In a time in culture when gender is a very popular topic I though it timely to address a wonderous truth, God is Divine Other and has no gender. Abba is the Aramaic word for what we say in the Lords prayer and that word is connected to “pater” also.
The word “abba” is an Aramaic word for “father.” It is used in several places in the New Testament as a title for God (transliterated into Greek letters but left as an Aramaic word), though always paired with the Greek word for Father, “pater.”
O theos O pater – is God the Father. Yet God the Father is One with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Godhead [Trinity] all have the exact same attributes and they are : Other, Divine, Divinity, Uncreated, No beginning and no end and no gender. I would say in beginning my exploration of textual criticism of the root word Pater that the Latin translations definitely pushed daddy words and the maleness of God. God has no gender. Neither male nor female exists in the attributes of I AM whose Infinity is unique.
Infinity has 3 characteristics: (1) Self-Existence: (a) God exists eternally (Ex. 3:14). (b) He is unstained by Himself or by any other source. (c) God doesn’t need anyone’s help but we need help from Him. (d) He is the infinite Source with infinite capacity. (e) God’s existence cannot be changed. (f) All things exist because of God. (g) God causes all things to exist. (h) No one causes God to exist.
So then the reason for this post is to ask us to consider through prayer and exegetical study for truth and revelation of why do people think God is male. Not the first second or third person of the Trinity is male. God said in Genesis 1:26 and 1:27 that if you want to get an idea of what God is like the truth is that God made us male and female and humans as male and female kinda sorta and can and do look like God. Both together, as one look like the image and likeness of God.
The Trinity has many Names thank the Lord to help us commune with and dwell with God as God is. So why then do ” Anthropos” – humans think if God had to pick a gender of course it would be a boy gender ? Adonai is Gods Name as Sovereign, and does sovereignty seem like it has a gender ? Malek Sedek is God of Righteousness. Does righteousness seem male ?
Now I will definitely go to a not politically correct question, which is if you want God to have a gender and God said male and female are in His image and likeness then what do you do with women or Mothers ? Why is there no name of God that says, God the Mother ? Please understand that I have an MDIV from Denver Seminary which is a conservative Baptist seminary. I believe the Scriptures are the inerrant word of God. The point of the question is that if you want to give God a gender you would have to give God both genders. Angels have no gender either. Sorry they are not boys. They are spiritual beings – angelic beings created by God with no gender. They do not procreate. So even though many think angels are boys because their name might be Gabriel they have no gender either.
So then please help those of us who struggle with this Name for God, Father.
For the two in five women in the world who have been sexually abused by men, the title is perplexing ? My relationship with God the Father is not by closest place of abiding to be honest. I am working on my relationship with God, Theos, the Father. By saying working on I mean I am surrendering into allowing the first person of the Trinity to speak to me and love me and reveal the self of the Father to me. God is who He is and I get that this is my problem not Gods.
“This then is how you should pray, Thus therefore pray ye Father of us the [One] in the heavens: Let it be hallowed the name of thee; let it come the kingdom of thee; let it come about the will of thee; as in heaven also on earth…..
Let it be hallowed the Name of Thee. Amen.
Join us each FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH at 7:30 am to 8:45 am to pray for Jefferson County children and families. We must stand with them in prayer to believe for them to break out of the working poor hardships. We meet in the prayer chapel at ST Paul’s Episcopal church at 9200 W 10th Avenue Lakewood CO 80215.
Barbara Moore is calling more frequent prayer gatherings to come forth with Jeffco Prays. She has joined that prayer leadership team with Rick Roberts, Laura Boggs and Mark Barrington. https://www.facebook.com/jeffcoprays/
Answer: In Haggai 2:23 we read, “‘On that day,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you.’” What did God mean when He said Zerubbabel was His signet ring?
There are times and seasons for all things in heaven. Ask the Lord, for specifics on your divine destiny this year to = bring heaven to earth – His visual and real rule and reign in your earth, your land, your reason to be breathing right now !
Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. In 1 Kings 21:8, the evil Queen Jezebel took King Ahab’s signet ring and “wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.” The ring’s stamp gave her letters the king’s authority. In Daniel 6:17, a signet ring was used to seal a stone covering a lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” A royal signet ring is also featured in Genesis 41:41-43 and Esther 8:8.
It is important to understand who Zerubbabel is. He is the governor of the rebuilt Jerusalem and is himself of royal blood, being a descendant of David and the grandson of Judah’s King Jehoiachin. Years earlier, Jehoiachin had lost his throne when he was deported to Babylon; in fact, God pictured Jehoiachin as a signet ring being removed from God’s finger (Jeremiah 22:24). Now, God calls Zerubbabel the “signet ring,” but this time it won’t be removed.
In Haggai’s prophecy, God is giving Zerubbabel encouragement and hope. The governor is “chosen” for a unique and noble purpose. As God’s signet ring, Zerubbabel is given a place of honor and authority. God is reinstating the Davidic line and renewing His covenant with David. Judah still has a future as they look forward to the coming Son of David, the Messiah, who would one day “overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms” (Haggai 2:22).
Zerubbabel is also called “my servant.” This title was often a Messianic reference in the Old Testament (2 Samuel 3:18; 1 Kings 11:34; Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-13; 50:4-11; 52:13-53:12; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25). The triad of servant, son, and signet ring creates a special combination of encouragement given to few in Scripture. Zerubbabel was an important leader involved in the reconstruction of the Jewish temple. As God’s “signet ring,” Zerubbabel becomes a picture of the future Messiah, Jesus Christ, who will establish His people in the Promised Land, construct an even grander temple (Zechariah 6:12-13), and lead the righteous in never-ending worship.
The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is on many waters.
The voice.–The invocation to the angels over, the storm bursts, and seven successive peals of thunder mark its course of fury and destruction. It is first heard rolling over the waters from the west (comp. 1Kings 18:44), unless the “waters” and “many waters,” as in Psalm 18:11-12, refer to the gathered masses of rain-cloud, when we might compare
“Then broke the thunder
Like a whole sea overhead.”
BROWNING: Pippa Passes.
The Hebrew kol (“voice”), used also of any loud sound (2Samuel 15:10, of the trumpet; Ezekiel 1:24, of water), is sometimes used (Genesis 4:10; Isaiah 52:8) to call attention, like our “Hark !” So Ewald here. Others refer it to the thunder, as in Psalm 77:18; but it seems better to take it for the combined noise of the storm, thunder, wind, and rain, as in Shakespeare–
“The gods who keep this pudder o’er our heads.”
Verse 3. – The voice of the Lord is upon the waters. The description of God’s might in the thunderstorm now begins with one of the sudden transitions which David loves. “The voice of the Lord” – already identified with the thunder in Psalm 18:13 – is suddenly heard muttering in the height of heaven, “upon the waters;” i.e. the waters stored in the clouds that float on high in the air. The God of glory – the God set forth in vers. 1, 2 – thundereth. It is he himself, according to the psalmist, no minor agent. The Lord (Jehovah) is upon the many (or, great) waters (comp. Job 37:2-5 and Psalm 18:7-14).
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters,…. What follows concerning thunder, the voice of the Lord, gives so many reasons why he should have glory given him and be worshipped; the Heathens (y) paid their devotion to thunder and lightning: but this should be done to the author of them; which may be literally understood of thunder, and is the voice of the Lord; see Psalm 18:13; and which is commonly attended with large showers of rain, Jeremiah 10:13; and is very terrible upon the waters, and has its effect there, Psalm 104:7; and this is the rather mentioned, because that there is a God above, who is higher than the mighty, who are called upon to give glory to him, and because that thunder has been terrible to kings and great men of the earth; or this may be figuratively interpreted of the voice of Christ in the Gospel, which reaches to many nations and people, compared to waters, Revelation 17:15. The disciples had a commission to preach it to all nations, and the sound of their words went into all the world, Romans 10:18;
the God of glory thundereth; this shows that thunder may be meant by the voice of the Lord, who is glorious in himself, and in all his works; and may be applied to the Gospel of Christ, who is the Lord of glory, and whose ministers, at least some of them, are sons of thunder; see 1 Corinthians 2:8;
the Lord is upon many waters; that is, his voice is, as before, which is thunder; and that this belongs to God, the Heathens were so sensible of, that they called their chief deity Jupiter Tonans (z).
