A. Our first example is Abraham: Genesis 18:16-22.
Remember that God called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees because of the idolatry in the land, and because God wanted to make of him a great nation through which Messiah would come. Abram’s father Terah was heavily involved in the idolatry also.
Sometimes God has to take us away from family and friends and maybe even a nation to make something out of us. Especially if there is any kind of wickedness to keep us from serving God.
Look again at the example of Abraham: God knows that he would command his family after him.
In verse 19 God said, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
He shows that fathers ought to know God’s commands, and to teach them to their children. Families practicing their faith together are well pleasing to God, and He requires that parents not only give guidance and direction, but commands that their children ‘keep the way of the Lord.’
They must realize that there is an intimate connection between their doing this, and His giving them and their children the richest spiritual and physical blessings.
God is saying that, “I know Abraham that he will command his children and his household after him.” I wonder about us?
This is one of the better qualities of Abraham’s character. He not only prayed with his family, but he taught them,
He commanded them as a man in authority, and was prophet and king, as well as priest in his own house. He not only took care of his own children, but of his entire household: his servants were also taught to be dedicated servants.
Fathers should initiate, instruct, and inspect the character and Christian manners of all under their roof. I believe this is the reason God would make known to him His purpose concerning Sodom & Gomorrah, and because he was forthcoming of his knowledge. He continually improved his knowledge for the benefit of those that were under his care. (How we need to improve our knowledge on God’s Word).
TOMORROW, WE WILL SEE OUR 2ND EXAMPLE OF, JOSHUA