“You’re the spitting image of your father.”
“You look more like your mom every day.”
Such things are said when children mirror their parents. It may be their looks, how they talk, or their mannerisms and personalities. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” we sometimes say.
A couple of weeks ago, a good friend said to my adult son, “You are becoming more and more like your dad” I’m not sure how he felt about that? But I loved it!
Is it DNA? Something genetic that gets passed down? Or is it nurturing within the family culture? We imitate those we are closest to.
Fathers and Sons
Not to bias this piece with gender, but there’s an interesting beatitude about sons and the Father in Mathew 5:9:
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the sons of God.”
It’s The Only Beatitude That:
- Requires a specific action: “the peacemakers.”
- Promises a blessing of words: “will be called”
- Connects behavior with relationship: “sons of God.”
“Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. Now when he saw the crowds…” (Matthew 4:25, 5:1)
The eight blessings were rooted in the Psalms and the Prophets. The huge crowds of Jewish people understood what he said and what it meant. For them, the diseased, paralyzed, and demon-possessed, the outcast and lost sheep of Israel, Jesus offered connection, he offered them the Father.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, for the Father embeds his divine DNA in the hearts and minds of his children.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”
Shalom is a word the Jews say when greeting and parting from each another.
It means Peace.