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Covenantal Families


The following is the fifth lesson in the series of lessons that Candy and I are presenting in our Covenantal Families/God and Government classes. I gave this particular lesson which although was for both fathers and mothers, it was specifically a charge to fathers. 
Let me just take a moment to encourage the mothers. If you are not sharing these lessons with your husbands and encouraging them to teach these to your children, you are doing a disservice to your family, for these are designed to help equip fathers to disciple their families. Certainly, however, if your husband is not willing to teach your children, I would encourage you to use these lessons with your children, but continue to pray diligently that God place His Spirit in your husband so that he is able to lead as God commands.
 
Fathers, I am greatly distressed when I look at ourselves and realize how miserably we have failed at discipling our children. We have lost our vision and our moorings. Men, it is not enough to work hard to provide for our family’s physical needs. Although it is our duty to provide for our family, let me reiterate that making money is not the most important thing. As a matter of fact, if we do not turn our hearts back to God and return to His design for our lives, we will not possess liberty to spend the money we work so hard to acquire. I believe, along with many other leaders in the homeschooling movement, that if we do not get our priorities in line with God’s Word—that means our homes in order—we will not last another generation. Consequently, our children will either bow down in submission to a tyrannical government or die confessing Christ. The only way to change the course that is unfolding before our eyes is to lay down our lives before God and set the course according to His Word. 
 
Are you going to commit your life to serving Christ? That does not mean going to church once or twice a week and having a quiet time every morning. In just a few short years, your children will have children of their own. Fathers, how are you preparing your sons for their most important role in life? Fathers, quit being so selfish. These are crucial times. STAND UP AND BE MEN!
 
Unfortunately, our own fathers dropped the ball. I learned the importance of my role as father and how to lead and how to disciple my children late in life—after I had children of my own. But thankfully God drew my heart to Him and gave me that understanding shortly after I had children. However, we must do better, fathers, much better than that for our own sons. We know differently, and we must be diligent in discipling our children when we rise up and when we walk along the way and when we lie down. Will your children remember you walking with them? Will they remember quite clearly all the time you spent discipling them? Will they in fact remember that there was not a time when you were not discipling them? For God will require an account of our time, every minute in fact. He will demand an answer to “Where wast thou?” (Job 38:3,4). So let us gird up our loins and act like men of God, who know their God and follow Him with a willing heart and a willing mind!
 
God tells us in Matthew 13:45,46 that “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
What is your most valuable possession? Consider that one of your children might spend eternity damned. I do not want to be like Eli whose family was wrenched out from underneath him because of his sin of negligence. How short is our vision, men? When I talk of my children and when I disciple my children, I am doing it for future generations. What are you doing today in training your children for their role as parents? 
Titus 1:6-9 sets the course for all men that they be “above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion… as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” 
Titus 2:7,8 “In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” 
 
What the world admires, we had better flee. Our responsibility is to seek out God’s revelation of what we are supposed to be. I want to be like Abraham, who 400 years from now will possess a multitude of descendants whom God is still leading. Is God putting in your heart the desire for godly children, or is your vision from here to the wall: “I can’t wait to leave this room so that I can do my own thing?” Philippians 3:7,8 “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.” 
 
What is consuming your life? When you wake up, what do you think? Do you think, “What can I do to please myself today?” How are you training your children? Men, we must concentrate on these thoughts each and every day because they do not come naturally to us. We must look to eternity, for “…the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Men, the things that we naturally strive for are not going to last. Hear me, not one of them is going to last. You need to grasp hold of that truth. Grab hold of the things that are not seen. For whatever you grab hold of will surely be your god and will either take you to heaven or to hell. What I see are fathers grabbing hold of the temporal and not the eternal. God help us! 
 
Where are our hearts, men? Are they on our families and our training of them? Where is your sacrifice for your children? Do you understand how I grieve over the fathers I talk with who do not study the Bible, who do not study doctrine, who do not study history, who do not read anything, not even their Bibles; who allow their wives to homeschool their children but have not given it a second thought after once giving their approval; fathers who do not disciple their children throughout the day, who don’t even read the Bible with them each day and pray with them. We are in a crisis where our children are not going to survive if we do not change. Are you like Eli who says, “Well, if it is God’s will, so be it”? If we do not turn our hearts from ourselves and back to our children, we will most assuredly perish, and rightly so.
 
