- Romans 12:1 (sic)
- There is no authority except that which God has established.
- Dot Com is dot gone.
- Father, lead the country. Have mercy on us.
- Help us to pray for our enemies.
- May we render to Caesar, that which belongs to Caesar but ultimately to rend to You, that which belongs to You (hint: everything else).
- Can be messy
- Still (especially) should follow Jesus
Biblical Family Looks Like:
- Adam & Eve – but even they got it wrong
- Honour thy father & mother – a necessary commandment
- “Father” Abraham – really got it wrong with the maid
- Shock value family – Abraham’s family became messy
- Jesus “Holy” family – born out of wedlock!
- “Our Father” in heaven – we are adopted into His family.
Family Pictures of God
- Senior male relative,
- buy freedom,
- protect widows & orphans,
- With sons & daughters
- God to us
- Us to others
- No “model” marriages in the Bible!
- None of us has it 100%.
Ruth & Naomi
- “Where you go, I’ll go… and there I will be buried.”
- The closest model of Hesed.
- No “model” families in the Bible!
- So we are free to develop hesed.
- God works in untidy reality!
- Old Testament “Father’s house” or clan
- New Testament “Household”
- Family is not nuclear but whanau
- Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
- His followers took precedence
- Jesus charges John to care for his mother
- He never lost his obligation to his earthly family
Our job is to expand God’s family
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.