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.
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While many of Jericho’s residents relied on the power of Jericho’s walls, Rahab understood the walls were powerless compared to God’s might. Joshua 2:8-13 describes her wise interpretation that God had done more powerful things than destroy Jericho’s walls, so he was sure to be victorious over Jericho.
Rahab was so sure of God’s upcoming victory that she bargained away the safety of her city in return for the safety of her parents, brothers and sisters, and their families. Joshua 6:25 affirms that Joshua spared Rahab and her family because she hid the spies he had sent to Jericho. That same verse has a “date stamp” saying she still lived among the Israelites at the time Joshua was written. Some people believe the Rahab of Jericho is the same Rahab in Matthew 1:5, the ancestor of King David and Jesus.
Gratitude keeps our focus on God and his goodness rather than on ourselves. 1 Chronicles 16:34 says we are to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
There are so many Bible verses about being thankful that it is difficult to know where to start.