TEACHER:  Katie Kilpatrick

SCRIPTURES: Various

BOTTOM LINE:  People described God in feminine terms, not because God is actually a woman, but because feminine or maternal traits say something true about God and their experience with God.

QUESTION:  Have you ever thought of God being Female?

 

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ONE:  Abba Father

  • Father, Son & Holy Spirit
  • Holy King
  • Lord Over All
  • Mighty Warrior

We are comfortable with male names and descriptors and they were appropriate for the people and culture that the Bible was written for. Jesus himself called God his Father many times and when modeling how to pray, addressed God as “Our Father in Heaven.”

TWO: God is Not a Man

Even though our minds cannot comprehend the existence of an eternal being without a body or gender and without the confines of time and death, God considers us in our human fragility and wants to connect with us.  God wants to be KNOWN.  Psalm 25:14 says “The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.  He teaches them his covenant.”

he global average person is not a male and is not American.  Throughout history, the language of patriarchy was understood and it supported the present structures of families and society as a whole.  But what if the image of a Father is not drawing people in to his Church today?

 

THREE:  God Our Mother

The images picked by God include a nursing mother (Isaiah 49:15), a midwife (Psalm 22:9-10), and as one who gives birth (Isaiah 42:14, Psalm 131:2).

Different descriptions and names may help different people break through their walls of hurt and sin and fear to become reconciled to God, brought into the family of believers.

 

APPLICATION:

  • God is Universal
  • God is EternaL
  • God is Beyond Gender
“People described God in feminine terms, not because God is actually a woman, but because feminine or maternal traits say something true about God and their experience with God.” – Dr. Lynn Japinga
Let us remember that this is not something new or revolutionary, but rather God’s way of helping us understand what the character of God is. God sees you, cares for you, and loves you like a Mother.

 

 

 

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