Does Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, have literal ‘daughters’?
No you say? Well, God the Father has no literal ‘Son’ either. The idea is preposterous and sounds like blasphemy ….
Yet, when people approach Christ in faith they symbolically become children, i.e. sons and daughters of God. God uses the analogy of family (father-mother-child) to illustrate one aspect of the relationship He creates with believers. This analogy points to the Trinity: God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost as mother (comforter).
When God calls us ‘son’ or ‘daughter,’ He acknowledges ownership. He claims, cares for, and protects us. Being a child of God also gives us a sense of direction and purpose. We don’t have to wonder why we’re here. We can desire, speak, and act in loving response to God ….
And as children share the same home as their parents; we will one day enter God’s eternal home, heaven. As sons and daughters of God, we can tell an unbelieving world who we belong to, why we’re here, and literally where we’re going …..
God frequently calls a believer ‘son’ in the Bible. His calling a believer ‘daughter,’ however, occurs just three times in the Bible. First, God prophesies that he will bring his daughters “from the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 43:6). A second reference appears in the story of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34). Finally, if we separate ourselves from unclean things, God says, “I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18).
Jesus used the phrase ‘daughter of Abraham’ to describe a woman with a bent back (Luke 13:16). He addressed her as ‘woman’ — a word Jesus also used for His own mother and Gentile believers (13:2). Jesus used the phrase ‘daughters of Jerusalem’ to address those weeping for Him on the Via Dolorosa (Luke 23:28), an explicit reference to Song of Solomon. However, only once in the Gospels did Jesus address a believer as ‘daughter,’ i.e. of God …..
A rich Jewish woman from Capernaum had an issue of blood for twelve years and spent all her money on doctors but grew no better (Mark 5:25-26). When she learned that Jesus was in town, the woman touched the hem of His garment by faith and was healed instantly (5:27-29). When Jesus heard her story, He told the woman, “Daughter, your faith has made you well” (5:34).
This sick woman was ostracized from society according to Jewish law (Leviticus 15:25-30). Any female with a blood discharge was considered ‘unclean,’ as was everything she touched. All those who touched her were made ‘unclean’ until evening and had to bathe ….
Not until after the blood stopped, she counted seven full days, and then let a priest offer sacrifice on the eighth day could a woman be considered ‘clean’ and re-enter the temple for worship, as well as society …..
The general knowledge of Jewish law in first-century Israel meant just one thing. This sick woman made everyone she touched that day ceremonially unclean, including Jesus. She knew it, Jesus knew it, and everyone around Him knew it. Because of this fact, she may have feared Jesus would reject her, but He didn’t …..
First Jesus healed the woman. Then he called her ‘daughter.’ He did all this in the presence of Jairus, a synagogue leader who had asked Jesus to heal his own daughter, who was sick and at the point of death (Mark 5:22-23). Jesus’ acts were revolutionary, His methods radical, and His unconditional love and forgiveness unheard of ….
Jesus knew that this woman needed spiritual comfort beyond physical healing. Sick for twelve years, she knew she could not go to the temple or synagogue for worship. She may have felt that God had abandoned her. She did not know then that her sickness and resulting ostracism were chosen by God as a fiery trial of affliction. It prepared her for a great act of faith — touching the hem of Jesus’ garment in the marketplace. By calling her ‘daughter,’ Jesus reminded her that she was still a child of God, and still loved by a heavenly Father who cared for her when no one else did …..
In studying this, I discovered this woman had an issue of blood for twelve years. Jairus’ sick daughter was twelve years old. Was this an accident? I think not. God prepared this meeting: the sick woman, Jairus, and Jesus. By calling this woman ‘daughter,’ Jesus stamped her act of faith with divine approval. Everyone watching and listening needed to know and believe that she was a true child of God ….