One way or another we are leading our family by example. We are either giving our children the example of selfishness or of sacrificial serving. What are you doing with your life? You cannot just tell your children what they should do, you must set the example. Paul did not just teach—his life set the example—of sacrifice and servitude. If you are only professing with your lips but not living by example and being a doer of the Word, your heart is far from Him, and you are going to hell. The crisis is not out there somewhere in America; the crisis is right here in our hearts. 
 
Therefore, it is imperative that we move speedily! Flee from selfishness. Daily examine your heart and your actions. Pray that God give you the desire to do what is right. Our duty is to learn what God expects of us and put His commands into practice and pass them on to our own sons. God’s Law demands total commitment and total obedience; anything less is apostasy. 
 
So exactly where are we today? We are on the Omaha beach with a sheer wall before us. Men, it takes men to take the wall, for we are engaged in a life and death struggle. The bombs are coming right at us, so we must move forward as one. And as those fall beside us, we must close ranks and continue to move forward. If we fail to make the climb, but just stand on the beach, we are doomed; therefore, we must take the wall! 
 
It is not about, “Should I eat popcorn or peanuts when I watch the football game?” It is not about, “Will I take this son to his baseball game or this son to his soccer game?” We have been relaxing for the last 100 years. Our fathers’ fathers dropped the ball. It is our responsibility to pick up that ball and charge down the court with that ball. It is our responsibility to train our children that our children’s children know God’s Word. It was not just Abraham that God commanded to train up his children, but the children after him. When we go to Deuteronomy, we see the faithfulness of covenantal living reaping blessings, while infidelity reaps curses. 

A. As discussed earlier, family is the foundation of dominion. As marriage is the first covenant God makes with man and the very foundation of taking dominion of the earth for God’s glory, it is for the purpose of filling the earth with His glory, and thus covenantal families are the means by which He uses to continue that covenant. As such, the first command He gave to Adam and Eve was to fill the earth. Let us remember, too, that the first component of a covenant is transcendence meaning “independent of this world, existing above and apart from the material world.” It is divine in that it is established by God. In this sense, we must realize that it is not of ourselves that we bring forth children, but it is God who gives children to us. Furthermore, let us gratefully acknowledge God’s goodness to us by blessing us with offspring.
 
1. Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” 
 
2. Genesis 4:1 “Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, ‘I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.’” 
 
3. Psalm 139:13 “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”
 
4. Isaiah 44:2,24 “Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb…”
 
5. Job 31:15 “Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same one fashion us in the womb?” 
 
6. Jeremiah 1:4,5 “Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.’” 
 
7. Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
 
8. Genesis 29:31 “Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.” 
 
9. Genesis 30:22 “Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb.” 
 
10. Genesis 16:2 “So Sarai said to Abram, ‘Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children…’”
 
11. Ruth 4:12 “…through the offspring which the LORD will give you by this young woman.” 
 
12. 1 Samuel 1 “Now there was a certain man…Elkanah…He had two wives…Hannah and…Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children…the LORD had closed her womb. Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb…She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, ‘O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.’…the LORD remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I have asked him of the LORD.’…Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh, although the child was young…and brought the boy to Eli. She said… ‘For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition, which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD.’”

B. Children are essential to the preservation of the covenant for taking dominion of the earth for the LORD; thus, we must maintain a multigenerational vision. For we are not to be shortsighted, but we are to remain faithful to our responsibility that our children’s children will know the Law of the Lord and dwell in the preservation therein. Just as God chose Abraham to command his children to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness, so, too, are we, as heirs of Abraham according to the promise, to command our children to keep the way of the LORD. Certainly we are seeking a godly posterity, like arrows in the hand of a warrior for the destruction of paganism and everything raised up against the knowledge of God.
 
1. Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” 
 
2. Galatians 3:29 “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” 
 
3. Malachi 2:15 “…And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring…” 
 
4. Isaiah 65:23 “They will not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they are offspring of those blessed by the LORD and their descendants with them.” 
 