(y) Pausan. Arcad. sive l. 8. p. 503. (z) Horat. Epod. l. 5. Ode 2. v. 29. Martial. l. 2. Ep. 95.
3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
“The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.” The thunder is not only poetically but instructively called “the voice of God,” since it peals from on high; it surpasses all other sounds, it inspires awe, it is entirely independent of man, and has been used on some occasions as the grand accompaniment of God’s speech to Adam’s sons. There is peculiar terror in a tempest at sea, when deep calleth unto deep, and the raging sea echoes to the angry sky. No sight more alarming than the flash of lightning around the mast of the ship; and no sound more calculated to inspire a reverent awe than the roar of the storm. The children of heaven have often enjoyed the tumult with humble joy peculiar to the saints, and even those who know not God have been forced into unwilling reverence while the storm has lasted. “The God of glory thundereth.” Thunder is in truth no mere electric phenomenon, but is caused by the interposition of God himself. Even the old heathen spake of Jupiter Tonans; but our modern wise men will have us believe in laws and forces, and anything or nothing so that they may be rid of God. Electricity of itself can do nothing; it must be called and sent upon its errand; and until the almighty Lord commissions it, its bolt of fire is inert and powerless. As well might a rock of granite, or a bar of iron fly in the midst of heaven, as the lightning go without being sent by the great First Cause. “The Lord is upon many waters.” Still the Psalmist’s ear hears no voice but that of Jehovah, resounding from the multitudinous and dark waters of the upper ocean of clouds, and echoing from the innumerable billows of the storm-tossed sea below. The waters above and beneath the firmament are astonished at the eternal voice. When the holy Spirit makes the divine promise to be heard above the many waters of our soul’s trouble, then is God as glorious in the spiritual world as in the universe of matter. Above us and beneath us all is the peace of God when he gives us quiet.
“The voice of the Lord is powerful.” An irresistible power attends the lightning of which the thunder is the report. In an instant, when the Lord wills it, the force of electricity produces amazing results. A writer upon this subject, speaks of these results as including a light of the intensity of the sun in his strength, a heat capable of fusing the compactest metals, a force in a moment paralysing the muscles of the most powerful animals; a power suspending the all-pervading gravity of the earth, and an energy capable of decomposing and recomposing the closest affinities of the most intimate combinations. Well does Thompson speak of “the unconquerable lightning,” for it is the chief of the ways at God in physical forces, and none can measure its power.
As the voice of God in nature is so powerful, so is it in grace; the reader will do well to draw a parallel, and he will find much in the gospel, which may be illustrated by the thunder of the Lord in the tempest. His voice, whether in nature or revelation, shakes both earth and heaven; see that ye refuse not him that speaketh. If his voice be thus mighty, what must his hand be! beware lest ye provoke a blow. “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” The King of kings speaks like a king. As when a lion roareth, all the beasts of the forest are still, so is the earth hushed and mute while Jehovah thundereth marvellously.
“Tis listening fear and dumb amazement all.”
3. The voice of the Lord—audible exhibition of His power in the tempest, of which thunder is a specimen, but not the uniform or sole example.
the waters—the clouds or vapors (Ps 18:11; Jer 10:13).
