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Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children

By Fred Myers

Published on May 21, 2019

#141 Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers. Count your way to wisdom in number one-hundred and forty-one of this series, Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children. There are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament, and each is filled with something for the Christian life. Yet, it is telling that in the last two verses of the Old Testament there is a promise that Elijah will return to heal the hearts of families. Mal 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Mal 4:6a And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, This demonstrates the importance that God puts on parents and children. You may not have thought about this, but the Old Testament uses the metaphor of God as the husband and Israel as the wife to tell God’s story. The New Testament uses the metaphor of Jesus as the bridegroom and Christians as the bride to tell Christ’s story. The whole story of God’s glory is taught throughout the Bible using the family structure. Now you can understand why the Old Testament closes with such an important promise for families. Outside of the promises of salvation, these promises are some of the most loving in the Bible. Two Promises for Parents and Two for Children: Two Commands for Children Obey your Parents Honor your father and mother Two Promises for Children It will go well in life You will have a long life Four Commands for Parents Nurture your children and do not provoke them to anger Teach your children God’s requirements Discipline your children Train your children in the Lord Two Promise for Parents Children will delight the hearts of their parents When Children grow up, they will not depart from God’s word. Families are precious in God’s eyes, and some of His most precious promises are reserved for the family structure.  I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers. It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding. Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Eph 6:2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), Eph 6:3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Pr 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. Pr 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  

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