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                                           Importance of Godly Fathers
                                        
                                                           Mal. 1:6
 By Peter Smith                                                                                                      June 2008

   

"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is my honor? and if I am a master, where is my respect?

 

Intro:   God, in his role as heavenly father, rebukes his children for not rendering him the proper honor and respect that is His due. This morning on this fathers day, it is fitting for us to honor and respect our fathers and to appreciate their vital role in the formation of a strong and good society and of their importance in revealing the character of God to their children and to society.

 

    We live in a time in history like the time of societal lawlessness of Malachi's time, when fathers were not honored or respected. The media most often presents fathers as bumbling idiots who have no clue as to what is going on---- interested in their own pleasure and playing no active or important role in the raising of the children----other than perhaps giving them money from time to time. Most men in America have been influenced by this media onslaught, not realizing that it is the specific strategy of the devil, as well as the socialistic and communistic elements to break down the family unit, the primary building block of society. The quickest way to break down the family is to destroy the honor and respect due to fathers. Of course, many fathers do this work themselves by behaving dishonorably.

 

     God revealed himself in the Old Testament in many ways. When God revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush, Moses asked God his name. It was: "I am that I am" He is the present tense God, the God who is there. Fathers are to be "there" for their children.

 

    God made a covenant with Abraham and when about to sacrifice his son, appeared to him as, God the provider.

When the original covenant with Abraham was made, God presented himself as El Shaddi, God Almighty

He also revealed himself in the O.T. as protector, healer, provider, righteousness, banner or victor.

    In the N.T. when Jesus wanted people to understand the nature of God, He introduced to them God as Heavenly Father. For us to properly understand and appreciate God, then, we must have some understanding of the meaning of fatherhood. If there are no longer good examples of fathers in this world, how will people understand a heavenly father? Thus Biblical Fatherhood is essential for the evangelization of the World!

 

    Let us look at how Jesus taught his disciples to pray, and we will see also characteristics of a good father.

 
Matt: 6: 8-15.

 6:8 "for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."

Good fathers know what their children need and are willing to provide it. (food, clothing, housing protection, love stability, knowledge, a role model, example, discipline.)

 

 

6:9 "Hallowed be thy name"

Fathers are to be honored, respected and obeyed. 5th commandment is to HONOR your father and mother that it may go well with thee. When fathers are honored, the children are respectful. Fathers are to be honored, as what they are doing in protecting, providing and leading their families is such an honorable thing, and absolutely essential for the spread of the kingdom of God in this world. 

 

6:10 "Thy kingdom come"

    A family is a little moral government, not a democracy with each child having an equal vote with mom and dad, rather, laws are established which are given to promote the happiness and general welfare of all within the family, and to the extent that the law of the father is established and enforced benevolently, there is order and harmony and happy relationships in the family. 

 
6:11 "Thy will be done"

    Fathers are to be obeyed. If there is love and respect, obedience is easy. If fathers do not expect obedience, how will children learn to obey God?

 

 6:12 "Give us this day our daily bread."

    Fathers provide for the needs of their children. Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, their need for an example, as example is the most effective way of teaching. Role model.

 

 6:13 "And lead us not into temptation"

    Good fathers do their utmost to shield their children from the temptations of the world. The best way to do this is to surround them with Godly influence and teach and demonstrate to them how to live right. It is NEVER "Do as I say and not as I do." It should always be: "follow my example and listen to my words my son and you will be blessed, even as you see me receiving the blessing of God in my life for living godly in Christ Jesus."

 

     Jesus taught his disciples to pray to their Father in Heaven, and while revealing to them the provisions of the father to them as children of the Kingdom, also reveled to them how an earthly father was to relate to his own children following the example of his heavenly father. The same things that we are to pray for from the heavenly father, which he is so willing to provide, are the same things that we as earthly fathers are to provide for our own children.

 

    Jesus also taught another important element of good fatherhood in Mark 10:13-16.

 

           "And he took them up in his arms and he blessed them"

    The touch of a father is extremely important in the development of children! Daughters especially need the touch and verbal blessing of their fathers. This need of touch and embrace is so essential that if they do not get it from dad, they will seek to receive it from other sources. Dads hug your kids! they need it. Especially when they

become teenagers. The loss of biblical fatherhood in our American society in my opinion is one of the root causes of the rise in homosexuality and promiscuity in our nation.

 

Fathers--Bless your children. Not by leaving them a fortune when you die, but by your words of blessing and by being an example of godly fatherhood. I believe that a revival of true Christianity and a revival of true Christian fatherhood are directly related, and I do not see how we will ever have one without the other, as they are mutually dependent to represent God in this world.