Today is Father’s day in the United States and Canada. As I am reflecting on the ancient prophetic vision of Isaiah these days, I thought I would see what Isaiah said about God the Father. The best-known text is from Isaiah where the prophet predicts the birth of a baby who will be called the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6).
There is also this passage:
“But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.” (Isaiah 63:16)
For the Jewish people, Abraham was their father. Isaiah reminds the nation that while Abraham might not recognize them as his descendants; God will always acknowledge them as his children. Our earthly fathers may abandon us, abuse us, ignore us, and disappoint us; our heavenly Father is a gracious Father who will rescue us, forgive us, and abide with us. – Ron Friesen