In the family of God the children grow up

Paint_by_ChibitFrom the beginning of time we find a God who gives his children freedom.

Without free will we cannot make our own choices, learn from our mistakes and grow up. It has always been the heart of our Father that we mature; that we learn, love and reach our full potential in Him. This is when we are like the crocus as we open our petals and bloom into something beautiful.

Our family history

These people are our ancestors. Each person represents the journey of a family of peoples.

  •  Adam – created a grown man ready to reproduce, sin broke his connection with his Father. Mankind regressed had to be birthed again.
  • Noah/child – the ark is a picture of baby in bulrushes covered in tar. A family hidden and saved from destruction and evil just like baby Moses. He was birthed into the cleansed earth through gushing waters
  • Abraham/toddler – wide eyed and fresh he is shown the stars and sands of God’s world. He starts to understand there is a God and builds a relationship with him
  • Isaac/child – learning how family and relationships work
  • Jacob/ young teen – tussling and wrestling with ideas, finding his feet, seeking independence alongside relationship, finding own thoughts, his own heart
  • Joseph /older teen – finding true identity among those that think differently (Egyptians), leaning to take responsibility, make good choices, understanding family forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Moses and the children of Israel/transitioning into adulthood – experiencing the process of leaving home, finding their own ground/freedom, initiation of baptism through the red sea

The phrase “Children of Israel” is used 335 times in the Pentateuch (first 5 books of the bible). This shows how God was  training them and teaching them as his own children.

The Wilderness

Moses and the Israelites now reach the cusp of adulthood/maturity. It is time for them to leave their childish ways behind them and live as supernatural adults (1 Corinthians 13:10-12). It is time for them to leave the house of Egypt and their identity of slaves behind. They set out on a journey to find who they really are. Egypt was never their home and slavery was never to be their identity – God wanted to show them who he had made them to be.

Having left Egypt they are about to enter God’s college – his boot camp. This is commonly known as the wilderness. It is here that God’s children were to start their valuable training. They would start to learn about  their ancestors, who is this God they worship and where do they belong.

Reflecting on our own family walk as the people of God we stand in a place of transition. There is before us our own land (literally) to take, our own promises to bring into fulfillment and our own Jericho to overcome. In order to prepare us for this before us for the next few months is an expanse of training. This time may look like a place of drifting and lack but actually it is a vital stage of maturation that will us enable us to steward heaven coming to earth in revival, miracles and wonders.

Today: Think about how we, as the people of God, are walking in a new place of freedom and open space.  As we enter  God’s special college for maturity count yourself into the boot camp. What do you hope to learn during this time?

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4 thoughts on “In the family of God the children grow up

  1. I like many of the parallels you make about growing up, but we have to be careful in freedom for the children of Israel were a generation that angered God and never entered his rest because of their disbelief, Heb 3: 10-19. And Moses although undoubtedly a great man of God did not honour God before the people Num20:12 and that generation did not enter the promised land. Yes they carried the presence of God with them and God’s glory was with them every day. God was teaching them to trust him and live by faith. I think There is much we can learn in being like them but also much we can learn in not being like them!

    • I love the bible as it is so real – it doesn’t just paint with rose tinted glasses the history of its people but the grit and blood too. It has love, romance and goodness alongside rape, murder and total failure. It gives us space to make our own mistakes and big failures and feel right at home 🙂 I think we can indeed learn from both the nation’s trust and betrayal and see what the people did in response to God. You have hit the nail on the head with the fact that it was God who was teaching them to live by faith- we can focus on trying to learn from His lessons rather than from the unpredictable reaction of the people.

      • I read this in Bill Johnsons Face to Face with God today
        “Perceiving God’s invitiation to us through the Scriptures, particularly in the history of Israel, is not something that everyone does automatically. In fact, much of the history of Israel is the story of a people who fundamentally didn’t get what God was inviting them to into. Thus we learn both positive and negative lessons from Israel’s history – both how to respond to God and how not to respond to Him. As we’ll see shortly, this is precisely where Moses stands out – he was one in a million who got it.

  2. I’ve always read the Bible with a sense that things happened because of an inevitability and because that’s how things should be. Now I’m wondering if there’s some stuff that’s there that shouldn’t be, if you know what I mean. For example when Peter’s word of knowledge and judgement over Ananias (Acts 5) wasn’t designed to kill him and his wife but to restore them to a life of honesty and purity. Was it Peter’s own anger that he was suppose to rule over. Jesus quotes from Isaiah 61 and misses out the day of vengeance. Could be because He knows the ways of the Father not just the words. I’m guessing it’s important I don’t use the frail, flawed, real people in the book as an excuse for my own dysfunction and my standard of character and lifestyle is Jesus. Dang, don’t you just hate that.

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