They told their children about the great flood, but nearly all forgot to tell them of the good God who is the Father of us all, whom we should always love and obey. Sometimes we must delegate to be a good leader.
And so Abram spoke kindly to Lot, and told him to take his servants, and flocks, and herds, and go where the pastures were good, and he would go the other way. God is love. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. They could easily live in tents, for the country was warm. The old testament tells of his persistent difficulties in following gods orders to the letter.
Listen. He was a leader of tremendous faith, passing one of the most difficult tests God ever gave a man: offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham had always obeyed God, and believed his word, and now, though he could not understand, he rose up early in the morning and took his young son, with two servants, and an ass loaded with wood, to the place of which God had told him. The next morning when Abraham looked from Hebron down toward the cities of the plain, a great smoke was rising from them like the smoke of a furnace.
Our heavenly father is an example for earthly fathers to emulate. "My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering," said his father, still obeying God, and believing His word, that Isaac should be the father of many nations. When Moses lead the Hebrews out of bondage in Egypt, he was not alone in this epic journey of faith.
"Let me not see the death of the child," she heard a voice out of heaven telling her not to be afraid. He is the author "Hope for Hurting Singles: A Christian Guide to Overcoming Life's Challenges.
Still no child came to Abram and Sarai, and Abram was almost a hundred years old, but God spoke to him again, and told him that he should be the father of many nations. Who Is God the Father Within the Trinity?
His name was Melchisedek, and he brought Abram bread and wine, and blessed him there. "Arise, lift up the lad," said the voice, "for I will make him a great nation.". Adam has much to teach today's fathers about the consequences of our actions and the absolute necessity of obeying God. When they rested at night Abram and Lot set some sticks in the ground, and covered them with skins for a tent, and near by they made an altar, where Abram offered a sacrifice, for that was the only way they could worship God when the earth was young. He took Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his nephew, and some servants, and cows, and sheep, and camels, and asses, and went into the land of Canaan. As a father, however, he favored his son, Joseph, causing jealousy among the other brothers. Follow along online with Bible verses from the message, a place to see Dr. Stanley's sermon notes, and room to take your own! The right hand man of Moses was a father to four sons, one would also become a priest; called Eleazar. Moses was the father of two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, and he also served as a father figure to the entire Hebrew people as they escaped from slavery in Egypt. God is looking for fathers who freely choose to obey him and submit to his love. Obedience is not a sprint but a marathon. He bought a field close by the oak-shaded plain of Mamre in Hebron, and there in a rocky cave he buried her. He bravely carried out the task God assigned to him.
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Abraham had left the young men at the foot of the mount, and went with Isaac to the great rock on the top of the mount.
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Scripture is filled with people we can learn much from. While he may have struggled at times Aaron continued to grow into his role a spiritual leader until his death. Today on Radio Listen to today's radio message from Dr. Charles Stanley.
Isaac must have felt that way.
He meant that sometime the Savior should be born among Abram's children's children, and that He should be the Savior of all the nations of the earth. A few years after he also went to God, and his body was laid beside Sarah's in the cave-tomb. So Sarah made cakes, and a tender calf was cooked, and these with butter, and milk, were set before the men. They were strangers, and Abraham asked them to rest beneath the tree, and bathe their feet, while he brought them food. Jesus tells the Pharisee that Moses allowed divorce only because of the hardened hearts of his people, rather then as a true interpretation of gods law. This newfound choice to follow or disobey the law was a difficult concept for some of Moses followers to accept, and these difficulties ultimately led to major amendments to gods law – like the concession of divorce.
He shows today's fathers that overwhelming tasks can be achieved when we stay close to God. Romans 4:11-13. What could be more frightening than being the father of an entire nation?
It means a lifetime of faithful devotion. Ephesians 6:4.
There were warlike people in Canaan, and once when they had carried off Lot from Sodom, Abram took his servants and herdsmen and went out to fight. But the Lord never forgets. Abraham brought the best of his lambs and cattle to offer to the Lord; but one day the Lord told Abraham to take his only son Isaac and offer him upon a mountain called Moriah as a burnt sacrifice to God. A little son was born to them, and they called him Isaac. Aaron learned day by day how to be a better teacher to his people like many fathers do in homes all over the world today.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith … "My father," said Isaac, "where is the lamb for a burnt offering?".
But they were not men of this world; they were angels, and they had come to tell Abraham and Sarah once more that their little child was sure to come. At last the Lord's promise to Abraham and Sarah came true.
How glad and grateful Abraham must have been that morning, when he came down the mountain, with Isaac walking beside him, to think that he had still obeyed God when it was hard to do so. Even the most faithful fathers have weaknesses and can fall into sin. Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. Their courage, wisdom, strength, and faith are traits every dad ought to develop.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Many fathers feel intimidated trying to follow in the footsteps of their own father. Noah stands out among fathers in the Bible as a man who clung to God in spite of the wickedness all around him. Noah was far from perfect, but he was humble and protective of his family. Job. From his father Abraham, Isaac learned the invaluable lesson of trusting God.
Aaron did not teach his people an absolute obedience to the lord, and tragically his sons Nadab and Abihu were slain by god for their disobedience. Like modern families depend on each member of the house to get daily chores and tasks accomplished Moses depended on his brother Aaron to help instil the commandments of god on his rag tag collection of freed slaves: a collection of servile people who had been used to having the laws of their captors forced on them. He was called a Prince of God by the Canaanites because he lived a true, faithful life.
God honors men of integrity and rewards them with his trust. Abraham made mistakes when he relied on himself instead of God.
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Regrettably, he strayed from God's example and ended up plunging the world into sin. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.
The people who lived four thousand years ago were very much like children who easily forget.
"A land that I will show thee," said the Lord, "and I will make of thee a great nation. ( Log Out / Then Abraham turned and saw a ram with its twisted horns caught in the bushes, and he offered it to the Lord instead of his son.
Jacob fathered 12 sons who in turn founded the 12 tribes of Israel.
"Lay not thine hand upon the lad," said the voice, "for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thine only son from me.".
Surely one of the most underrated fathers in the Bible was Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ. Job was a wealthy man who owned land, cattle and crops. No one can follow God's laws perfectly. He will even rescue and support us through our foolish mistakes. He told Abram that a little boy would be born to them, and his name would be Isaac, and God changed Abram's name to Abraham, which means "Father of many people," and Sarai's to Sarah, which means "Princess.
His love, kindness, patience, wisdom, and protectiveness are impossible standards to live up to. The Bible calls Joseph a righteous man, and Jesus must have loved his guardian for his quiet strength, honesty, and kindness. He could have resented his father for offering him as a sacrifice, yet Isaac was an obedient son.