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Discover the Book - May 24, 2007

  • 2007 May 24
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JOY OF A WORD FILLED FAMILY SERIES

 

 

How to be a Father of the Word

Part 2

 

 

v     HABIT NUMBER TWO:  OBEDIENCE NOAH OBEYED

So Job was a great dad because he PRAYED! Next we need to look at one element of another great dad's life. The dad was Noah, the element is the one word that sums up his life. NOAH OBEYED.

Fathers of the Word will be like Noah who warned his family. Turn to Heb. 11:7, the inspired writer condenses Gen. 6-9 into one verse. Noah:

·        Believed God “by faith

·        Stayed in touch with God, “being warned of things”, had spiritual perception.

·        Obeyed God, “prepared a what?  Ark?!”

·        Had the respect of family, “saved house”. 

·        Called sin what it was and sinners who they were!

·        Saved by faith!

Listen to the inspired biography of Noah's life in Hebrews 11.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (NKJV)

There are several ways Noah expressed this godly attitude of obedience. Join me in v. 7 as we take apart the keys to a life of obedience.

First, NOAH Believed God “by faith”

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (NKJV)

 

Second, NOAH Stayed in touch with God “being warned of”.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (NKJV)

This means he was in spiritual contact with God (through God's Word and prayer as he listened to God). All this led to spiritual perception of God's will for Noah's family. I hope everyone of you hearing my voice will want to know for certainty God's will for your family so that you can obey it!

Thirdly, NOAH Obeyed God  “prepared a what?” It was 450 x 75 x 45 or 1,518,750 sq. feet. This equals 569 R.R. Stock cars, of which 208 could hold the 21,000 land animals of the 1,072,300 total species. The average land animal is the size of a sheep.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (NKJV)

Fourth, NOAH Led his Family: he saved his house Genesis 6:9     This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. (NKJV) they went along with his project alone in the whole world! Why? Because he was living a life of integrity in world and at home.

Finally, NOAH was unafraid to point out sin! He was confronting the whole world of sin and standing against it, longest sermon 100 years.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (NKJV).

NOAH Lived by faith.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (NKJV)

So, #2, Fathers of the Word will be like Noah who saved his family by warning with word and example!

Believing God (starts)

Being in communion/contact with God (continues)

Obeying God (always)

Living a life of integrity in world and at home

Confronting the whole world of sin and standing against it, longest sermon 100 years.

Ends as an heir of faith

So, Job prayed.  Noah obediently warned.

v     HABIT NUMBER THREE:  LEADERSHIP ABRAHAM DIRECTED

ABRAHAM COMMANDED the direction of his family!  

Genesis 18:19 "For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him." (NKJV)

So what was it God admired about this man of faith? Abraham commanded his family to look beyond the passing fancies of this world system, beyond the materialism of the day (in Ur of the Chaldees). That meant for him to forsake gods of this world; system: sun god, moon god. And it meant to obey the true and living and only God!!

God chose him to “command his family”.  Does he?

·        21:1-8               obey God’s rules

·        21:9-21            have genuine loving personal concern for each

·        22:1-12            sacrifice all for God, even best, closest and most precious

So, then does he command them by example?  Yes.

Obey God’s rules

Be transparent and genuine in love

Lay it all (literally as in Isaac) on the altar

How did he do that? Look at Hebrews 11:8-10

IF GOD SAID GO HE WENT!

Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the Promised Land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

IF GOD SAID LEAVE IT ALL (Materialism) HE DROPPED IT!

Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the Promised Land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

IF GOD SAID WORSHIP ONLY ME HE DID!

Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the Promised Land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

But let’s look at the condensed version again, Heb. 11:8-10:

God said go  - he went

God said leave materialism  - he did

God said give up those gods  - he did

God said obey me  - he did

So, fathers of God’s design will be like Abraham who commanded his family to

(1) Get out of this world system headed away from God and toward judgment;

(2) Leave the quest for things and start seeking the only things that last -- God’s kingdom; and

(3) Forsake those gods and bow to the living and true God! 

Let’s get specific:  There is still a world system to renounce dads.  Are you doing so? 

·         Egalitarianism (all equal) - God says equal worth, not equal responsibility; relativism (no absolutes) - God says yes!

·         Exploitationism (get all you can; gusto; go for it)

·         Hedonism (please me now!)

·         Materialism (life consists in multitude, quality and possession of things and privileges)

But there is still not only a world and its system to renounce, but a kingdom to seek! Dad, do live for things eternal:

·         Read the Word of God

·         Lead family

·         Serve in church

·         Reach out to lost

Remember there are still many gods to give up.  Many of Satan's ways permeate this world. Just a few are:

·         Substance abuse for gratification

·         Sexual license for gratification

·         Sounds of sin -- language and music of rebellion, wickedness and occultism .

Finally there is a final portrait of a bad dad. His habits led to God's curse upon his family. We could say, fathers of the Word won’t be like Eli.

He held in children in higher esteem than the Lord!

1 Samuel 2:29

29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’

DANGER SIGNS OF A BAD DAD

Sometime turn to I Samuel 2 today and jot down these verses to read:

Eli lacked:

Discretion is vital to God. It appears Eli had a lack of discretion (staring at woman)

1 Samuel 1:12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.

Discernment is vital to God. It appears Eli had a lack of spiritual discernment (thought woman praying was drunk)

1 Samuel 1:13-18  Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.”  15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”  17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”  18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

Disciplining our children is vital to God. God said that Eli participated in sons’ sins because he did not rebuke them

1 Samuel 2:29  Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’

Confronting sin in our home is vital to God. God rebukes Eli because he continued to resist confronting sin in home

1 Samuel 3:13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them.

Personal discipline is vital to God. Eli lacked self restraint and God judges him.

1 Samuel 4:18 When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man and heavy. He had led Israel forty years.

How can we summarize the danger signs of a bad dad? Eli had:

·         Preoccupation with an occupation to the exclusion of family needs.

·         Refusal to face the severity of his children's actions

·         Failure to respond quickly and thoroughly to the warnings of others.

·         Rationalizing the wrong thereby becoming part of the problem.

 

 

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