Summary: Fathers are in Covenant with God

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My Father’s God: A Godly Man as a Patriarch

Exodus 15:2; Hebrews 11:23

Some of us did not have godly fathers but we are a new generation with God’s call to holiness! We are to have an authority that is heavenly. We are men who are pressing our way forward to God’s higher call, "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, {we} press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."(Phil 3:13-14). The social structure described in the Old Testament is known as a "patriarchal" society. The word patriarchy means "the rule of the father." The father commanded a high position in the family of Old Testament times and his word was law. The father was responsible for the spiritual well being of the family. In the earliest ages, the father functioned as the priest of his family, sacrificing on their behalf (Gen. 12:8; Job 1:5). The father was to be the religious leader in the home. This involved the training of the children in godliness (Ex. 12:3, 26-27; Proverbs 22:6; Eph. 6:4).

Your sons and daughters will worship what you worship. The role of father is the most important role in the spiritual welfare of the home. If a father is to have authority in his home he must love God with his entire being (Deut 6). "Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked." (Deuteronomy 10:15-16)

They see themselves as someone ancestor in covenant with God or the descendant of men who are in God’s covenant. They are covenanters, "that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant." (Isaiah 56:6). This is a pact God has initiated with fathers based on his promises. We have God’s sworn commitment to us as fathers and we have pledged all we have and are to him in love and truth. "O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance: When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." (Ps 105:6-15).

Amram: A Quiet But Godly Dad

"Great men of God were your fathers, and Christ himself was one of you, a Jew so far as his human nature is concerned, he who now rules over all things. Praise God forever!" (Rom 9:5TLB). We do not see Amram at the Nile River pushing the basket with his son Moses in it committing him to God’s mercy. We never read any of his words. We do not see Amram’s actions, but we hear his quiet unity with his wife and his godly concern for his family very loudly.

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