29:1-11 Exhortation to give glory to God. – The mighty and honourable of the earth are especially bound to honour and worship him; but, alas, few attempt to worship him in the beauty of holiness. When we come before him as the Redeemer of sinners, in repentance faith, and love, he will accept our defective services, pardon the sin that cleaves to them, and approve of that measure of holiness which the Holy Spirit enables us to exercise. We have here the nature of religious worship; it is giving to the Lord the glory due to his name. We must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to his will and glory. There is a beauty in holiness, and that puts beauty upon all acts of worship. The psalmist here sets forth God’s dominion in the kingdom of nature. In the thunder, and lightning, and storm, we may see and hear his glory. Let our hearts be thereby filled with great, and high, and honourable thoughts of God, in the holy adoring of whom, the power of godliness so much consists. O Lord our God, thou art very great! The power of the lightning equals the terror of the thunder. The fear caused by these effects of the Divine power, should remind us of the mighty power of God, of man’s weakness, and of the defenceless and desperate condition of the wicked in the day of judgment. But the effects of the Divine word upon the souls of men, under the power of the Holy Spirit, are far greater than those of thunder storms in the nature world. Thereby the stoutest are made to tremble, the proudest are cast down, the secrets of the heart are brought to light, sinners are converted, the savage, sensual, and unclean, become harmless, gentle, and pure. If we have heard God’s voice, and have fled for refuge to the hope set before us, let us remember that children need not fear their Father’s voice, when he speaks in anger to his enemies. While those tremble who are without shelter, let those who abide in his appointed refuge bless him for their security, looking forward to the day of judgment without dismay, safe as Noah in the ark.
I was reading this morning my theology textbook from seminary. I have been reflecting on growing to trust God more and thought, “GODS PROVIDENCE” must grow larger in my heart and mind.
As I look about in my daily life, I see so many opportunities to shout out, Hey God did that and God just helped us . One doctrine that we can get twisted up on is Gods Will and Gods Providence.
I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the following excerpt from, Existence Under Providential Direction, Integrative Theology text by Lewis and Demarest .
PROBLEMS IN RELATING PRAYER TO PROVIDENCE: page 111 – “Several fallacies or misconceptions often contribute to unnecessary difficulties about the role of petition in providence. The predestination fallacy reasons that prayer is pointless because God has predestined all things. This overlooks Gods two distinguishable strategies, the conditional and unconditional. Although prayer will not change those events that God predestined to be accomplished by his own power unconditionally, many aspects of our lives are not unconditionally determined. Most are envisioned in Gods conditional strategy. “If my people…. will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chron. 7:14.
In accord with Gods conditional strategy, he forgives and revives ONLY in answer to prayer. Although prayer that asks God to act contrary to his nature or unconditional purposes is of no avail, our petition in other matters have great and eternal significance. ”
Love to hear your reflections on this truth about God. What I have also learned is that a great strategy for life with God is that before we pray we stop.
We get to stop and quiet ourselves and come before God and then as a weaned child at Gods breast we can say, Lord what is on your heart about this matter, or Lord how would you have me ask you about this ….. just learning to be quiet and ask God how we should pray before we start throwing up a bunch of words to God that are not really relevant at the moment or what He is praying really helps us be powerful and effective in our life with God and prayer life. Amen.
I am not that good of an artist but I do sketch and I can connect the dots. Memories of fun with coloring books are good for me. I do not like to play games much. So today I want to share an ah hah moment in life with you all. Or y’all as some would say.
Let me say that keeping it simple in life has become more of a reality as I get older. I am learning not to take myself so seriously and to chill out more. How much fun do we have just sitting with children with a connect the dots coloring book ?
ABC DOT -TO – DOTS days are a great escape from our all too serious world. The one who sits above all and is all and all is in the business of connecting dots. Trusting that this story will give you more hope for some more dot connecting in your lives.
Way back in 1974 I went on a journey to Melbourne Australia with over 300 other young American teachers to help the shortage of teacher crisis and to go on an adventure. We all met at San Francisco Airport to board a plane with others we did not know. Having no idea that I would make friends that 43 years later would still remain. Donna Dyste Kapala shown in this skiing picture is one of the friends who came into my life at that time. She spent most of those 40 something years working as a teacher and school counselor. She is a giver. She is a one who loves adventure and to discover the “wonder” in life.
There was another woman who I met when we landed in Sydney and had some hours to go explore there. Her name is Shiela Hoban. At the time I had a full length cast on my leg due to a car accident I had prior to leaving for Aussie. Lets just say I was partying a bit too much and while driving my Triumph Spitfire I could have had all my dots disconnected, but I lived. Anyway Shiela was one of my new artsy friends who got assigned to a high school in Melbourne. We went to the Sydney zoo together that first day of landing in our new home. Of course we did not go too fast because I was a bit slow being with a casted leg. It was only a few months ago that Shiela laughed reminding me that she did not mind my slowness and that that was the beginning of our friendship. Here is Aunt Shiela 43 years later with her nieces and nephews.
