“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #3

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious

Question: Did the Hebrew people of the Bible believe that God was their Creator?

Answer: Although the ancient people in Old Testament times did not seem to understand the close individual relationship that existed with God as a Father (the kind that Jesus later taught), they did believe that God was their Maker. The citations below explain:

The prophet Isaiah wrote: “Thus saith the Lord . . . I have made the earth, and created man upon it.” (Isa. 45:11-12)

“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” (Isa. 45:18)

In the story of Job, young Elihu said: “The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” (Job 33:4)

And in Psalms we read: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Ps. 100:3)

John, the disciple of Jesus, would later write of God: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)

God is our Maker, our Creator! He is not a distant Creator separated from His creation. He is “our Father.” It was the mission of Jesus to demonstrate this close relationship. We will learn about that, too.

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three:  The Lord’s Prayer”  Copyright 2005.  For information explaining this book and blog please read the About page.)

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Our Father - Q&A #3


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