The Great Family Commission: Part II

We discovered in The Great Family Commission: Part I that the LORD wanted to bless the whole world through the offspring of Abram. Here was our first principle:

#1 The LORD wants to bless the whole world

The story continues in Genesis 18:

James Tissot's Abraham overlooking Sodom

James Tissot’s Abraham overlooking Sodom

Abram’s now been renamed to Abraham. He and his family were camped at the oaks of Mamre and were sitting near the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day.

It was there that three men appeared to him and his wife, Sarai. Derek Kidner refutes the belief that these three men were the Trinity incarnate. Rather, he says, this was the Lord and two angels.[1] Abraham prepares food and water for the three of them while they deliver a shocking message: Sarai will bear Abraham a son. Sarai laughs and is rebuked for both her lying and disbelief.

In verse 16 Abraham sees the three men off. As they are overlooking Sodom, the LORD muses:

“Abraham is to become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.” Genesis 18:18 CSB

The LORD had His eye on other nations from the very beginning. But how exactly would the He use Abraham’s offspring to bless the other nations?

The answer is in the very next verse. The LORD tells us exactly how Abe’s children are going to bless all the nations of the world.

“For I have chosen him so that he will command his children and his house after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. This is how the LORD will fulfill to Abraham what He promised him.”” Genesis 18:19 CSB

Did you catch that?

The LORD would bless the world through Abraham teaching his children to live out their faith.

This was the Old Testament Great Commission: Have lots of children, train them up in the teaching and way of the LORD, and the land will be filled with families who do what is just and right.

Here’s the second principle:

#2 His people are to fill the earth with offspring who live out their faith

I am sad to say that we have failed miserably at this.

We’ll examine this further in The Great Family Commission: Part III.

 

[1] Derek Kidner, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Genesis. IVP Academic, 1967,  131.

The Great Family Commission: Part I

Evangelicals have a healthy preoccupation with the Great Commission—as they should. I examined it here: Another Look at the Great Commission.

Where we fall short, however, is Old Testament equivalent of the Great Commission, which I call The Great Family Commission.

First, sharing the good news of the LORD with all nations is not just a New Testament concept. It was always the LORD’s plan to share His goodness with the world.

Let me show you from Genesis:

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Jozsef Molnar, Abraham’s Departure, 1849.

 

Abram’s father, Terah, was a resident of Ur of the Chaldees (modern day Iraq). Terah intended to move his family from Ur to the land of Canaan, but, for some reason, they stopped at Haran and remained there (Gen. 11:31).

Terah died at 205 years old, at which time the Lord appeared to his son, Abram. In Genesis 12 the LORD began the slow unveiling of His plan: He intended to create a new nation. That nation, He promised Abram, will come through his offspring.

Then the LORD said this:

“…all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3 CSB

From the beginning the LORD intended to bless the whole earth, not just Israel; but the nation of Israel (Abram’s children) would be the vehicle through which the blessing would come.

So here’s the first principle:

#1 The LORD wants to bless the whole world

How exactly would the LORD bless the whole world through Abram’s offspring?–As we will see, His plan was and is to use healthy, God-honoring families.

You can find out more in The Old Testament Great Commission: Part II

 

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Comic-Con Star Wars Teaser Reel is here!

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Each week we get closer and closer. Enjoy!

 

Featured Video #25 (Inventing Children’s Church)

There is a little known tug o’ war occurring within the faith community as to whether or not Children’s Church is the best way to educate our children. Some argue that a family integrated church works better because children actually see their parents worshiping and learning.

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This video pokes fun at one side of the argument.

Although I do not agree with their stance, I think this video is a good discussion starter.

Enjoy!

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