Does the Father have grandchildren?

Does the Father have grandchildren? ∙

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:26

Daniel 5:18-22

 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar.

 20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.

 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone, he desires to rule over them.

 22 “You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself.

What is a grandparent? Without a degree in biology, almost anyone can answer this question. Grandparents are the biological parents of one’s mother or father. Children have direct relationships with their parents who gave birth to them. While they are related to their grandparents by birth, their grandparents did not give birth to them. Therefore, children have indirect relationships with their grandparents. Their grandparents did not give birth to them.

There are no intermediaries between the Father God and His children. Every child of the King has a direct, personal relationship with their heavenly Father. Each child of the King made an individual, personal decision to believe and accept the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result, they were given the right to become children of God. We become children of the King; we enter into a personal relationship with Him.

John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

We become children of God when we are born again. When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father gives birth to us. This birth is not physical but spiritual. It is not of the flesh but of the spirit.

John 1:13 [We] are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

John 3:3-8

 3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”

 6 “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.

 7 “So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’”

 8 “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

REFLECT & PRAY

Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk of the word so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.

Father thank You that we are Your children. You adopted us into Your Forever Family when You caused us to be born of the Spirit.

INSIGHT

Does the Father have grandchildren? No, absolutely not! The Father only has children. Faith is a personal decision that everyone must make for themselves. It is not like a human trait or inheritance passed from one generation to another. It is incumbent upon each child of the King to provide enough information, biblical instruction, and life by example to allow their children to come to faith in the Father and His word for themselves.

This is perfectly illustrated in Daniel 2-5. The Father reached out to Nebuchadnezzar in a unique way through Daniel and his three Jewish friends: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In Daniel 2, Daniel is given supernatural wisdom to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s reoccurring nightmare and tell him exactly what the dream was about. He was not some shadowy soothsayer. Instead, the Father revealed the exact contents and meaning of the vision to him. Nebuchadnezzar was impressed and amazed. Consequently, he believed in the God of Israel and His supernatural powers.

Daniel 2:47-49

 47 The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.”

 48 Then the king appointed Daniel to a high position and gave him many valuable gifts. He made Daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon, as well as chief over all his wise men.

 49 At Daniel’s request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be in charge of all the affairs of the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained in the king’s court.

Next, Daniel’s three friends refused to obey the king’s command to bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. They considered such an act of idolatry. As a result, they were thrown into the fiery furnace. The Father sent an angel miraculously to protect them. Nebuchadnezzar could not believe his eyes and believed in the Father’s great power, reality, and existence. He realized that the God of Israel was working in the space-time continuum.

Daniel 3:28-30

 28 “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

 29 . . . There is no other god who can rescue like this!”

 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar had faith in the Father, but not the kind of faith that would make him a child of the King.

In Daniel 4, because Nebuchadnezzar was proud and braggadocios, he wound up with a rare form of mental illness called boanthropy. When he finally recovered and came to his senses, he finally accepted the Father as his God.

Daniel 4:34-37

 34 “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal.

 35 All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’

 36 “When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.

 37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”

Nebuchadnezzar, the pagan king of Babylon, was now a believer in Israel’s true and living God. He had remarkably become a child of the King. But he failed to pass on his faith to his family and descendants. The handwriting was literally on the wall regarding his grandson, Belshazzar.

Belshazzar knew nothing of Daniel nor the God of Israel. He threw a great feast and, in so doing, mocked the God of Israel. A hand appeared and wrote a message on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN (Daniel 5:25).

Belshazzar was scared to death. He was told about Daniel, who had the wisdom, insight, and understanding of the gods. He summoned to the meaning of the words (Daniel 5:11-12).

Daniel 5:17-22

 17 Daniel answered the king, Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means.

 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar.

 20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.

 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone, he desires to rule over them.

 22 You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself.

The Father only has children, not grandchildren!

Daniel 5:23-24

 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!

 24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.

Daniel 5:30 That very night, Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.

Because of his pride, defiance, and refusal to believe in the true God, the God of Israel, Belshazzar was toast.

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© Dr. H 2022

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