Gen 18:19 KJV For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Gen 18:19 NKJV For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”
Gen 18:19 CEV I have chosen him to teach his family to obey me forever and to do what is right and fair. Then I will give Abraham many descendants, just as I promised.”
Gen 18:18-19 AMP Since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed through him and shall bless themselves by him? For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him.
Gen 18:17-19 NCV The Lord said, “Should I tell Abraham what I am going to do now? Abraham’s children will certainly become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. I have chosen him so he would command his children and his descendants to live the way the Lord wants them to, to live right and be fair. Then I, the Lord, will give Abraham what I promised him.”
Acts 16:33 NIV At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
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The family unit was God’s plan, not Man’s design. So we need to stay in there with a clear conscience of His Commands, Instructions, Teachings and Trainings, Examples.
- INSTRUCTIONS, INDOCTRINATIONS & COMMANDS
Researchers are just trying to understand Gods ways and patterns of shaping and moulding the man. Their results agrees with the concept of God’s upbringing. First, give instructions. (Teach to Obey) Command to Obey It. Set the rules and boundaries, don’t give room for lawlessness or licentiousness.
Essentially, this verb refers to verbal communication by which a superior “orders” or “commands” a subordinate. (This is where families’ especially new couples miss it, the Head must be given the authority to set the command).
The same model is used in the military, you learn to obey commands. Command was used 87times in the Old Testament and 17times in the NT, when used most times in the NT it was a quote of the OT.
All through the Old Testament, God kept commanding and instructing His family (Israel) on what to do, in the view of making them worthy of the promised blessing.
Joshua 1:6 – 8 NLT. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- TEACHING & TRAINING
I Timothy 4:11 KJV, These things command and teach.
The Art and act of teaching is persuasiveness. Don’t give up on them, until thy take it in. just like the teaching profession, you have not completed your job until the children achieve the desired results or objectives. That is why the results or performance of pupils are used to evaluate the teaching skills of a teacher.
One of the reasons, Jesus came to this Earth was to teach us the instructions. Mark 4:1, He taught us His Doctrines (God’s Instructions).
Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:1 – 4 (Especially 4 Amplified version); as a parent we were commanded to teach. Teaching involves disciplining in Love.
Matt 5:19 KJV Whosoever, therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
- BE AN EXAMPLE (Learn of Me)
The greatest form of passing – on Family Legacy is to become and progressively become an example. III John 11, I Peter 5:3, I Timothy 4:12.
Titus 2:6-7 NLT In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.
Phil 3:17-18 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.
Finally, allow the Holy Spirit complete His works in you, so you could be a PRIME EXAMPLE to your Home and Family.