In Deuteronomy 6:1-9, God answers our question, is it random? and gives us a promise:
“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all His statutes and His commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
See the promise? “That you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son …” The promise is to us and to our children, as Peter said. Moses tells us what we must do, to ensure that we, and our sons, and our sons’ sons fear the Lord our God. The first is that we ourselves must keep the commandments of the Lord which He has commanded us to keep — not so that we may somehow earn righteousness for salvation, for Paul clearly teaches that keeping the commandments cannot earn us any merit with God. But we keep them so that we may fear the Lord our God, and our sons with us, and their sons also. We keep them to benefit us, in other words, not to benefit God.
Besides keeping God’s commandments ourselves, Moses tells us that we must teach them diligently to our children, by talking of them when we are sitting in our house, when we are walking outside of our house, when we lie down, and rise up: in other words, at all times. And by “we,” I mean parents, but especially, fathers. The families I mentioned last time, who went through nightmares, in every case had fathers who either did not keep the Lord’s commandments themselves, or did not teach them to their children. Strong, godly fathers are so vital to the spiritual, emotional, and physical health and well- being of their children! And that is why Satan’s greatest weapon against the family in Christian America is the triple whammy of feminism, homo[s-x]uality, and apathy, all designed to rob men of their God- given masculinity.
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