by Terri Gillespie
“Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7, TLV
Isn’t this a hopeful and uplifting verse? Chapter seven is a part of Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount.” The context of this verse is Jesus giving insights into His Father. Prior to this, culturally, there was more a reverential posture, rather than relational toward ADONAI—the LORD—by the Jewish people. This was clearly demonstrated by the Tabernacle and then the Temple, with obstacles and a curtain that separated the “common” people from the holy places.
The Jewish people’s ancestors saw God open the ground and swallow up the rebellious (Numbers 16:32). They also walked on dry ground when He parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14). So, as chosen people of Adonai, they were rightfully fearful and yet, in awe.
This Creator of the Universe wouldn’t even give His “Name” to Moses (Exodus 3:13-15)—He was to be referred to as one of His many attributes, “I AM.” Which is why some Jewish people today will not completely spell out Lord or God, but instead write L-RD or G-D.
“For what man among you, when his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or when he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (vss. 9-11, TLV)
Jesus now explains to the people that our relationship with His Father could be different. Still very reverential, as Jesus was, because He served His Father (Luke 22:42; Hebrews 10:7), but Jesus hints that something was about to change. Those children that would be redeemed by His blood could call Adonai, Father—even Abba, which is more like Daddy (Romans 8:15).
The people’s heart cry would be heard, as any loving father would listen.
Does that mean our Father will give us anything for which we “cry out”? As a parent or your parents, did we? Did they? Of course not.
Seeking is another essential part of our relationship. As Jesus taught us to pray, “Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10), our relationship with the Father is to be like Jesus’s—“Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39) Seeking that will, our Father will make certain we’ll know what it is.
Knocking, I suppose is just making sure that we have the right “door.” We don’t want to walk into the wrong room or break into our own desires rather than our Father’s will.
Now when Yeshua had finished these words, the crowds were astounded at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one having authority and not as their Torah scholars. (vss. 28-29, TLV)
Many people ask why I prefer to use Father, or Abba, when referring to God. Why not Yahweh or Jehovah? I guess because of passages like this, but even more. Jesus humbled Himself to be born in a stinky stable. He suffered much on our behalf. All so that I could call the Creator of the Universe Abba. That is an honor not to be taken lightly.
As His redeemed children, in reverential awe, we can call Him our Daddy.
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About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, messages, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, because of His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, released in October. http://www.authorterrigillespie.com
Sweet Rivalry, is the story of twins separated by a troubled mother. One twin is lovingly raised by her grandmother who owns a small-town bakery. The other sister is raised by an addict mother. They discover one another through a televised baking competition. But will rivalry break them apart again?
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