Recession-proof Christian Life
6/17/10 at 03:42 PM 0 Comments

How fathers can protect their families.

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Isaac was not as wise as Abraham in how he handled his family and I observe three basic lessons we can glean from errors that created the environment for enmity between his children to grow uncontrollably. We can have peaceful homes and marriages if we prayerfully consider some of these key points.

Genesis 27 [2] And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: [3] Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; [4] And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

Love of food/lack of self-control

I Peter 5[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Isaac speaks to Esau in Genesis 27:2 “I am going to die soon. Go and get your bow and your quiver and get some venison for me.” This old man with one foot in the grave is still thinking of food!! No wonder he lost his spiritual vision. Paul said in 1 Cor.9:27, “If I don’t subdue my body, I will preach to others and still be disqualified myself.” This is why the word of God encourages us to fast from food now and then - so that we can keep our gluttonous desires and our sexual passions under control, so that we worship God and not our stomachs. It was love of food that caused Isaac’s spiritually blindness. Similarly, love of good food that has made many preachers spiritually blind and disobedient too. Lack of self control and love of food/inability to fast in families has led to wrong judgments and many troubles.

Partiality

James 3 [17] But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Isaac’s home was also filled with partiality. Isaac was on Esau’s side and Rebekah was on Jacob’s side. Such an attitude is ideal to split a home. Esau and Jacob became lifelong enemies because of the partiality of their parents. One parent favoured one son and the other parent favoured the other. So the two boys became jealous of each other. And no doubt this separated Isaac and Rebekah too.

Stranger in the Home

Genesis 2[24] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This is a far more subtle point – we know at least that Rebekah and Isaac were not one flesh. When Rebekah left the perfidious home of Laban we see she did not leave alone... Genesis 25 [59] And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

I would have ignored this nurse, Deborah (who outlived her baby and must have been a strong influence to the crafty Jacob) - if the Bible did not make special mention of her name, burial and the memorial in her honour (only accorded to the most important) and also just before God appeared to bless Jacob again in Genesis [8] But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth. [9] And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

The end of Deborah (the nurse of his mother) coincides with the end of a phase...and the beginning of another for the adult Jacob in the most divided family in scriptures – as the story of Joseph now begins. We can only guess what the role of Rebekah’s confidant would have been and the source of the crafty manoeuvres that typified this home. If she had been a positive influence then Rebekah would have been mentored differently.

I pray for someone, may God open your eyes and heal all dimness as you begin to fast and pray for illumination and divine wisdom. I pray that you will seek God’s face to end all partiality either in your physical family or even church family. I pray that every stranger disguised as indispensable help that has not been sent by God will be uprooted by the Spirit of God.

Just as Abraham representing God the Father had a messenger - the Holy Spirit. Laban representing the Devil and the flesh also has a well trained messenger on an assignment with troubling spirits and division...May your home know peace. May a new story of victory unfold for you as the Holy Spirit visits afresh to always lead you. Amen

(This post also includes some extracts from a face book message from Christian Soldiers titled A wise man learns from his mistakes by Zac Poonen )

God bless you and have a happy Father's Day.

(Originally published as Protect your Family.)

Bode

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