Summary: Moses was the father figure to Israel of their Heavenly Father, just as earthly father are also father figures who point to God. But how do earthly fathers reflect a Heavenly God? And just who is this prophet Moses' spoke of?
James Dobson once told of the time his 2 year old son Ryan said grace. He said:
“He had watched his mother and me pray before we ate each meal, but he had never been asked to say grace. One day, when I was out of town on a business trip, Shirley spontaneously turned to our toddler and asked if he would like to pray. The invitation startled him, but he folded his little hands, bowed his head and said reverently, “I love you Daddy, Amen.”
(James Dobson, Focus On The Family Magazine April 07 p. 18)
Now, what was little 2 year old Ryan saying?
Yes, he was saying he loved his daddy.
And yes, he was saying he loved God.
But he was also saying something else.
To his little 2 year old mind - his daddy was God.
Now, that’s not good theology.
But it’s not far off.
You see, earthly fathers were intended by God to be examples of who He is!
That’s why the Bible often refers to God as our FATHER.
Speaking of God, Isaiah declared
“…you, LORD, are OUR FATHER, our Redeemer from of old is your name. Isaiah 63:16
Jesus taught us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify YOUR FATHER which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
The Lord’s Prayer starts out
“Our FATHER which art in heaven…” Matthew 6:9
And Paul wrote “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, FATHER." Romans 8:15
God Is Our Heavenly Father, and thus it’s obvious that He meant for earthly fathers to be physical representations of who He is.
In the days of Moses, God was the FATHER of Israel.
But Moses was God’s representative.
And because of that, Moses became God’s physical “Father Figure” for the nation of Israel.
Thus, when Moses spoke, he spoke the words of God.
When Moses led he led where God directed.
Every aspect of Moses’ life reflected the life God wanted Israel to imitate.
You see, that’s what a FATHER FIGURE is all about.
Father figures are to help is grow up to be something special.
And earthly fathers were meant by God to be FATHER FIGURES to us of who HE IS, and to model for us the kind of people WE ought to become so we can glorify our Heavenly Father.
Now, at this point, someone might say: “Well, Jeff you’re being sexist in saying that.”
I’m not being sexist… I’m being realistic.
Not only is this concept Biblically true (to say that earthly fathers were meant to be models of our heavenly Father) it is SCIENTIFICALLY true.
ILLUS: According to a study done in Britain a few years back, (Urmee Khan Telegraph.co.uk 10/1/08) children whose fathers spent more time with them had a higher IQ and were more socially mobile than those who had received little attention.
AND, the differences were still detectable by the age of 42.
According to another study, (“Being a Good Dad When You Didn't Have One”, p. 19)