From Reverend Ralph Porter
1. THE REDEEMED TRAIN THEIR CHILDREN IN THE WORD OF GOD
Hosea 4: osea6 (Lord‘s warning for neglecting to train your children in the Word of God) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: because you have forgotten the law of your God, I WILL ALSO FORGET YOUR CHILDREN.
Isaiah 59: 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD; My spirit that is upon you, and MY WORDS which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your descendants, nor out of the mouth of your descendant’s descendants, says the LORD, from this time forth and forever.
Isaiah 38: 19 the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the FATHER TO THE CHILDREN SHALL MAKE KNOWN YOUR TRUTH. (Moses in the desert teaching the Israelites)
Deuteronomy 6: 1, 2 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it: 2 That you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.
Isaiah 59: 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD; My spirit that is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your descendants, nor out of the mouth of your descendant’s descendants, says the LORD, from this time forth and forever.
Deuteronomy 6: 4 – 9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
6 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: 7 And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house, and on your gates. (Moses instruction of the Ten Commandments to the nation Israel)
Deuteronomy 6: 20 – 25 (Redeemed parents instruct their children on the commands and blessings of our Lord) And when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God has commanded you? 21 Then you shall say unto your son, We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: 22 And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: 23 And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore unto our fathers. 24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. 25 And it shall be righteousness for us, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.
Psalm 78: 5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children who should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
THE REDEEMED ENTER THEIR FAMILY INTO A COVENANT WITH OUR LORD
Nehemiah 10: 28 – 31 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; 29 They joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his ordinances and his statutes; 30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons: 31 And if the people of the land bring in wares or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would forego the crops of the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
THE TEN COMMANDMENT COVENANT WITH HIS REDEEMED
Deuteronomy 4: 9- 19; 23 – 26 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life: but teach them to your sons, and your sons’ sons; 10 Especially the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. 11 And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. 12 And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no form; only you heard a voice. 13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. 14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it. 15 Take therefore good heed unto yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: 16 Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 The likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air, 18 The likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: 19 And lest you lift up your eyes unto heaven, and when you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, should be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD your God has apportioned unto all nations under the whole heaven. 23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of anything, which the LORD your God has forbidden you. 24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. 25 When you shall beget children, and children’s children, and you shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of anything, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD your God, to provoke him to anger: 26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you shall soon utterly perish from off the land which you go over Jordan to possess; you shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. (Moses in the desert teaching the Israelites)
2. REDEEMED PRAY FOR THE GENERATIONAL BLESSINGS IN THEIR CHILDREN
I Chronicles 28: 9 (David’s prayer for his son, Solomon) And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10 Take heed now; for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
II Chronicles 22: 11, 12 Now, my son, the LORD be with you; and prosper you, and build the house of the LORD your God, as he has said of you. 12 Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. 13 Then shall you prosper, if you take heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
Job 1: 5 (Redeemed father confesses the sins and the Blood of Christ Jesus cleansing and protection over his children) And it was so, when the days of their feasting were finished, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Job 1: 10 (Redeemed father prays for a hedge of protection around his children from the attacks of Satan) have not you made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions are increased in the land
3. REDEEMED SHARE THE TESTIMONY OF OUR LORD WITH THEIR CHILDREN
Psalm 78: 4 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done.
Isaiah 38: 19 The living he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.
4. REDEEMED PARENT AND CHILDREN RELATIONSHIP BEFORE OUR LORD
Ephesians 6: 1 – 3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth. 4 And, you fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
I Chronicles 28: 20 (Encourage your children in their callings in our Lord) And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
II Chronicles 22: 5 (Father assists his son in His callings in our Lord Jesus) And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
THE REDEEMED IMPART THEIR FAITH TO THEIR REDEEMED CHILDREN
Jeremiah 32: 38, 39 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: 39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
Deuteronomy 5: 29 O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!
Psalm 25: 12 – 14 What man is he that fears the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.
Psalm 112: 1 – 5 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD that delights greatly in his commandments. 2 His descendants shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.