Summary: The role of a Christian father as viewed in the life of Job

Why Do We Keep Daddy Around?

Job 1:1-12

1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

2 He had seven sons and three daughters,

3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

4 His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.

5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job’s regular custom.

6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.

7 The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."

8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."

9 "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.

10 "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."

12 The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

A LITTLE GIRL ONCE SAID TO HER MOTHER, “Mommy, if Santa Claus brings our presents, and God gives us our daily bread, and Uncle Sam gives us Social Security, why do we keep daddy around?”

Now there’s a question that begs answering—and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this sermon.

Dr. James Dobson:

“The average dad in America talks to his children about 30 seconds a day!”

“The average child spends between 40 and 50 hours each week in front of the TV set.

Illus.: “Danny? We Thought You Meant Daddy!”

Did you hear about the children who begged their parents for a hamster and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one. They named it Danny. Two months later, when mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it. The children took the news of Danny’s imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, “He’s been around here a long time—we’ll miss him.” “Yes,” mom replied, “But he’s too much work for one person, and since I’m that one person, I say he goes.” Another child offered, “Well, maybe if he wouldn’t eat so much and wouldn’t be so messy, we could keep him.” But mom was firm. “Its time to take Danny to his new home now,: she insisted. “Go and get his cage.” With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, “Danny? We thought you said, Daddy!”

Just because some fathers have abdicated their role, it doesn’t mean that they are obsolete.

A Father’s Image

4 years old: My daddy can do anything!

7 years: My dad knows a lot—a whole lot!

8 years: My father does not know quite everything.

12 years: O well, naturally dad doesn’t know that much.

14 years: Dad? He’s too old fashioned!

21 years: Oh, the old man? He’s way out of touch.

25 years: Poor dad, he’s way behind the times.

30 years: I wonder what dad thinks about it?

35 years: Before we decide, let’s get dad’s opinion.

50 years: I wonder what dad would have done about it?

60 years: There wasn’t much my dad didn’t know.

65 years: I wish I could talk it over with dad; boy, do I miss him!

Father defined: A man who carries photographs where his money used to be.

IDEAL FATHER won a toy in a raffle and called his kids together to ask which one should get it. He asked, “Who is the most obedient? Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?” Just then 5 small voices answered in unison, “You play with it daddy.”

Then God Made Dads

When the Lord was creating fathers he started with a tall frame. And

an angel standing nearby said, “What kind of father is that? If You’re

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