June 20, 2004pm    Fatherís Love    Hosea 11:1-9

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church


A Fatherís love:   ďThe Day We Visited Our Sonís TombĒ

O New York, O Brooklyn, O Cypress Hills!

At last we found the tomb of our son!

Amidst heavy rains and spring chills,

We canít help but let our tears run.

Today we come from thousands of miles away,

With trembling hands, I plant chrysanthemums on the soil;

While your Ma, brother, and sisters sobbingly pray,

I recall how your childhood days were spoiled.

We all missed you for more than one-and-a-half years,

Each day I think of you twenty-odd times;

Countless occasions did I secretly shed tears,

Terribly missed is when morning sun climbs!

Ah graveyards, more graveyards we come across!

They are old ages, ancients, and horrors;

You are so young, promising, and robust,

Why select all these as your neighbors?

Day and night you are lying here as an alien soul.

By great continents and oceans we are far segregated;

When is the day your ashes we may retrieve and haul

Back to Loyola where your new tomb has been erected?

óC. B. Lim NOTE: Mr. C. B. Lim is a close friend of the author. His son was killed in a taxi accident in New York City while journeying from the Philippines to Canada. [1]


Scripture Text:  Hosea 11:1 (NIV) "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them. 5 "Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? 6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans. 7 My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them. 8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man-- the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.


A child:  Is a gift of trust from the Lord to his earthly fathers.  Trust in the father.  Trust in the Lord.  Trust in the child. 


A Father:  is a trustee of the Lord who is to follow the heavenly Fatherís example. 


1.  A Fatherís desires for his children.  A Father desires to give the best to his children, but He realizes that to give the best his child must also want the best.  Sometimes we


2.  A Fathers actions toward his child.  He wants to give them his best.   God has the best of life and eternal life to offer, but how many want it.  He takes his children by the arms and teaches them. 


3.      A Fatherís call. The more He calls the more we go the other way.  Why?  He wants to give us the best he has, but we donít realize that He cares so much. 


4.      A Fatherís patience and forgiveness.  He wants to give us every opportunity to come back.  He wants us to love Him the way He loves us. 


5.      A Fatherís discipline.  He will discipline those who He loves.  But, He chooses to not completely destroy His child.  He is not like a man, but He shows us how to love. 


6.      A Fatherís provision. The Father which art in heaven gives His one and only Son to bring many sons and daughters to himself. 


Dad taught me how to be a father.  Dad taught me how to be tough, strong, and lenient.


Dad taught me how to forgive.  When people abused him he was willing to forgive and move on with his life.  He didnít dwell on the problems. 


Dad taught me how to love.  In his right hand he is strong as an ox and in his left hand he is tender as a dove. 


Dad taught me how to be a man.  A man isnít a man until he serves the one true living God. 


Dad taught me how to enjoy life as God gives it.


Dad taught me how to be thankful.  Dad taught me how to trust the Lord. 

[1]Tan, P. L. Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : [A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers]. Garland TX: Bible Communications, 1996, c1979.