GODLY PARENTS AND UNGODLY CHILDREN

I’ve been reading 1 Samuel and it just struck me that Hannah was such a godly woman, and her son Samuel was a prophet and judge, yet Samuel’s sons, Joel and Abiah, were corrupt. Godly parents yet ungodly offspring!

Hannah prays to the Lord asking for a son…

1 Samuel 1:10-11 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.

The Lord answers Hannah’s prayer and Hannah gives Samuel to the LORD…

1 Samuel 1:27-28 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

Hannah’s son Samuel is a prophet and judge…

1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

1 Samuel 7:15-17 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places. And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.

But Samuel’s sons walked not in his ways…

1 Samuel 8:1-3 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

Godly parents, and grandparents, yet ungodly children. It’s amazing to contemplate such a thing, yet we find it often in Scripture, and in our own lives.

Arron’s sons Nadab and Abihu…

Numbers 26:61 And Nadab and Abihu died when they offered profane fire before the LORD.

And Eli’s sons…

1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

And King David’s son Absalom…

2 Samuel 15:13-14 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

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14 Parents Sue School District For Affirming Kids’ Transgender Identity Without Consent

Parental rights under attack in America…

14 parents sue school district for affirming kids’ transgender identity without consent

 

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A GEM OF COMFORT FOUND IN THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST \o/

Does the devil bring your past to memory and with it condemnation or torment, even though you are now a born again Christian? Be sure to know those thoughts are from the devil and not from the Lord. Here are some comforting words found, of all places, in the genealogy of Jesus Christ Matthew Chapter 1. Another hidden gem found in the Word of God. 

JFB:

This feature in the present genealogy – herein differing from that given by Luke – comes well from him who styles himself in his list of the Twelve, what none of the other lists do, “Matthew the publican”; 

Matthew 10: 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

as if thereby to hold forth, at the very outset, the unsearchable riches of that grace which could not only fetch in “them that are afar off,”…

but reach down even to “publicans and harlots,” and raise them to “sit with the princes of his people.” 

Matthew Henry:

There are four women, and but four, named in this genealogy; two of them were originally strangers to the commonwealth of Israel, Rahab a Canaanitess, and a harlot besides, and Ruth the Moabitess

for in Jesus Christ there is neither Greek, nor Jew; those that are strangers and foreigners are welcome, in Christ, to the citizenship of the saints. 

The other two were adulteresses, Tamar and Bathsheba; which was a further mark of humiliation put upon our Lord Jesus, that not only he descended from such, but that is decent from them is particularly remarked in his genealogy, and no veil drawn over it. 

He took upon him the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom 8:3), and takes even great sinners, upon their repentance, into the nearest relation to himself.

Note, We ought not to upbraid people with the scandals of their ancestors; it is what they cannot help, and has been the lot of the best, even of our Master himself. 

David’s begetting Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias is taken notice of (says Dr. Whitby) to show that the crime of David, being repented to, was so far from hindering the promise made to him, that it pleased God by this very woman to fulfill it. 

Matthew Chapter 1

1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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What must I do to be saved?

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TRANSUBSTANTIATION AND JOHN 6:51-55

Source:  Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

TRANSUBSTANTIATION AND JOHN 6:51-55

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“THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD”

Source:  Elizabeth Burke’s Blog, Ready Writer Publications

“THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD”

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