5. Isaiah 65:9 “I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and an heir of My mountains from Judah; even My chosen ones shall inherit it, and My servants will dwell there.”
 
6. Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”
a.When we see parents abdicating their duty to raise up godly warriors, we often comment, “What we could accomplish with that many children.” More children means more hands and feet to serve the entire family in taking dominion for God. Children are an inestimable asset and tremendous blessing! 

C. Children, then, are an essential tool for prospering the Church. Ultimately, it was Christ that bruised the serpent on the head, but as He is the head of the church, so, too, we as members of His Church Body take dominion of the earth for Christ through His church. 
 
1. Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”

This includes taking physical dominion of the land. Consider that when God commanded His children to take physical dominion of the land of Canaan by disposing the evil inhabitants, by populating it, cultivating and keeping it, there were 600,000 men to conquer those pagans. 
 
1. Genesis 12:1,7 “Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you’…’to your descendants I will give this land…’”
 
2. Genesis 15:18 “On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.’”
 
3. Exodus 23:31 “I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.” 
 
4. Joshua 21:44 “And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand.”
 
5. Deuteronomy 1:8,10,11 “See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.…The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number. May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you just as He has promised you!”

OUR COVENANTAL DUTY

A. Another component of the covenant is ethical—a system of moral standards which comprise God’s commands and prohibitions; and promise of permanence or continuity, that bond between God the Father and His children, whereas covenant keepers constituted His legitimate heirs; covenant breakers were illegitimate, and therefore, disinherited. For God created the institution of family to be one of continuity accordingly based on family member’s faithfulness to His covenant. Faithfulness, then, is the very spirit of the covenant. Consequently, covenant keepers are rewarded with blessing, while covenant breakers are punished with cursing. Therefore, because of Adam’s unfaithfulness to His Father’s law, Adam was disinherited and driven out of the garden. And as such, when Cain killed Abel, he, too, was disinherited and driven from his family, again, because he broke the family covenant. And as we see throughout scripture, only those who are faithful to God obtain legitimacy to receive a reward established by an inheritance; subsequently, those who are unfaithful and rebel against God’s laws are disinherited and driven away from God’s presence. Thus as biblical continuity is based on the covenant, so inheritance is based on the covenant, and not on blood. The continuity of this is clearly seen in the reward of heaven and the punishment of hell. All men come from God, yet not all men are His children because of the covenant of grace. Those who, by grace, keep His law, receive their reward in heaven just as those who break His law, and thus the covenant, receive their just recompense of condemnation to everlasting punishment in hell. Furthermore, when we realize that our purpose is to glorify God and fill His earth with His glory, we realize the importance of giving the inheritance only to those who will faithfully execute their roles to fill the earth with His glory. Just consider the import of this law and the efficacious effect this would bring in promoting the gospel. If Christian parents, instead of idolizing their rebellious sons and daughters, would in obedience to God, give God’s provision to godly offspring, who in turn would use it to glorify God, God’s kingdom would greatly increase. Personally, we teach our children that they will receive a monetary inheritance from us and a spiritual inheritance from their heavenly Father only if they remain obedient. As we demonstrated earlier, the Puritans clearly understood this law, that the earth belonged to God’s legitimate heirs and thus determined and labored to claim their rightful inheritance.
 
1. Genesis 3:23,24 “Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” 
 
2. Genesis 4:8-16 “…Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ And he said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’ He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.’ Cain said to the LORD, ‘My punishment is too great to bear! Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth’…Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD…”
 
3. Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.”
 
4. 1 Corinthians 15:50 “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”
 
5. Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” 
 
6. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, not thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 
 
7. Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?”
 
8. Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.” 
 
9. Romans 2:5-11 “But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.” 
 
10. 2 Corinthians 11:12-15 “But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.”
 
11. Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” 
 
12. Colossians 1:9-12 “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”
 
13. Acts 20:32 “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
 
14. 1 Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
 
15. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” 
 
16. Leviticus 26 “You shall not make for yourselves idols…You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD. If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce…I shall also grant peace in the land…you will chase your enemies…So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you….Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you…I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”
 
17. Deuteronomy 7:9,12,13 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments….Then it shall come about because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers. He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb…”

B. Several weeks ago I taught on Joseph, who when seduced by Potiphar’s wife, said, “How can I sin against God?” God’s Law was not written down yet, so how did Joseph know God’s Law? His father and his father’s father were faithful to pass it on from one generation to the next generation. Joseph knew what God required of him because of his father’s father and his father’s diligent instruction! As Abraham’s heirs, we, too, are responsible for passing down and training up our children in the Law of the LORD! So as it is the sacred duty of each generation to train up the next generation for serving the Lord. God, throughout His entire Word, points us to the Hebrew method of parental discipleship. First, by the very essence of God’s triune Being, that of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, by God personally instructing His children, Adam and Eve, commanding them to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth, to subdue the earth, and keep the garden. God the Father also personally instructed His children Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses… And then He dwelt among His children in the wilderness. God redeemed the Israelites by purchasing them with the atoning blood of the Passover lamb. He took them as His people to be their God and led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. And He fed them with manna from heaven and quenched their thirst with water from a rock. This is true for us as well! God has redeemed us by purchasing us from our bondage of sin with the atoning blood of Christ—our Passover Lamb. He creates us, gives us life through the atonement of His Son, leads us, feeds us with the Living Bread of Life, and satisfies our thirst with rivers of living water. God is truly our Father and we, His sons and daughters. 
 
1. Leviticus 26:11,12 “Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”
 
2. Deuteronomy 23:14 “Since the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore, your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you.”
 
3. Exodus 4:22,23 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn. So I said to you, ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.”‘”
 
4. Exodus 13:18,21 “Hence God led the people…The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.”
 
5. Deuteronomy 8:2-5 “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you…He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna…Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.”
 
6. 2 Samuel 7:8,14 “Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts… “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men.”‘”
 
7. Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.”
 
8. Matthew 5:16,45 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven…so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…” 
 
9. Matthew 6:31-33 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ …for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 
 
10. 2 Corinthians 6:16 “…I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 

C. This father/son relationship is also clearly displayed in Christ’s relationship with His Father. 
1.John 4:34 “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.’” 
 
2. John 5:19,20,30,36 “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing…I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me…But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.”
 
3. John 8:28,38 “So Jesus said, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me….I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.’” 
 
4. John 10:25,38 “Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.…but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.’” 
 
5. John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
 
6. John 14 “…believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places…I go to prepare a place for you…I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me…I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son…I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper…He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him…the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me…I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I…so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.” 
 
7. John 15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit…As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me…My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit…Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you…If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love…all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you…He who hates Me hates My Father also…they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.”
 
8. John 16 “…I am going to Him who sent Me…All things that the Father has are Mine… I came forth from the Father…I am leaving the world again, and going to the Father.”
 
9. John 17 “Jesus spoke these things, and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do…I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them…I come to You Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me…I have given them Your word…Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world…even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.’” 
 
10. Matthew 26:39 “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’”

Does God say to Christ that when He turned 18, He did not have to listen to His Father anymore? No! Christ, as a man in His 30’s, said that He came to do the will of His Father and that He could do nothing apart from His Father. Remember—Not my will, but Thine be done?

Jesus gives us a clear example of the son’s relationship to the father. As Christians, are we not to be Christlike? How are you doing, fathers? Are you being obedient to your Father? Not my will, Father, but Thine be done! Are you sacrificing your desires so that when you lie down, when you rise up, and when you walk along the way you are training your children? Teach them; tell them! Teach them; tell them! Teach them; tell them! You are to teach your children so that 8 generations from now, your children’s children will be teaching their children the truth you taught them. 