What I say about Shiela is that she is one of the most interesting and intelligent people I have ever met. She became an ambassador to the United States because at one point we were discriminating against women being ambassadors. So, wella, Shiela applies to become an Ambassador and connect the dots, she gets accepted. Over those years I would hear from another friend Borah Ferry about which country Shiela was living in. I loved getting those updates it seemed so exciting.
Last year we had a reunion in Vail Colorado. Georgia Pourchot who had the nickname goldie was so kind to let us all get together in her wonderful family vacation home in Vail. Shiela could not make the get together because she is too ill. Shiela lives in Tuscon Arizona. Borah Ferry lives in Virgin Islands and Colorado and Donna Kapala lives in Reno Nevada and Brigid Kardong lives in Spokane Washington and I live in Lakewood Colorado and Georgia Pourchot lives in Shawnee Oklahoma. As we took the time around a table looking at our memory lane picture books, we had to call Shiela to include her in our reunion.
I am kinda the glue that kept us together all these years. Everyone appreciated that I always wanted us to keep in touch. I kinda forgot which is not a surprise to those who know I have friends and family help me remember parts of my life. So as I spoke to Shiela about Donna, she said well you know I only met her once or twice. Donna lived in the rural part of Victoria Australia where we all had landed. We got to go to her town to see kangaroos and kuala bears and shear sheep.
ABC’s of Connect the Dots = there is a God and He connects dots
Many people call connect the dots serendipity moments. So serendipity is defined as,
Prayer is asking God the Father,Son and Holy Spirit for help and love. As humans we get keys in life that help and allow us to open up the good we need. But connect the big dots in life sometimes needs extreme vertical, as in the One who got the big set of keys to connect some dots. There are times in life that are time sensitive.
I was thinking this morning that I really want to BE more gentle in my life with others. I find places in my heart during the day that feel hard. I think the medicine I need is gentleness.
Thirty one years ago I lived out one day in February one of the most amazing realities of gentleness. Her name is Kaitlin Jennie . It is funny looking back but she was so gentle I was really worried about not being gentle enough to even rest her on my breast.
The man I married is an exemplary gentle man. His gentleness is what brought me to love him and fall in love. One day when I had only known him for months we were with his daughter Sarah who was only five. She is the dearest little tender heart . I had never seen a man act so gentle with his daughter before. They decided it would be fun to lay in the grass together and look up at the sky and see what the clouds looked like. I was shocked by their gentleness together.
So lets go on a journey together to explore the realities of gentleness around us and in us ? Why not. Its coming upon the Christmas or holiday season of life here in the USA. Lets intentionally explore together gentleness. Barbara B Moore November 9 2017 7:19 am MST
We are so encouraged by the amazing support we are gaining each week. As we shared the hunger story for four days at the Jeffco Fair, people were moved and surprised. Some people know it is true.
Some are looking at us while we share this truth struggling to comprehend HOW CAN THIS BE TRUE ?
We are advocates for sure for a hunger free Colorado. However, we are not just telling a story, we are being the answer to their prayers. We are a NIKE type program – we say LETS JUST DO IT. We will not stop growing and raising money until we get to the top of the mountain and plant our white flag of peace. Peace is every child having food on the weekend.
We believe with all of our hearts that you all want to join in and GET INVOLVED.
August begins our serving seven schools and by September we will serve more children and schools.
JEFFCO EATS WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM PROVIDERS
1. Foothills Elementary – Lakewood CO
2. Emory Elementary – Lakewood CO
3. Eiber Elementary – Lakewood CO
4. Lasley Elementary – Lakewood CO
5. Everitt Middle School – Wheat Ridge CO
6. Edgewater Elementary – Edgewater CO
7. Jefferson High and Jr – Edgewater CO