Summary: What our children should see in us as Fathers.
MARK 5:21-24, 35-43:
One of the name’s used to describe our God is Jehovah Shammah--THE GOD WHO IS THERE,
Many homes in American are suffering from the phantom father.
The father who is not there & even in some homes even when he is there, their not there.
Hundreds of men have fathered children, & simply walked away from the family—
Let me say fathering a child does not make a man a father.
For to carry the title of father, also carries with it great responsibilities.
Other men though living in the family, are so absorbed by there careers that they seldom spend time with the children--the effects have & are devastating, not only to the family unit, but we see its effect in our society.
Were you aware that a decade ago, the number of murders committed by teen was approx. 1000 a year, where as today it is 4000 a year.
Some would like to blame poverty, broken homes both physical & mental abuse--but as one psychologist put it there are many that come form the same back grounds that are not committing acts of violence—
Recent reports tell us:
Because of a lack of father figures in the Home-- in the past 30 years there have been:
550% increase in violent crime
400% increase in illegitimate births
200% increase in teen. pregnancies.
300% increase in teen suicide
More that 70% of all juveniles in state reform institutions come from fatherless homes.
The home doesn’t need a man in the house, it needs a father!
In this portion of scripture we are told of a man by the name of Jairus, he was a religious man, a ruler of the local synagogue, but he was also a father--
v 21 one tells us that Jesus is coming back into Capernaum—
He is coming from the tombs of gadarea-
He has delivered the possessed man--upon arriving at the shore people are eventually had been looking, waiting for him--for as he arrived, much people gathered around him.
But we now focus upon one individual--one of the rulers if the Synagogue --his position is important:
Jarius was a presiding elder of the synagogue--an assembly that included the whole community of Capernaum, his position made him one of the most prominent men of the congregation.
He was neither a teacher nor a preacher, but was responsible for the order of the synagogue service.
He was the keeper of the sacred books (which were the property of the community)--he was in a sense the president of the congregation & the administrative head of the city, The city manage so to speak.
Every service he appointed someone to lead in prayer & someone to read the scripture--if there was a visiting rabbi we would invite him to read from the scriptures & comment on them.
So here we see a man with a high social position, a man known among the people, a man of prestige & power, but a man who had a desperate need-
Sir you will never become so powerful, so popular., that will never rise so high that problems, & troubles can not reach you.
This man’s little girl, the apple of his eye, was dying
Illus. those of you that have children--you can identify this the feelings that man may have felt—
The first this I want to bring out about this man is:
1. SHE SAW HE WAS NOT ASHAMED TO SEEK OUT JESUS:
Notice he sought out Jesus--he did not send his wife, or someone else.
When you took on the role of a father, you also were to take on the responsibilities of the father, given to by the heavenly father:
Paul tells us:
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
The amp: words it this way:
FATHERS, DO NOT IRRITATE & PROVOKE YOUR CHILDREN TO ANGER [DO NOT EXASPERATE THEM TO RESENTMENT] BUT REAR THEM [TENDERLY] IN THE TRAINING & DISIPLINE & THE COUNCIL & ADMONITION OF THE LORD
It is the father’s responsibility to teach children about God, it is not the mothers, it is not even the church-
Yet many mothers & churches have had to take on the responsibility, simply because the father refuses to do it:
Sir it falls upon you to give unto your children the kind of upbringing that prepares them for living lives that are pleasing unto God.
I say again --It is the family unit, not the church that is primarily responsible for the biblical & spiritual training of the children--church & Sunday school only assist you in your training of your children:
Let me give you some instruction:
1. Dedicate your children to God --this will cause you to realize, they are a gift from God—If you don’t believe their a gift, go ask a couple that cannot have children,