WHAT JARIUS’ DAUGHTER SAW IN HER FATHER
Intro: One of the names used to describe our God is Jehovah-Shammah--THE GOD WHO IS THERE,
Many homes in American are suffering from the phantom father. The father who is not there & even in some homes even when he is there, he is not there. Hundreds of men have fathered children, & simply walked away from the family—Let me say fathering a child does not make a man a father. For to carry the title of father, also carries with it great responsibilities.
Men though living in the family, are so absorbed by their careers that they seldom spend time with the children--the effects have & are devastating, not only to the family unit, but we see its effect in our society.
Were you aware that 10 years ago, the number of murders committed by teens was approximately 1000 a year, whereas today it is 4000 a year?
Some would like to blame poverty, broken homes both physical & mental abuse--but as one psychologist put it there are many that come from the same backgrounds that are not committing acts of violence—
Recent reports tell us:
Because of a lack of father figures in the Home-- in the past 30 years there have been:
550% increase in violent crime
400% increase in illegitimate births
200% increase in teen. pregnancies.
300% increase in teen suicide
More that 70% of all juveniles in state reform institutions come from fatherless homes.
In our text we are told of a man by the name of Jairus, he was a religious man, a ruler of the local synagogue, but he was also a father--
v 21 one tells us that Jesus is coming back into Capernaum—He is coming from the tombs of Gadarenes-He has delivered the possessed man--upon arriving at the shore people are, waiting for him--for as he arrived, much people gathered around him.
But we now focus upon one individual--one of the rulers of the Synagogue --his position is important:
Jarius was a presiding elder of the synagogue--an assembly that included the whole community of Capernaum, his position made him one of the most prominent men of the congregation. He was neither a teacher nor a preacher but was responsible for the order of the synagogue service.
He was the keeper of the sacred books (which were the property of the community)--he was in a sense the president of the congregation & the administrative head of the city, The city manager so to speak.
Every service he appointed someone to lead in prayer & someone to read the scripture--if there was a visiting rabbi he would invite him to read from the scriptures & comment on them.
So here we see a man with a high social position, a man known among the people, a man of prestige & power, but also a man who had a desperate need-
We need to remember this morning we will never become so powerful, so popular., and never rise so high that problems, & troubles can not reach us.
This man’s little girl, the apple of his eye, was dying
The first thing I want to bring out about this man is:
1. SHE SAW HE WAS NOT ASHAMED TO SEEK OUT JESUS:
Notice he sought out Jesus--he did not send his wife, or someone else.
When you took on the role of a father, you also were to take on the responsibilities of the father, given to you by the heavenly father:
Paul tells us: Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
It is the father’s responsibility to teach children about God, it is not the mothers, it is not even the church-
Yet many mothers & churches have had to take on the responsibility, simply because the father refuses to do it:
Sir, it falls upon you to give unto your children the kind of upbringing that prepares them for living lives that are pleasing unto God.
I say again --It is the family unit, not the church that is primarily responsible for the biblical & spiritual training of the children--church & Sunday school only assist you in your training of your children:
Let me give you some instruction:
1. Dedicate your children to God --this will cause you to realize, they are a gift from God—If you don’t believe their a gift, go ask a couple that cannot have children,
God has placed them in your care--& you HAD BETTER HANDLE THEM WITH CARE--& once dedicated--you had better hold to what you told God you would do.
2.Teach your children to fear the Lord, & to turn away from evil, & to love righteousness. To Hate iniquity--instill in them Gods attitude toward sin--Live before God, the way you would have them live before God
3. Protect them from ungodly influences--Satan is out to destroy them just as much as you & I--;
4. Establish them in church---if you see no need in faithfulness to God’s house, neither will they
5.Encourage them to remain separate from this world,
Instill in them some godly standards,
There is still a word in the Bible called fornication: -
Sex before marriage is a sin, living together outside the bounds of marriage is a sin.
Teach them to fear, & reverence God & His Name, His Word, & His house--teach them they are Strangers & pilgrims upon this earth--we look for a place called heaven for that is where our citizenship is--& Christ is there.
6.. Instruct them in the importance of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost:
7. Teach them God has a purpose for their life-
8. Instruct them the importance of Prayer & the Word of God--have family devotions
9. Teach by your life, your actions, not just words --for words mean very little, if they’re not applied.
Teach them God loves them too much to reward them for disobedience
Teach them --his love is unconditional, but his promises are not
Teach them that they cannot expect God to bless them with:
Finances without Tithing
Wisdom without the Word
Freedom without Forgiveness
Victory without Accountability
Abundance without Obedience
Notice:...He did not send the wife or someone to take his place--but he as the father sought out the Lord himself-
Notice -- Regardless his social position, regardless of the onlookers of the townspeople, Jarius humbly knelt before Jesus--pleading with him- -Please come, for my child is dying--
Let them know there is something you cannot do--but show them, that you have faith in the one you say you serve, faith in the one you go to church to worship, sing about--Let them hear you calling out on the Name of the Lord, not just in church--
Fathers, we must be seeker of Him --seekers for wisdom, strength, guidance for the sake of the family
Let your children know, that you are not ashamed of the Gospel, nor the God of the Gospel
Lead them to God, walk with them in God, Experience God together--don’t miss out making those kinds of memories.
SHOW THEM YOUR COMMITTED TO GOD, TO YOUR MARRIAGE, TO YOUR FAMILY
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