Remember the Rechabites! Jeremiah 35:1-10;18,19 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying, ‘Go to the house of the Rechabites and speak to them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.’ Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons and the whole house of the Rechabites, and I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was near the chamber of the officials, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the doorkeeper. Then I set before the men of the house of the Rechabites pitchers full of wine and cups; and I said to them, ‘Drink wine!’ But they said, ‘We will not drink wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, “You shall not drink wine, you or your sons, forever. You shall not build a house, and you shall not sow seed and you shall not plant a vineyard or own one; but in tents you shall dwell all your days, that you may live many days in the land where you sojourn.” We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters, nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; and we do not have vineyard or field or seed. We have only dwelt in tents, and have obeyed and have done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.’…Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you; therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always.’”‘”

Can you imagine where your children will be standing 300-400 years from now? I weep at our lack of understanding! I weep at our sorrowful state of negligence. It takes a lot of sacrifice to turn from our wicked ways and diligently seek the narrow path, but don’t we want to raise up godly nations? I want to raise up a nation of godly Summers so that 400 years from now, my posterity will be standing strong in the Lord in the promised land. What do you want? And are you willing to sacrifice for it? Get down on your knees and repent. Tell God that you want to be like the Rechabites. Beseech God to give you that strength. 

D. The significance of the father/son relationship is also exemplified in Christ’s relationship with His disciples, for He walked with them, instructed them, explained everything to them, commanded them, warned them, encouraged them, rebuked them, ate with them, provided food for them, slept with them, and taught them how to pray. He even called them His children, as indeed He also calls those who are His. 
 
1. Mark 10:24 “The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!’”
 
2. John 21:5 “So Jesus said to them [his disciples], ‘Children, you do not have any fish, do you?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’”
 
3. John 13:33 “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’” 
 
4. John 11:51,52 “Now he [Caiaphas] did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.” 
 
5. John 1:12,13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” 
 
6. Hebrews 2:13 “…Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me.”
 
7. Ephesians 5:1,8 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children…for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.”
 
8. Philippians 2:14,15 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” 
 
9. 1 John 3:1,2 “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are…Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.”
 
10. 1 John 3:10 “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” 

E. Our Hebrew forefathers understood their covenantal duty to train up their children to make ready a people for the Lord, and so must we. Noah Webster defines covenant as “a mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract. In theology, the covenant of works is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man’s perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die. The covenant of redemption is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ. The covenant of grace is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that men shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.” 

The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines covenant as “compact, agreement, an association between two parties with various responsibilities, benefits, and penalties, ‘to cut a covenant’ is ‘make a covenant,’ a figure of the act to ceremonially cutting an animal into two parts, with an implication of serious consequences for not fulfilling the covenant.” Covenants are serious!

So what is our covenantal duty?
 
1. Psalm 78:1,2,5-8 “Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth…For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.” 

F. Noah Webster defines heart as “the seat of the understanding; the seat of the will.” He defines faithful as “firm in adherence to the truth and to the duties of religion. Firmly adhering to duty…Constant in the performance of duties…exact in attending to commands; as a faithful servant.” 

G.Now let us look at how God defines a faithful servant. 
 
1. Luke 12:37-47 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves…And the Lord said, ‘Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes…But if the slave says in his heart, “My master will be a long time in coming,”…the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will, and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes.’”

H. So what does God require of us? Everything!
 
1. Deuteronomy 4:9 “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.”
 
2. Deuteronomy 11:19 “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.”

Remember the bulldog, Churchill? Remember his charge, men? We will never give up! We will fight on the land and fight on the seas, and fight in the air. We will never give up! WE SHALL NEVER GIVE UP! He gave the people a hope against all apparent odds; he was a visionary leader. Fathers, it appears that all odds are against us, but we fail to understand God’s sovereignty if we look at our circumstances with that despairing perspective. For we possess the one and only mighty God who will heal our land if we fall upon our faces and repent of our selfish sins, and turn our hearts back to Him and our families. We must be bulldogs—visionary leaders who lead our own families and other families in the narrow way. This is the vision that we need to give to our children that we will never give up. We will go forward and take the wall. We will rebuild the ancient foundation. We will take dominion of our families, of our churches, of our communities, and of our country for the glory of God. 

I. Who is to instruct children? Fathers and mothers! God always refers to fathers and mothers as the instructors of their children. The Book of Proverbs is a book of instruction to make one wise, a tool for fathers and mothers to pass on God’s principles to the next generation. 
 
1. Proverbs 1 “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction…to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity…to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel…the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching…”
a. The Book of Proverbs handed down God’s principles to the next generation.
 
