Bible Dads – Adam

imageGenesis 4:1-2
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.

Adam. The first dad on planet earth. The first to have 2 sons. I could only imagine the feeling of being the only dad in the whole world. Imagine the stuff you wouldn’t have to teach your kids. Don’t talk to strangers wouldn’t be an option because, well, there were no other people. Don’t play in the street, don’t be rude in public, play nice with the other kids, all of these sayings wouldn’t have been an option. It would be a extremely less stressful environment to say the least.

So what did I learn from Adam in regards to being a dad? You have to be there for your kids. You have to be intentional in how you interact with your kids. Later on in the story, as most of you know, Cain becomes rather upset at his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:3-5
In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.

The bible doesn’t say much about Adam’s interaction with Cain and Abel, but what if Adam would have stepped in when Cain was upset with God. What if he would have pulled his son aside and said, “Hey bud, it’s ok to be upset. But it’s how you react when you’re upset that matters.”

Genesis 4:8
Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

If my son had just killed his brother I’d be extremely upset to say the least. Upset at him, God, and myself. Hopefully none of us will experience such a tragedy.

This is not a bash on Adam post. I’m not saying Adam made a mistake. I am not saying Adam was a lousy father who neglected his kids. Or that he was so preoccupied with other matters he didn’t notice or care about his kids. Every dad has failed many times with his kids and I’m no exception. I don’t know what Adam was doing during the murder of Abel, but I wish scripture would have told us that Adam tried to talk to Cain prior to Abel’s murder.

I’m sure Adam was a great dad. I believe God in His infinite wisdom knew Adam would be able to handle being the first dad on earth. God blessed Adam with that honor and I want to honor that as well.

If I learned anything from the story of Adam it is this: You have to be intentional with your kids. You may not have all the answer’s, but being there for your kids will make an impact on them. Your kids will make their own choices, the only thing we can do is help guide them to the correct path. God’s path.

I don’t want people to read stories about my kids and wonder where was their dad in all this.

Take the time to write yourself into your children’s stories Dads and may God bless you.

-Donald

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Bible Dads – Joseph

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So I have a question for the dads out there. Who’s your favorite earthly dad in the Bible? Was it Adam because he was the 1st dad on earth? Or king David with his son Solomon? Maybe Jacob, Abraham, or Moses perhaps.

Mine is Joseph. Not the Joseph we read about in Genesis, but the Joseph who raised our savior Jesus. The bible doesn’t go into great detail about Joseph. We know he was a carpenter. (Matt 13:55) He was a just man. (Matt 1:24) He listened to commands. (Matt 2:13) He was protective of his family. (Matt 2:13)

These are all great traits to have as a dad, but what I love most about Joseph is that he was not perfect. The bible gives us a great example of this regular dad making a mistake.

Luke 2:41-52
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

Did you catch that? Joseph left Jesus, the savior of mankind and son of God, behind for a day! A whole day of travel. Put yourself in Joseph’s sandals for a minute. You just lost the son of God, you know the boy you were commanded to raise and protect. Now he’s lost and you know that the wrath of God will be descending upon you if you don’t find him. Can you imagine the prayer Joseph said in that moment? “God, I lost your son. I know you told me to raise him and protect him, but can you please help me find him so I don’t get hit with a lightening bolt.” When Mary says “Your father and I have been searching for you in great distress” you know it’s GREAT DISTRESS!

But rather than hammer on Joseph’s mistake I’d like to look at him as a dad. He’s human just like us. He failed just like us. But in that failure Jesus told his earthly dad, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” He was reassuring Joseph that it’s ok if he failed. God the Father was taking care of him. God the Father was protecting him.

Joseph was human and I’m thankful that the bible shows us that even the earthly father of Christ can make a mistake. He can mess up but yet still be reassured that God loves him. I know in my own life I hammer on myself when I make mistakes with my kids. I know that I don’t want to fail them as a dad. But with reassurance from the story of Joseph even I can mess up and yet still be loved by God.

Stop hanging onto the mistakes and let God reassure you Dad!

-Donald

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