Faith alone is the key to God’s heart, spiritual riches, and claim of ownership — not race, ethnicity, gender, age, or social status. God doesn’t see people as we do. He sees the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Does any of this strike a chord with you? For me it was monumental. I have been deemed damaged, unworthy, and even thought myself unacceptable ….
However, we are all born daughters of Eve. Through a life of sin, we become symbolic daughters of Egypt and of Babylon. After we are born again through faith in Christ, we become spiritual daughters of God, of Zion, and of women of faith like Sarah, just as we are (1 Peter 3:6).
Unlike the world, God takes excellent care of his daughters. He makes us “glorious within” so that our “clothing is of wrought gold” (Psalm 45:13). God washes, anoints, clothes, and adorns us with jewels and a crown (Ezekiel 16:8-14). He won’t pass us through the fire for strange sacrifices (Leviticus 18:21), (Deuteronomy 18:10), (2 Kings 17:17), (Jeremiah 32:35).
God cherishes us and won’t defile us, use us, lie to us, or sell us into prostitution either (Leviticus 19:29). You may gasp and think “oh no way — that doesn’t happen” –but I tell you by the word of my testimony that I am a living witness to these events ….
Instead, He prepares us as a bride for His best – Jesus Christ, King of Kings (Isaiah 62:11), (Zechariah 9:9).
God loves His spiritual daughters and wants His best for them. The question is, do we love and want God’s best for ourselves?
Dear heavenly Father, it is with great sadness that I have witnessed the increasing rebelliousness of youth in my own precious daughters and the aching pain in my heart is so intense that at times I feel numb with helplessness and sadness …
Lord, You know only too well how easily and insidiously the world and the flesh influences young people and captures the heart and minds of today’s youth; and my anguish is greatly surpassed by my inability to help the daughters that You gave me understand Your Word and the importance of obedience to that Word. I greatly praise You Father for blessing me with my daughters — whom I love so dearly but who has for too long been sliding into defiant disobedience ….
Forgive me that I did not know You my Lord, nor recognize and address this issue much sooner and forgive me Lord, that I did not train up my daughters in the best possible way, and I ask that even now; You would forgive me and lay that charge on me ….
I humbly ask and pray that You would help them to develop a Biblical mind-set and a mature, godly character… nevertheless I know that You are a God who cares for each of Your children and I lay the life of my daughters before You now, and ask You to help me to correct my own lack in parenting and to help us mend our fractured relationship. Heal our hurting hearts I pray, and draw us together in the bond of peace and love …..
Father I pray that whatever it takes — You would change me into the parent that You would want me to be so that in Your strength I may be enabled to restore our relationship. And Lord I also pray that whatever it takes You would address my daughters rebellion against authority and her disinterest in spiritual matters. Into Your capable hands I commit my own life and the future of my daughter’s lives, as well as that of my six granddaughters – and I trust You to do a good work in us all, to Your praise and glory …..
Loving Lord and heavenly Father, I thank You with all my heart for the opportunity to be called Your child — Your daughter. I pray that Your grace and mercy would be poured on me in such abundance and that I would grow in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ……
I thank you for my two beautiful daughters. May they be surrounded by Your peace, protected by Your strength and find their hope and joy in You alone. Give them ears that are responsive to Your voice, eyes that look to Jesus as their Saviour and a heart that responds to Your grace so that they learn to abide in You and rest in Your unfathomable love …..
Bless our mother-daughter relationship and give me wisdom to teach and train them right now, and yet help me to be prepared to step back when it is time for them to spread their wings and not stifle their creativity ….
Give them a heart of compassion and generosity towards others; a heart that is willing to help with cheerfulness and grace and may each learn to give comfort, love, and encouragement to others when they see a need. Bestow on both women godly wisdom and discernment and may they develop a teachable spirit and a heart of thanksgiving and praise to You as they grow to know You as I do ….
I do praise You dear Father for giving me these precious daughters of mine for the seasons of my lives that I had them – thank You Father in Jesus name I pray, Amen ….