2. Proverbs 2 “My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding…If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity...And He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil…”
 
3. Proverbs 3 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you….Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil….How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding…Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor…She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast…My son, let them not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul…Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble…The wise will inherit honor, but fools display dishonor.”
 
4. Proverbs 4 “Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding, for I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my instruction. When I was a son to my father, tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, then he taught me and said to me, ‘Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live; acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth…Hear, my son, accept my sayings and the years of your life will be many. I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and if you run, you will not stumble. Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life…My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life…”
 
5. Proverbs 5 “My son, give attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding; that you may observe discretion and your lips may reserve knowledge…”
 
6. Proverbs 6 “…My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life….”
 
7. Proverbs 7 “My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart…Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, and pay attention to the words of my mouth…”
 
8. Proverbs 8:32,33 “Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.”
 
9. Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.”
 
10. Proverbs 12:1 “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” 
 
11. Proverbs 13:1 “A wise son accepts his father’s discipline…”
 
12. Proverbs 14:26,27 “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and his children will have refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.” 
 
13. Proverbs 15:5,20 “A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but he who regards reproof is sensible…A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.” 
 
14. Proverbs 17:25 “A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.” 
 
15. Proverbs 19:13,18,20,27 “A foolish son is destruction to his father…Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death….Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days…Cease listening, my son, to discipline, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”
 
16. Proverbs 23:15,16,19,22,24-26 “My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart also will be glad; and my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right…Listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way…Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old…The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who sires a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you. Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways.” 
 
17. Proverbs 27:11 “Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me.”
 
18. Proverbs 28:7 “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.”
 
19. Proverbs 29:3 “A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad…” 

FAITHFULNESS

A. When God speaks of leaving an inheritance to our children, He is not just referring to a monetary inheritance, but to a spiritual inheritance as well. Fathers, pay heed to the importance of leaving a spiritual inheritance to your children.
 
1. Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…”

B. Jonathan Edwards, though long passed from this earth, still speaks, as his posterity is a living testimony to their father’s faithfulness. “Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is not only the greatest of all American theologians and philosophers but the greatest of our pre-19th century writers as well. So writes Randall Stewart in his book American Literature and Christian Doctrine. An investigation was made of 1,394 known descendants of Jonathan Edwards of which 13 became college presidents, 65 college professors, 3 United States senators, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, one a vice-president of the United States, 80 became public officials in other capacities, 295 college graduates, among whom were governors of states and ministers to foreign countries.” (Portrait of a Revival Preacher by Leonard Ravenhill)
 
1. Hebrews 11:4 “…he being dead yet speaketh…”

C. When we talk about heritage, we talk about building on the shoulders of great men who have gone before us. I so often hear men say that they do not read about the men of the past. How foolish! I want to see His story in action of how God strengthened the men who gave up their lives in the fire, that while burning preached for God’s glory. We have a great cloud of witnesses that God has graciously preserved for our instruction. Men, it is foolish to cast that wisdom aside when God continually commands us to remember. Only fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

HOME: FIRST SPHERE OF GOVERNMENT

A. Home, then, is the first sphere of government where parents lay the foundation of self-government, family government, church government, and civil government. Therefore, our duty is to teach God’s law—God’s tools for dominion. 
 
1. Deuteronomy 6:1-9 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly…You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
 
2. Acts 20:27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.” 
 
3. Galatians 3:24 “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.” 

B. Considering our background, it is amazing to me that from the beginning of Candy’s and my homeschooling journey that God put it on my heart and that of my wife’s to walk according to His statutes and to raise our family in the admonition of the LORD, so that we have been in lockstep from the beginning. I cannot impress upon you enough, men, the importance of leading your families according to God’s Law, where you lead and your wife helps you in that leading. Fathers and mothers must walk, and talk, and act as one. This applies to leading, discipling, and disciplining, to the extent that when my children were younger, they knew that if their mother disciplined them for anything while I was away from home, that they would also be disciplined by me when I returned home. 

