God and His Family

The God and His Family Series consists of 16 episodes. In the New Testament, one of the most common descriptions of God and his people is that of a family. This series is designed to talk about that relationship in detail.

Jesus introduced the concept that God is three spirits in one – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From that terminology, God is a family.

Jesus and the New Testament writers often use family terms to describe the relationship between God and his people. They draw on relationships such as: father, children, sons and daughters, and adopted sons and daughters. These relationships not only imbue privileges, but also confer responsibilities.

It’s hard to see in English but Jesus sometimes refers to God as his Father and sometimes as “Daddy.” Part of the Good News of Jesus is that God can also be our Father and Daddy.

Being God’s Person

Of all the turning points in history, none is bigger than the event described in Exodus 19:5-6. God makes the Israelites an incredible, unbelievable, one-sided offer. God, who can demand anything he wants, who can cause to happen anything he wants, who doesn’t need anything, chooses to make an offer. If the Israelites will obey him fully and keep his covenant they will be God’s treasured possession and will be his kingdom of priests and a holy nation.  Or, as is said multiple times in the Bible: “I will be their God and they will be my people.”

The offer was so valuable that the Israelites immediately accepted it. Then, they must have began wondering just what it means to be “God’s people.” They must have begun to think about what it means to obey God fully and keep his covenant. And, since they had just come from out of slavery in Egypt, they might have begun to regret trading one master for another when they had dreamt of not having a master at all.

Except for Moses, the first two people most likely to exemplify the meaning of being God’s people were Aaron and Hur. Aaron was the older brother of Moses. Tradition indicates Hur may have been the nephew of Moses.

Primary Scriptures:
Exodus 17:10-17, Exodus 24:13-14, Exodus 38 :22
Story Summary:
The importance of being a person of God
1500 BC