Scripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-19
Tension between leaving things of this world and needing things of this world.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Jesus demands our supreme affection. If there is a competition of affections, then choose Jesus Christ, not saying to intentionally have problems with family!
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Just people leave wealth to family, unjust lose it.
1 Timothy 5:3-8
Honour widows that are widows indeed.4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Honour—support financially. Nephews—descendants, grandchildren. Requite—pay back your parents for their trouble in caring for you. Church is only to support a truly alone widow who is also godly—limits on our giving?
Worse than infidel—even heathen scum know you should provide for your family!
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Honour—same word as in 1 Timothy 5:3—help financially if in trouble. They claim they can’t give to parents because they’ve designated their stuff to eventually give to the Lord.
--Giving money to God while neglecting legit family needs is wrong!
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Looking back has to do with family. Remember Lot’s wife. Using family as an excuse to deny following Christ is a problem. Waiting for dad to die might thwart all obedience to God.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Offered up—sasid as though the act actually occurred. Not the only time an only begotten son was offered! Abraham knew God could raise him from the dead. Resurrection was a reality for OT believers. The only begotten son who could be raised from the dead. Hmm. . .
The relationship between Father and Son was split for your benefit.