Summary: We can overcome past problems and acknowledge the patterns of promise.
B David lived in a time when the moral decline seemed like it was beyond the point of no return. Psalm 11.3 TLB
1 It’s impossible to isolate ourselves from the evils of this world.
2 Ps. 11.1-3 TLB; Our Amish/Mennonite brother’s, even with their extreme views of separation from the world, can’t do it.
a Not enough caves to hide in, roads to escape down.
b We can’t fully insulate ourselves, family from the troubles of this world.
c Our security is in God (vs. 1, 4a). (Our current extremity is God’s opportunity) Revival, Outpouring, Great harvest and Great Awakening.
d At the end of this day, God’s justice will prevail (v.4b-6; We love to hear preaching about God’s love, but He is going to lay the smack down. Wrath may be the strange work of God, but it is real, nevertheless.
e The righteous will be rewarded (v.7) God is able to care for us in times of peril/trouble just as well as He does in prosperity.
3 This morning we will conclude our “Keeping Your Family Afloat (When The World Is Going Down The Drain)” series by learning what to do when the foundations are destroyed.
a We’re going to look at overcoming past problems & and acknowledging the patterns of promise.
I Past Problems
A There are various levels of legacy building listening to this message.
1 Starting out.
a You are the first Believer in your family that you know of. (Or at least you are taking your faith more seriously as those who have come before you.)
aa Young, middle age, older . . . starting out.
bb Christian newbies (students, parents, grandparents) But you want the promise! Faithfully pursue obedience to the Kingdom of God.
b Your family history maybe isn’t great (outlaws, several divorces, addiction). Join the club (for most of us)
bb Rechab was a descendent of Jethro (Moses’ Father in Law) Family was in paganism, occult.
* Grafted into Israel.
* Fast-forward & Rechab is serving in King Saul’s army & is in the transisition between Saul’s Kingdom & David’s.
* When he’s sure Saul’s descentdends will not rule, he kills Saul’s son (Ishbosheth) who is on the throne after Saul dies.
* Trying to impress David, Rechab assassinates Saul’s son in his sleep.
cc Expects honor, reward, national hero . . . David has him executed. (Harm not mine anointed)
c When you hear “Bennidect Arnold” what do you think of? TRAITOR. Every time some one heard the name “Rechab”, they thought murderer.
aa There was a shadow over Jonadab’s family name.
bb Could one man redeem the family name of Rechab & create a better legacy.
2 Starting over.
a May be “re-booting” your role as a godly parent with a second (or third) family.
b May be helping to raise grandbabies: you want the promise!
B God promised that there would be a descendent of Jonadab serving Him forever. (Somewhere, someplace, someone from Jonadab would serve the Kingdom.)
1 God was promising to preserve Jonadab’s family.
a He didn’t preserve the Northern/Southern Kingdom.