God chose Abraham
simply because He knew that Abraham would instruct his children and
his household in the righteous ways of the Lord. Abraham was not
only a man of faith; he was also a faithful man. He obeyed and
carried out the instructions of the Lord. And by being a living
example, he taught his children to obey the Lord’s commandments,
statutes and percepts. Even today, this Abrahamic attribute runs
down the Hebraic race (Gen 26:5):
"Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My
charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."
God is interested in both Abraham and his
generations after him. He is vitally concerned with what Abraham did
to prepare the next generation to love and serve Him. He called
Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He made His covenant
not only with Abraham but also with Isaac and Jacob. The promises of
the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) originally given to Abraham
were renewed with his son Isaac (Gen. 26:2-5), and with his grandson
Jacob (Gen. 28:12-15).
God Made The Covenant With Abraham
Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get
out of your country, from your family and from your father's
house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great
nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall
be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will
curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the
earth shall be blessed."
God Renewed His Covenant With Isaac
God Renewed His Covenant With Jacob
Then he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold, a
ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven;
and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: "I am the LORD God
of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which
you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your
descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread
abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and
in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be
blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you
go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave
you until I have done what I have spoken to you."
Abraham fulfilled God's plans as he
faithfully directed his children and his household after him to keep
the ways of the Lord by doing right and being righteous. And the
Lord fulfilled His promises to Abraham and his descendants. This
legacy that Abraham passed down to his children continues even now.
God is not making a covenant with Abraham alone. He is making it
with his descendants also.
In Deuteronomy 6:1-13,
Moses told the Israelites before they were about to enter the
God desires to be their God, and also the
God of their sons and grandsons and thereafter. His commandments are
to be written upon their hearts. They are to impress them on their
children. Talking about the Word of God everywhere whether sitting
at home, walking along the road, lying down or getting up. That’s
teaching and training by role models and life examples. That’s the
best way to train their children in the ways of the Lord.
They spend quality time with one another.
They have 24/7 relationships. Their
relationships between one another are nurtured over meals, family
devotions, praying and playing together, seeking and finding the
Lord. This precious time together is unhurried. Walking through the
neighborhood or along a quiet path, parents and their children can
laugh, speak and listen, share and learn from one another. These
times are holy and sacred. They are commanded by the Lord!
Their parents illustrate to their children
by their life examples from day-by-day decisions and endeavours.
That’s how they reveal the living Lord to their families. That’s
give the greatest impact and impression to their loved ones from
doing daily chores to making daily choices.
In Ephesians 6:4, Paul
gave us this exhortation:
not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the
training and instruction of the Lord."
It is the primary responsibility of the
fathers to train and teach their children in the Lord, not just the
mothers, the schools and the churches! However this important task
has been totally left to the academic institutions and churches. By
outsourcing their responsibilities completely, their children are
not firmly rooted in love and in the ways of the Lord. Without the
proper foundations, their children eventually abandon their faith
and their God!
The wise counsel to all fathers is still
"Train up a child in the way he should
go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
God desires us to live the covenant
relationship with Him. He desires to renew the Abrahamic covenant
with us! This covenant requires us to obey Him so that our children
and grandchildren will know by our life examples how to live the
abundant life that God has designed us to live! The Bible is the
Textbook. Its writings are to be written on our hearts so that we
can bear the true witness to our children and their children!