“Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father; but Jesus said unto him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury the dead” (Matt. 8:21-22)
In the Bible by the words “father and mother” refer to our father and mother in a natural sense; but in the internal sense they refer to principles of good and truth from God; and in the supreme sense to the Lord himself. Jesus teaches this in Matthew:
“Jesus stretched forth His hand upon His disciples, and said, Behold My mother and My brethren; for whosoever shall do the will of My Father who is in the heavens, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother” (Matt. 12:49).
“Be not ye called Master; for one is your Master, Christ; but all ye are brethren. And call ye not your father on earth; for one is your Father, who is in the heavens” (Matt. 23:8-9);
Jesus is not literally saying you can’t call someone master, or father in the world; He is saying that spiritually our true father and master is the Lord. So what is forbidden is to acknowledge at heart that anyone other than Him is your father and Master; only the Lord has inner authority in your soul and life. The Lord alone is the inner teacher; we are tethered to Him (and to heaven) in the inner most part of our being – from our creation by Him. He knows our soul, our needs, our life, our talents in the most intimate way possible. Pastors and others can help us with wisdom, and lead us to the brink, but only Jesus can bring about the transformation of our soul.
This is a very important principle to take in because it has to do with our sovereignty. Jesus is ONE with us in our soveriengty, this is His rightful place with us, and we with Him. But some ignorant, and or corrupt pastors, parents or leaders will try to claim this authority over us that is not theirs to have. Pastors who try to unduly impose religion on others are guilty of this; Pastors who claim to prophecy things about us or our life are grabbing authority they do not have. Parents who try to unduly control the life of kids, who willfully try to make them in their own image are guilty of this. This is also what cult leaders do – try to claim authority over your inner life.
In truth, Jesus is the one with infinite wisdom and care for our soul, and He does so with perfect love and justice. Good people who submit to the the Lord can guide us and help each other, but these people are good because they know their limits and respect right boundries; and then, they duly bow to the Lord to do the rest. For instance, when a beloved on dies, the one they left behind continues to love them, and if they love truly, they know they must let go. They know from the Word their beloved is now on a journey with the Lord that they are not privy to. They inwardly know their loved one is in the place where only the Lord can help them now.
Also, I think we can all see (if we listen to inner wisdom) that everyone in heaven, when they hear the word ‘Father’ or ‘Master’, think only of the Lord. In heaven we have no more natural father or mother, and brothers and sisters. The basis of family relationships are no more there, only those who love the Lord in kinship and use are ones brothers and sisters.
“Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father; but Jesus said unto him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury their dead” (Matt. 8:21-22)
Now we can understand this scripture. So, in this scripture, the earthly father, relative to the heavenly father, is like comparing the dead to the living. This is not to insult earthly father; any father worth his salt will readily admit it. Similarly, the law of honoring our parents is natural law, and is subservient to honoring, worshiping, and loving to the Lord. Natural law descends from Divine law; in other Words, if we follow divine law the natural law falls into place, and is secondary. It is the Lord that animates all true law; He is the author of divine order and our destiny. This is why he says “Follow Me, and let the dead bury the dead’.