Monday, July 5, 2010

Failed Fatherhood

“The man who brings trouble on his family will have nothing at the end…” ~Proverbs 11:29 (TEV)

Great fathers of the Bible …

1. Favoritism—Jacob
3 “Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, because he had been born to him when he was old. He made a long robe with full sleeves for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother so much that they would not speak to him in a friendly manner.” ~Gen 37:3-4 (TEV)

2. Lazy Spiritually—Eli
“Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. ...” ~1 Sam 2:22 (NLT)

“I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God and he hasn't disciplined them.” ~1 Sam 3:13-14

3. Busyness—Samuel
“When Samuel grew old, he made his sons judges in Israel. 2 The older son was named Joel and the younger one Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3 But they did not follow their father's example; they were interested only in making money, so they accepted bribes and did not decide cases honestly.” ~1 Sam 8:1-3 (TEV)

4. Authoritarian & Insecure—Saul
(After David defeated Goliath) “Saul kept David with him from that day on and did not let him go back home.” ~1 Sam 18:2 (TEV)

“In their celebration the women sang, "Saul has killed thousands, but David tens of thousands." 8 Saul did not like this, and he became very angry. He said, "For David they claim tens of thousands, but only thousands for me. They will be making him king next!" 9 And so he was jealous and suspicious of David from that day on.” ~1 Sam 18:7-9 (TEV)

Saul said to himself, "I'll give Michal to David; I will use her to trap him, and he will be killed by the Philistines." ~1 Sam 18:21 (TEV)

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