Scripture: Genesis 18: 17-19; NIV, Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? v18) Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. v19) For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him.”
Food For Thought:
“A Father’s instruction.” The instruction and discipline of a father is the perfect example of our father Abraham. It would be an ideally wonderful thing if every father cared for and raised his children in the way in which Abraham raised his children. The violence and tragic deaths of our young people would not be as pronounced as it is in our homes, schools, and on our city and urban streets.
The definition of a father is one who begets, feeds, and supports or exercises paternal care over another. God is called the Father of Creation; the Father of Adam; Adam is called the father of the human race; Abraham is called the father of the Israelites; and then, called the father of all believers. He was an early believer, and a pattern of faith and obedience for sons and daughters to model. Proverbs 10: 1; NIV “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.” Fathers and mothers are to train up their children in the way they are to go. They do this through discipline and instruction through the fear and admonition of the Lord.
One of the greatest responsibilities of both parents is to encourage their children to become wise. Proverbs 4: 1; NIV “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.” King Solomon tells how his father, King David, encouraged him to seek wisdom when he was young and tender (Read 1 Kings 2: 1-9; – 1 Chronicles 28: 29; for David’s charge to Solomon). The strong discipline and wise instruction of the fathers, in many cases are the missing link lacking in the homes today. And, as a result of this, the gangs, drugs, sexual devices, and the streets of our cities and urban communities are raising our young sons and daughters, and many of them know very little or nothing at all about God and His Word. What’s very sad about this picture is that parents are giving their children the choice of going to church or hanging out with their buddies.
Both parents and children have a responsibility to each other. Children should honor their parents even if they are overly demanding and somewhat unfair. And, parents should care gently for their children, even if they are disobedient and unpleasant. (Read Ephesians 6: 1-4; dealing with children and parents). However, I believe that Christian children have an obligation to model the type of character before the un-Christian children so that, they can plainly see correct behavior by both parents and children. Not a sermon just a Father’s day thought. For prayers, you can contact me on the church phone number (301-769-2966 or my Cell number 240-427-8585)
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+ Lee Roy McDuffie, Sr.
Bishop Lee Roy McDuffie, Sr., Th.B, B.S.