TEACH YOUR CHILDREN
Date: January 28
"For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him."
God was speaking to Abraham before he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. At the time, Abraham was interceding with God to preserve Sodom and Gomorrah even though these people were very wicked. It was because he wanted to save his nephew, Lot. God determined not to hide His plans and purposes from Abraham. He has known, chosen, and acknowledged him as His own. Abraham belonged to God. So God told Abraham what His plans were for Sodom and Gomorrah.
So if you belong to God, then God wants to tell you what He intends to do as well. Why does God want to reveal His plans to you anyway? Well it says in verse 19 "..so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him…" That is the purpose. God tells us His plans so that you and I will teach our sons and daughters. But what are we supposed to teach them? Verse 19b then says, "to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous." When you read the Word of God, God speaks to you. When God speaks to you, God wants you to teach your children what He has spoken.
Actually, to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous are parallel. When you do one, you are doing both. It means reading God's Word, obeying God's Word, relating to people in a godly way, etc. That's what God wants you to teach your children. But now that you know what God wants you to teach them, you should also know why God wants you to teach them this.
The last part of verse 19 says, "so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him." In other words, God is going to fulfill His promises if his children are going to do what is right. If you and I obey God, if you and I line up what we do with what God says we should do, then God is going to fulfill His promises. That's why we should obey the Lord. That's why we should teach our children to obey the Lord. God wants us to obey Him so we will reap the promises of God.
Why do some people not have the promises that God gives them in His Word? They often don't live in obedience to God's Word. So if you're not experiencing the promises of God, you have to ask yourself, "Am I living in line with God's will?"
Your relationship with other people will reflect your relationship with God. If you're right before God, then you will be right with people. That's why reading the Bible is so important. That's why we need the Holy Spirit to interpret the Scriptures to us. But in this case, Abraham had to teach his children. So we have to teach our children too. So remember this: one of the most important jobs that you have, as parents, is to teach your children the ways of the Lord and how to relate with other people in a just and righteous way. It's so important that we let God teach us His ways so that we can teach our children what God has taught us.