly father.
“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
– 1 Corinthians 8:6
When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, you’ll note that he begins the first line of the prayer by honoring God, the father. Further, we pray for the swift arrival of God’s kingdom on Earth, that all of creation be as it is in heaven, transformed into the way God envisioned it before the sinful fall of humankind.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
– Matthew 6:9-10
We honor God by putting him and his will first, not our own. By being humble and grateful that he is our father. By showing God respect and love. Jesus reiterates the Ten Commandments that God’s name be hallowed, given the greatest of reference above all, and never used lightly, deserving of all glory.
“And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”
– Matthew 23:9
This statement by Jesus confuses some people. Jesus is not saying not to call your parent, father. After all, God’s fifth Commandment tells you to honor your father and mother. Christ is using the word “father” for its connotation of denoting authority. Jesus is saying all of us no father that is superior to our creator God.
Scholar Barnes writes: “the word “father” also denotes “authority, eminence, superiority, a right to command, and a claim to particular respect.” In this sense it is used here. In this sense it belongs eminently to God, and it is not right to give it to people.”
Jesus is talking about rabbi, or other eminent teachers. Likewise, beyond Jesus’ time, Catholic priests and bishops came to be called father and the Pope is derived from the Latin Papa.
The scholar Ellicott writes: “What was meant was to warn men against so recognising, in any case, the fatherhood of men as to forget the Fatherhood of God.”