Unfaithful Children #252

2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me; 3  The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” (Isaiah 1:2-3)

The Lord God knows the pain of children choosing not to follow wise counsel. He yearned for His  children to understand His guidance and to amend their ways. His every desire and provision for Israel was for their good, yet they responded with sinful rebellion. As a loving father, God “daily rose up early” sending His prophet to Israel to teach them of righteousness and to warn them of their sins. God ceaselessly tried to reach them, but Israel would not obey His voice (Jer. 7:25-27). Similarly, as fathers and mothers nurture their children “in the training and admonition of the Lord” they are likely to meet with resistance, and at times, even rebellion and faithlessness. God understands the heartache that causes. He cares. Be like God and keep showing the way of salvation.

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2 thoughts on “Unfaithful Children #252”

  1. Does an unfaithful child, who was brought up in the nurture of the Lord, then after leaving home. become unfaithful, disqualify a man from serving as an elder when he has other faithful children. I guess the question is, if a man have 3 or more faithful children, and 1 that is unfaithful, does he still have faithful children that would satisfy the qualifications of 1 Tim 3:4; Tit 1:6 ???

    1. A child who falls away after leaving the rule of his father’s house does not automatically disqualify that man from serving as a elder as per 1 Tim. 3:4. The qualification concerns “having his children in submission with all reverence” as he “rules his own house”. Once removed from the father’s house (authority) it would seem incongruous to hold the father responsible for applying authority to a child over which he no longer possesses the ability or responsibility to rule. Under the situation you suggested, the man still has faithful children and I assume continues to rule his own house well (1 Tim. 3:4; Tit. 1:6). In such a case, he meets this particular qualification to serve.

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