Archive for June 19th, 2012

A Father’s Advice

June 19, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, June 17th, which was Fathers’ Day.

I.  A Father’s Advice : I Kings 2:1-4

2 Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn; that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Be Strong:  This is not referring to physical strength, but the strength to live by your convictions; to do the right thing when everyone else is doing the wrong thing, to do the right thing when everyone is watching you, or when no one is watching you.

Prove Yourself A Man:  Our society has a lot of wrong ideas of what it is to be a man.  To be a man from a Biblical perspective is to be able to lead the way spiritually.

Keep the Charge of the Lord:  We are all called to live according to the teaching of scripture.  In addition, each of us has a calling on our lives.  There is something that God has planned for us.  We are to live according to the Word, and to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

That You May Prosper:  Prosperity comes in many forms.  It is not just money, but includes many things that we might not think of at first.

II.  A Prayer For Wisdom  I Kings 3:7-9

Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Before we can do what is right, we need to know what is right.  We read the Bible, interpret the Bible and apply the Bible.  There is plenty of room for error.  We need God’s help to correctly complete the process.

So, David’s advice to his son is good advise for us today.  We are to be strong morally, to know what is right, and do it.