HE SHALL TEACH HIS SONS, PART I

DID YOU KNOW that, when men realize the importance of the position assigned to them by YHVH, everything else will fall into place?

No matter what men may accomplish in this world, nothing can compare with the position created for him by YHVH -- the spiritual head of his household. If he fails in that, nothing else will matter.

What sort of man is pleasing to YHVH?

Listen to the words that YHVH gave to Moses: “You shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell it to the sons of Israel. ‘You have seen what I did to Egypt; and I bore you on wings of eagles and brought you to Me. And now if listening you will listen to My voice, and will keep My covenant, you shall become a special treasure to Me above all the nations, for all the earth is Mine. And you shall become a kingdom of priests for Me, a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the sons of Israel.’ ” Exodus 19:3b-6

A father is to be as a priest to his family, so what is the duty of a priest? For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek the Torah from his mouth; for he is the messenger of YHVH of Hosts.” Malachi 2:7

What an awesome responsibility!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart. And you shall teach them to your sons, and shall speak of them as you sit in your house, and as you walk in the way, and as you are lying down, and as you are rising up.”

Special emphasis is placed on the father teaching his sons, because he is to prepare them for their future role as spiritual heads of their own households. And they cannot fill that position unless they first know YHVH.

How does one learn to know YHVH? To know YHVH is to know His Torah, for the Torah is the heart of YHVH; and, as it says in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, “God’s law is spiritual; it is a transcript of the divine nature, and extends its authority to the acts of the soul of man.”

When the father loves YHVH with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might (Deuteronomy 6:5), then he will be teaching his sons from a solid foundation.

In Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV), it says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” At first glance it appears that this means to train up a child in the way he should go, and if he strays from it during his youth, he will be sure to return to it when he is older. Not so!

In the Literal Translation (with definitions of words in parentheses), it says, Train up a boy on the opening (the mouth, as the mouth of a river/the beginning) of his way (journey, course of life), even when he is old, he will not turn aside from it.”

What greater assignment can a man have than to teach his sons to know YHVH? But is that assignment limited to a man’s sons, or is teaching his sons in addition to being a priest to his entire family?

Let’s look at two examples:

Noah
Noah’s relationship with YHVH: Genesis 6:8, “And Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of YHVH.”
Genesis 6:18, “And I will establish My covenant with you. And you shall come into the ark, you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.”
Hebrews 11:7, “Being divinely warned by YHVH about the things not yet having been seen, moved with fear, by trust Noah prepared an ark for the salvation of his house; through which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness according to trust.”

Noah trusted YHVH; and because of that trust, he was obedient to do all that he was commanded -- exactly as it was commanded. His trust (his obedience) was accounted to him for righteousness; and, because of that righteousness, his family was saved from the waters of the flood.

Achan
Joshua 7:19-23 describes the actions of Achan.
Joshua 7:24-26 describes the results of those actions: “And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the robe, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his ass, and his flock, and his tent, and all that he had. And they made them go up to the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, ‘How you have troubled us! YHVH shall trouble you today!’ And all Israel threw stones at him, and they burned them with fire, and they stoned them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this day. And YHVH turned back from the heat of His anger. On this account the name of that place is The Valley of Grief until this day.”

Because Achan lusted after the things of the world, he had imparted a spirit of lust to his family, for he had buried the stolen articles in the earth, in the middle of his tent. That could only have been within the sight of his family, and with their approval and assistance. Scripture does not say this; however, his sons and daughters would not have been stoned and burned unless they had been guilty. Note: His wife is not mentioned.

These two examples demonstrate the powerful influence a man has upon his family, whether for life or for death!

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