Family Bible Study lesson for May 4: Establishing Godly Standards for My Family
April 11 2003 by Crate Jones , Jeremiah 35:1-2, 5-10, 12-19

Family Bible Study lesson for May 4: Establishing Godly Standards for My Family | Friday, April 11, 2003

Friday, April 11, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for May 4: Establishing Godly Standards for My Family

By Crate Jones Jeremiah 35:1-2, 5-10, 12-19

A drunken father was walking across a snow-covered field. Looking back, he saw his little boy putting his feet in the staggered tracks he had made. He asked, "Son, what are you doing?" His reply was, "I'm walking in your footsteps, Dad."

Model an obedient lifestyle Jeremiah 35:1-2,5-10 The Recabites were descendants of Recab, who helped to overthrow the house of Ahab, wicked king of Israel.

Jonadab, son of Recab, commanded that his descendants drink no wine and dwell in tents. They did what Jonadab commanded.

Obedience to God's standards should guide in the building of the Christian lifestyle.

Billy Mohorn, in the early 1900s, bought some land, cut the trees, planed the lumber and built a house. It was home for his wife and their 11 children; a gathering place for family members, and friends.

He carried the mail on horseback, was a magistrate - trying cases under a huge tree in the yard - and farmed his 60 acres. All of this, and more, was to provide for his family.

Good food, laughter, instrumental music and harmonizing made it a special place. Billy learned the hymns with the help of a tuning fork and led the singing at the church. Best of all, his reverence for God gave him strength of character.

From that home went out a Christian influence that has lasted and will last for generations.

Listen to the Lord Jeremiah 35:12-17 The Lord commended the Recabites for listening to and obeying the commands given to them. By doing so, they would not be destroyed as a family.

Jesus was not always heard by those with whom He spoke. Grieved, He said: "O Jerusalem, how often have I longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing" (Matt. 23:37 NIV).

Listening is hearing with the intent of obeying. It doesn't always work that way.

One man was asked by the preacher why he was inattentive. He replied, "Oh, I thought you were just preaching."

How does God speak to us? Through the pages of the Bible; through other people (we want to hear from someone who has experienced God); through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, and often through circumstances. "He that hath an ear, let him hear" (Rev. 2:7). It pays to listen.

Enjoy the blessing of obedience Jeremiah 35:18-19 The Recabites enjoyed God's blessings for their obedience; so will Christian families.

I saw a family of four on a bicycle built for two. I do not know if they were Christians, but I saw spiritual truth.

Mama, up front, had a little tyke strapped in a basket in front of her. Daddy, on the rear seat, had a baby attached to his back, papoose style. The smile on the little one's face said he was having the ride of his life.

They were pulling together, heading for the same goal, enjoying the ride. Other thoughts peddled around in my head: dad had put mom ahead of himself where he could protect her. Mom could see what he might not see and give guidance. The children were secure in the family. Harmony and rhythm said, "This family is together."

Keeping their balance under pressure was a must; leaning in opposite directions would wreck them.

A wise family invites Jesus to ride with them on the vehicle of God's love. There will be some potholes en route, but the Bible shows how to steer around them. And the Lord knows how to keep them out of the wrong "traffic."

Pedal with Jesus on earth, and you'll ride right through the gates of glory.

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