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Patriarchs were men of renown. They are memorialized by the bible (The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). These three were fathers of the faith. David is also called a patriarch in Acts 2:29, as are the twelve sons of Jacob in Acts 7:8.

Patriarchs were men who ruled their families in a godly fashion. They lived incarnational, instructed their family in God’s truths, inspected their family’s spiritual progress, invested their lives in building a godly legacy, and lived irenic.

Why did the concept of a patriarch die with the bible? Is it possible to begin again? I think it is. God is on a mission to get men to step up and lead.

In our church, we challenged the men to become patriarchs of faith. We exhorted them to begin a lasting legacy, which would forever change their families, and the city we live in. Why not?

This post will serve as the table of contents for my Present Day Patriarchs series. The 13 posts reflect the 13 points in the message preached to fathers.

1. Lead with a Limp. 

2. Lead with Vision.

3. Lead with Courage.

4. Quit Running.

5. Weep and Watch.

6. Preach wordless Sermons.

7. Favor the Family.

8. The Precious Perspective.

9. God is the Center.

10. Lead your own Family.

11. Perfect the Pace.

12. Build a house.

13. Pitch a tent – Build an Altar.

 

 

Part 13 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:18And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.

Genesis 33:19And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred pieces of money.

Genesis 33:20And he erected there an altar, and called it El-el-o-he-Israel.

We finally have come to the end of the Present day Patriarchs series. Jacob has accomplished quite a bit in just 1 chapter of holy writ. Now, the finishing touches are being made.

First of all, Jacob purchased a piece of the promise land. This promise land was his family’s inheritance. Before Jacob was freely given this land, he stepped out by faith and purchased a good size chunk. Jacob bought into the promises of God. It’s a powerful thing when a patriarch shows his family he has bought into what God promised He would do. A father buys into the promises of God when he invests faith and finances into his family. Continue Reading…

Build a House

July 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

Part 12 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:17And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

Jacob is the 1st patriarch to build a house for his family. When I studied this passage of scripture, I was surprised to find most commentators condemned Jacob over this action. I commend him for it.

Years of traveling from place to place without any real structure or stability will definitely wear on a man. That is the life Jacob has lived and enjoyed. But his family is rapidly expanding. The trail has gone cold. It’s time for his family to have a house that is a home.

I’m not condemning the tent-life (my next blog is about that); I am advocating the need for a house. Continue Reading…

Perfect the Pace

July 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

Part 11 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:12And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

Genesis 33:13 – And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if the men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

Genesis 33:14Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

It takes wisdom to accomplish what Jacob did in the scripture passage above. Jacob decides to lead his own family, and now he recognizes another important factor: the pace at which he would lead his family. Esau and his four hundred men were equipped for speed and traveling light. Jacob and his family had all their belongings and a broad range of ages to work with. Jacob realized there were two different dynamics at hand: Esau and his four hundred, and Jacobs’ developing children. Continue Reading…

Part 10 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:12 – And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

Genesis 33:13- And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if the men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

Genesis 33:14 – Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

Jacob and Esau made their peace. Then they decided it was time to go on. Esau and his four hundred men offered Jacob three things: to lead, protect, and choose the destination. Seems like a good offer. But patriarch Jacob turned it down.  This decision made all the difference in the world for his family.

Jacob decided to lead his own family. Never put your family in the hands of somebody else; especially somebody like Esau and his four hundred men. Continue Reading…

Part 9 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:5 – And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

Genesis 33:10 – And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou was pleased with me.

Genesis 33:11 – Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

One of the significant highlights of the patriarchs was their view of God. They were called of God, led of God, worshipped God, and taught their children about God. The God factor in their lives is what produced all the favor that manifested. This is what separated them from every other leader in the world. They were built on and around God. God was their center.

This perception of God was powerfully prominent in their lives. They and their families understood this concept. Today it is common for a father to include God in their schedules, but not be built on God. God is there, He is liked, but He is not Lord

There is a vast difference between those two ways of living. Continue Reading…

Part 8 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:5 – And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

ConnectPoint has been blessed with a bunch of babies. We have a great Sunday school program and a well-staffed nursery. However, if children happen to be in our service, making noise, it will not bother us.  (If our service is so quiet that children are interrupting – we are already in trouble). That noise is the sound of blessing.

Jacob had a great view of his children. From Jacob’s perspective, these children were precious to God and to himself.

My wife and I have been blessed with two great little girls.   Continue Reading…

Favor the Family

June 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Part 7 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:4 – And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Genesis is the seed plot of the entire bible. If you pull a string of truth in this book, a page will pucker in the N.T. somewhere. This book births every major truth in the bible.

One of the paramount truths is gleaned in the numerous records of families and their genealogies. To be sure, this is redundant reading notwithstanding, the myriad records of families teach us – God favors the family unit. The bible record reflects this revelation.

God is more interested in blessing entire families than solitary subjects. He worked His plan of new beginnings through Adam’s family, Noah’s, and Abrahams. He spoke of blessing them and their children after them. His intention is to save the world one family at a time. Continue Reading…

Part 6 of the Present day Patriarch’s series.

Genesis 33:3 – And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

Genesis 33:6 – Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

Genesis 33:7 – And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

My father was in an accident in his pre-teen years that left him with a permanent limp. My youngest brother, Geoff, when learning how to walk, walked with a limp as well. He saw my father limp, and he emulated dad’s walk.

It was said of Adam’s children; they were all born in his likeness (Genesis 5:3). This set the permanent precedent for fathers and their following children. There is a great chance that your children will act just like you. They will take on your characteristics, both good and bad. Therefore, father’s, what kind of example are you living before your babies?

One of the curses of the Patriarch’s up to this point in scripture is the children had mainly inherited the character flaws of their parents. They lie, scheme, cheat, and disobey; just like their parents. Jacob is being called upon here to break this cycle. Continue Reading…

Weep and Watch

June 27, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is part 5 of the Present day Patriarchs series.

Genesis 33:2 – And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

Genesis 33:4And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

The important thing to notice in this passage of scripture is that Jacob is both courageous and cautious. He is confronting his past, while keeping his family protected behind him. No doubt the hugging and weeping is a God thing; however, Jacob isn’t oblivious to the other 400 men that may not share Esau’s sentiments.

If all goes badly, the family is in order behind Jacob, and perhaps a few of them would be able to escape. I don’t think that Jacob ordered his family according to his favorites, rather they’re ordered for proper operation. It’s a good plan. Continue Reading…