By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 18, 2017

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  • 841 B.C. – II Kings 9-10 – King Jehu of the northern kingdom of Israel
    • Jehonadab son of Rechab
    • II Kings 10:15-28
  • Circa 609-598 B.C. – II Kings 23:34-24:6; II Chronicles 36:4-8 – King Jehoiakim of Judah
    • Jeremiah 35:2, 6-10 – This was over 200 years later and they were still faithful to Jonadab’s instructions.
    • Jeremiah 35:14 – God uses the Rechabites as an example of obedience.
    • Jeremiah 35:19 – God’s promise to Jonadab and his household
  • Our responsibility to our generations
    • The example of Abraham
      • Abram (“exalted father”), Abraham (“father of a multitude”)
      • Genesis 18:19
      • Physical descendants: Israel (and other nations)
      • Spiritual descendants: today’s Christians (Galatians 3:7, 29)
    • Generational fatherhood is carried out through the teaching of God’s words and wisdom.
      • Proverbs 4:1-5; Psalm 78:1-3; Deuteronomy 4:9
      • Joel 1:3
    • Our faithful teachings to our children and grandchildren may preserve our descendants long after we are gone.
  • Discern the signs of the times and respond.
    • Will Jesus not rebuke us for not opening our eyes to the world around us (Matthew 16:3)?
      • Humanism (the philosophy that rejects God and embraces human reason and experience as the only guides for human life) …
      • … materialism, greed, debt, waste, selfishness …
      • … fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, immodesty, lasciviousness, divorce …
    • Jonadab saw the signs of his times, heard the words of the prophets, believed them, and commanded his descendants to live in a way to survive those times.
    • Are we separated and strange in this world (II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Peter 2:11-12; 4:3-5), or will we just “follow the masses in doing evil” (Exodus 23:2)?
  • Obey your father and live, or refuse and die.
    • Jeremiah 35:17
    • Hebrews 12:9
    • Deuteronomy 30:19-20
    • The choice is simple: obey God’s word and live, or reject him and die. Which do you choose?

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