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posted Jul 12, 2012, 11:46 AM by Oologah First Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 13, 2012, 8:11 AM ]

Boys to Men…

You’ve probably heard the expression that men are warriors. Well the pastor spoke to the men last night. He reminded us (if you’re not an adult man already) that it’s a foredawn conclusion that all of us will become men.

So, the question is; “What kind of Man are you going to be?”

Mike Keahbone, our camp pastor for this week, reads from Exodus 20 starting at verse 2. Here God reminds Moses of the time when the Hebrew people were in slavery at the hands of the Egyptians.

Verse 3, here God states the following “You shall have no other gods before Me.” the first commandment. Obviously, God doesn’t want unfaithful children in the family. But wait, this is a build up to a lesson to the men of the nation.

Verse 4, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” Of course, have nothing before you and God and not to replace a false idol for God.

He goes on to verse 5 and this is the point of the instruction to the men, “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me.” Sounds like a promise to me. If men build up false idols to replaced God in the family or home, then the result is seen on the children 3 to 4 generations. Basically, the children in the home will learn the actions of the father careless regard to God and replacing Him with object or activities. It’s then carried on to future generations until another man in the family breaks the cycle caused by the actions of one pasted father.

On the other side of these actions is another promise from God found in the next verse. That is “but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” I’ve read and heard this scripture before maybe several times before, however in this lesson from Pastor Meahhone God revealed to me this imperative of how so important and heavy of a responsibility we have not only to my immediate family but to future generations. I know what you are thinking; if not putting God first wasn’t enough.

So, in other words good men are biblically warriors of their families and thousands thereafter.

God is good!