C. If men do not take hold of leadership, homeschooling will be gone in a generation. Fathers, you must lead; mothers, you must stand with your husbands where they lead. Fathers, you must disciple; mothers, you must stand with your husbands as they disciple. Fathers, you must discipline; mothers, you must stand with your husbands as they discipline. Fathers and mothers, you must stand together and operate as one. This means governing yourselves first and foremost. God does not say if you feel like it on Tuesday, you can go and prune the trees. Man’s purpose is to glorify God, and so all men will bring glory to God one way or another. That means that we can either glorify God as Pharaoh did or as Paul glorified Him. God will be glorified regardless, either in our commission of righteousness or in His judgment for our omission of righteousness. 

D. Grumbling and complaining? God says count all for joy whether it seems good to you or whether it makes you happy or not, so that you glorify Him in all circumstances. As parents lay down the foundation of all these spheres of government in their homes, your acts of commission and omission will either strengthen all three governments or destroy them. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. God’s Word is like that chain—you weaken its strength when you compromise in any one area. You cannot knock one out without destroying the whole. Therefore, your word should be law in your home—God’s Law—not to glorify yourself but God. So we must integrate the whole of God’s Word into everything that we say and do. 

So let me reiterate the importance of Deuteronomy 6:1-9: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly…You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

We are to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might and to teach God’s Law to our children every moment of our waking hours. If you say, “I cannot do that. I have to…” What is it that is keeping you from loving God and keeping His Word with all your might? 

E. Are you striving for a godly life? I constantly pray for my wife and children because I know that they could be gone in an instant. I pray for you, too, that you understand your responsibility and what you have in your family because life is but a vapor. I am ashamed of opportunities I have missed. Yet when I come home my children greet me and kiss me and ask me how my day was. Even my 21-year-old daughter and my 19-year-old son kiss me and treat me like a king. God gives back the days the locusts have eaten. We are not inherently good but inherently wicked and selfish, men; therefore, we must live with the conviction of striving for godliness. If you want your posterity to be like the Rechabites, you must strive to be like Jonadab where God’s Word is His Law. We either stand on God’s Word or fall on God’s Word. We are either covenant keepers or covenant breakers; there is no in between. It is either all or nothing. Remember Jonathan Edwards was a covenant keeper, and what that faithfulness produced. Just think what God could do with our small body of homeschoolers, if we were all faithful to keep His covenant. I cannot imagine what the fruit of this will be 20 to 30 years from now. 

F. Is your family life one of destruction? We do not have to be obviously wicked to wind up that way. We can be like the Pharisees—white on the outside while empty and wicked on the inside. God’s Law is not a pleading; it demands that we obey. God is a loving and merciful Holy Father, not some Santa Claus that L U V’s us so much that he winks at our sins. He hates sin. He hates my sin. He hates your sin. He hates all sin. 

Let’s read Deuteronomy 6 again. Deuteronomy 6:1-9: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly…You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Do you think God is serious about us teaching our children? To do this according to God’s Law, it takes fathers walking and talking and discipling their children. Our happiness ultimately depends on our submission to His perfect divine purpose for our lives, for everything is divinely ordained and divinely judged. 
 
1. Revelation 2:10 “…Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

G. Heir means “the man who succeeds, or is to succeed…one who inherits or takes possession.” What will our heirs take possession of from us?
 
1. Isaiah 61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners…so they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. Then they will rebuild…the desolations of many generations… For I, the LORD…will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed. I will rejoice greatly in the LORD…for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness…For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the LORD God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” 
 
2. Proverbs 2:1-13 “My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness.” 

To do this, fathers must walk with their children. God has raised us up for such a time as this, to pass on God’s Law and God’s vision for taking dominion for His glory! Just in the last 25 years of homeschooling, God has done great things in strengthening us in bringing up our children covenantally. 

Mothers, I have been concentrating on the fathers because it is imperative that they turn their hearts back to their families and lead as God intended. When Eve took the apple, the sin rested squarely on Adam’s shoulders because he was head of the household. Men must take the lead, but the part you play is significant as well, for as the saying goes, “The one who rocks the cradle rules the world.” But isn’t it a blessing that God placed an order to His government: God over husbands, husbands over wives, parents over children. Praise God. And isn’t it wonderful that God has drawn us and put it into our hearts to raise our children according to His design to give them a spiritual inheritance that will last for all eternity?