11th February 2017 - admin
Barabbas was a man who lived in Jerusalem, Judea, around AD29 during the time of the Roman Empire. Barabbas was a troublemaker, a thief and a murderer. The punishment for his crimes was that he had to be crucified; which was a common punishment. This meant that he was to be nailed to a wooden cross until he would die of exhaustion and suffocation. Beyond these details, the Bible does not tell us very much about Barabbas, so the story described below is a realistic interpretation of what may have taken place. Often the Romans would force a criminal to make the cross that they were going to die on. This may have been to cause the criminal some mental suffering to go with the […]
The commitment of Christian parents
Christian parents must demonstrate a commitment to raise their children in the covenant of sonship and not allow them to be brought up by a surrogate person or under any other covenant. God has committed this mandate to parents and it must be personally fulfilled by parents. Our extended family cannot raise our children, nor train them in the fear and nurture of the Lord. God has given parents this privilege, and it comes with a very large accountability. The apostle Paul declared, ‘Do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord’.
Christian parents must firstly ensure that they are not harbouring any alternative covenants in their marriage. These other covenants are often the unspoken power within many households. These false covenants can involve such things as the man serving the wife’s agenda, putting family ahead of the Lord, compromising with worldly culture or not crossing the children’s will. All of these alternative covenants will have a significant impact upon their children and may even lead to their destruction. God holds every parent accountable. Jesus said, ‘If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea’.
The major question for every Christian household is: what or whom are we serving? A covenant household will reply, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’. As Christian parents, we must learn to walk carefully but purposefully, so that we cause our children to be ‘the good man’ whose steps are ordered by the Lord. This is what it means to train them in the way they should go. When they are trained this way, they will not depart from the Lord. Rather, they can become pillars in His house, standing firm, who ‘go no more out’.