The Family – The Father

Sunday 7th August 2011 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh

God has ordained the family – father, mother and children and the devil is seeking to attack and destroy the family.

The father is the head of the home, he is the i)priest ii)the provider and iii)the protector

In Hebrew the word Ab means father – singularity of the word, Em means mother but it is plural.

God promised Abraham, he would be the father of many nations. Genesis 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

In the greek father means legal authority.
1) The priest – the father is called to be a spiritual example to his children, to teach his children to pray, read the Word and know the Word. The father seeks the face of God.

Joshua makes a statement being the priest of the home in Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

2) The provider – Proverbs 6 4-9 4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest 9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

The lazy man will lay in bed, laziness and cowardice are characteristics of men who have no ambition. As the father, the responsibility is given to him to provide, to work hard to put a roof over his family’s head and put food on the table, to ensure his children do not go outside to beg.The provider needs to know his source.

The significance of the anointing which is received when the first fruits are sown, the blessing is at the head of the home, it starts from the head and flows to the sole of the feet, the blessing of the father is translated into his household.

Men are to provide, women are not to complain about what he provides. The role of the wife is thriftiness to work within a limit and manage the finances. The household needs to appreciate what the father does to provide.

3) The protector – we are living in a time where we need to constantly look over our children. Jesus protects His children, He said in John 14 2:3 -In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also

The wife can make decisions but the man has the final say, a woman sees things differently from a man. The woman / wife is the help meet Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. …..The world is set in disorder where Women’s liberation makes the woman independent of the man instead of liberated.

Genesis 2 21-24 God took a rib from Adam to make woman21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Husband anytime you hit your wife you abuse yourself, wife anytime you ill-treat your husband you ill-treat yourself. Anything either party does has an effect on the other.

Households in the Bible:
Genesis 18:19 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.

Genesis 35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

Genesis 47:12And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.

Genesis 47:24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

Genesis 42:33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:

Genesis 45:18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

2 Samuel 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

Numbers 18:31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Deuteronomy 11:6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

Deuteronomy 12 5-7 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: 6And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: 7And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

Joshua 7:14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.

The woman role of the wife:
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

1 Corinthians 7 3&4 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Matthew 1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

2 words for husband – Philandros a loving and approachable man and Philander a man full of lust.

Marriage is honourable and the bed undefiled. Men and women need to understand the importance of marriage in relationship to God.

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