June 21, 2015
1 Samuel 12:16-25
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I read of a young man going off to college:
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- Before I took the old family car to college, my father loaded the trunk with soft-drink bottles filled with oil, coolant and transmission fluid.
- Sure enough, my car overheated.
- Scolding myself for not listening to my father’s instructions, I looked at the engine and saw how well he knew me.
- The oil cap was labeled Dr Pepper, the transmission stick, Coke, and the empty coolant container, Diet Pepsi. I finished the trip safely.
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A godly father, our Father, knows us and knows just what we need!
Children need comfort...
- I read of a little girl who was frightened by a serious thunderstorm.
- As most children will do she cried out for someone to come and comfort her.
- “Dad!” she exclaimed...and he came running in to her.
- As he held her in his arms she said, “I know God will take care of us, but right now I want someone with skin on.”
Kids seek comfort!
- Moms give comfort pretty good but today as we honor dads we know that a godly Father will bring comfort too.
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When do you feel afraid?
- Maybe when you are in trouble.
- Maybe you feel afraid when you’re threatened.
- Possibly you know that you’re wrong and will be punished.
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19 And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” 20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 1 Samuel 12:19-20
For our lesson today we will find the people of Israel, and they were afraid.
- Their fear was because they know that they had sinned.
- What had they done?
- They rejected Samuel’s in exchange for a king...just like the pagan nations.
- In reality they were not rejecting Samuel, but God.
In the middle of their fear they beg for Samuel to pray for them:
And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” vs. 19
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Today I want us to look at Samuel and 3 different roles that took on as a ‘father figure’ for Israel.
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It is not a job that I personally like doing but dads have to discipline their children.
“...we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them.” Heb. 12:9
Samuel was their judge.
- This was an important job because he told them God’s standard for their lives.
- From time to time he would have to tell them about God’s judgement...people don’t like that.
- Notice 1 Sam. 16:4 “Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
- Why the fear of Samuel?
- They knew that he spoke for God...both blessings and curses!
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A godly father will set a standard of right and wrong.
- Not based on their feelings or by the world’s standard but according to God’s Word!
- This means that we, at times, have to play the part of the “bad guy” because our children’s souls depend on us.
This was the type of ‘father figure’ Samuel was.
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What else does a godly father do?
- A godly father makes sure his children know where boundaries are.
- Samuel did this as well:
“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” 1 Sam. 12:24-25
- “Hey Israel, know where the boundaries are!”
- They are loving boundaries!
- God does not want to lose you or reject you...these are to protect you!
- In fact, your submission to these boundaries is a blessing for you.
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This is the type of guidance a godly father gives his children.
- He provides boundaries for them...boundaries found in God’s Word.
- They too are loving boundaries!
- A father doesn’t want to lose his child...these are to protect!
- Our submission to these boundaries is a blessing to us and our father/Father!
Being a godly father goes way beyond just the things that we say.
- What really matters is what we do!
- If we do not walk the walk in our boundaries, our kids will not when we talk the talk.
- Samuel challenged Israel to show how he had not shown a good example:
“Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.” 1 Sam 12:3
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A Spiritual Leader
Godly father’s provide discipline, boundaries, and spiritual leadership!
- The Bible teaches and assumes that fathers will teach their children:
Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. Proverbs 4:1-2
- We teach all the time: at the dinner table, in the car, at church, in the morning and in the evening.
Our relationship with God has an effect on our children long after we die.
- In Genesis God declared:
“I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Genesis 20:5-6
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This is what some call the ‘umbrella effect.’
- If you live your life for Jesus your children receive a spiritual blessing that will last long after you die.
Fathers, God wants us to bless our children with our choices.
- He wants us to pass a spiritual inheritance along to those most important to us.
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I think we would all agree that God places a great importance on fathers in scripture.
- He places this emphasis because He is one.
- He is our father who art in heaven!
- It would be a blessing to us if we would reflect on who He is.