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Are You Grateful For Your Children?

Are You Grateful For Your Children?

THE PATRIARCHS ARE BIBLICAL HEROES, yet their attempts at parenting met with scattered results. Lets walk through Genesis and reflect on their experience.

Adam had three sons. Abel was chosen, but Cain, filled with jealousy, committed fratricide. He killed his brother, the chosen one. Therefore, when Eve conceived Seth, God replaced Abel with Seth. He was the new chosen one. But God excluded Cain and all of his descendants from his promises.

Ten generations of Seth’s descendants pass and we come to Noah and the flood. Noah had three sons; Shem, Ham, and Japeth, but only Shem was chosen. God rejected Ham, and all of his descendants, for what we would consider an insignificant sin of dishonoring his father. Japeth was also rejected, but we don’t know the reason.

After ten generations of Shem’s descendants, we arrive at Terah. He also had three sons, Abram, Terah, and Haran. For reasons unknown to us God chose Abram. It wasn’t because of Abram’s faith. He was clearly an idolator when chosen (See Joshua 24:2). God didn’t choose him because he was virtuous. God chose him to make him virtuous. Nevertheless God rejected his brothers, Terah and Haran.

Abram, the father of the Jewish race, had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Despite Abraham’s intense love for Ishmael, God chose Isaac and rejected Ishmael. Isaac had twins, Esau and Jacob, and again, despite Isaac’s great love for Esau, God chose the effeminate son, Jacob. Then Jacob had twelve sons through four women. Incest, murder, deceit, and fratricide characterized his family. Nevertheless, motivated by grace, God chose Judah and Joseph.

Then Judah like his grandfather, Jacob, had twins, but only Perez was chosen. 

The conclusion is obvious. If these men of faith experienced such paltry parental results, you should overflow with gratitude and humility if all or most of your children are Believers, and hopefully, that is your experience. If it is, overflow with thanksgiving! You don’t deserve it.

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This blog is about the gospel and how it influences every aspect of Christian life. Many Christians here the word, “gospel,” and think, that’s for beginners. I want to move on to the deeper truths. But this kind of thinking is a problem. Properly understood the gospel is the deepest truth in scripture. If you knew nothing about the Bible but the gospel, but knew it really well, you would have all the knowledge necessary for a life of godliness.

The gospel reconciles Old Testament and New. It is the center of the Bible. The Old Testament demonstrates the need for it . The Old Testament predicts it. Then the four gospels record the life and death of Jesus, the Messiah, which is the gospel. Last, the epistles look back on the gospels interpreting and applying them.

The gospel is also about ultimate issues. A display of the glory of God is God’s purpose for creation and redemption. The cross of Christ, the center of the gospel, is the greatest display of God’s glory in human history. It also displays the bankruptcy of man. In sum, the cross glorifies God and humbles humanity, and this is how it should be.

The gospel informs how married couples should relate, how they should raise their children, how they should relate to other Christians, why they should evangelize, and how they should conduct themselves in the market place. It’s all there for those who have eyes to see.

The gospel is the heart and soul of the Christian worldview. It explains how we got here, why life is often problematic, and the glorious hope that God has set before all true Believers.

These subjects and others, this blog will explore. Occasionally we will address culture and politics, but the main subject will be the gospel and its application.

If you have questions or concerns my email bfarley48@gmail.com

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