Two Bible Fathers

J. D. Conley
June 19, 2016

Fathers that will teach their children the Bible and set the example of obedience, is certainly one definition of, "Bible fathers." Yet this is not the intended meaning of this article's title. Instead, these lines will concern two fathers, both good and bad, as depicted in the Bible.

We do not need fathers such as Lot who proved to be selfish and materialistic, (Genesis 13:10-13). When given the choice between two pieces of land, he chose the better of the two for himself. Upon making this selfish choice the Bible says Lot "pitched his tent toward Sodom." It proved to be a terrible environment in which to raise children, because before long Lot and his family had taken up residence in Sodom. His decision to live in Sodom ended up being a source of vexation for him, (2Peter 2:7,8). By the time Sodom was to be destroyed, Lot had a very difficult time prying his wife and children out of the grasp the city had on them. In fact, his sons in law evidently refused to depart when the angels told them, and its widely known what became of his wife,

(Genesis 19:26).

But had Lot not been materialistic and selfish perhaps Sodom would've been unable to lure he and his family. Far too often fathers make their decisions based on what material thing they can get. Whereas fathers should provide the material necessities for their family, (ITimothy 5:8), the spiritual needs of their children must not be neglected, (Ephesians 6:4).

Instead, we need fathers today such as Lot's uncle, Abraham. Instead of pointing his family in the wrong direction, like his nephew Lot, the following accolade is given him, "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him" (Genesis 18:19). What great trust and confidence God placed in Abraham! If God felt this way toward him, then Abraham must have been one of the greatest fathers of human history. The apostle Paul also bestowed upon Abraham the title, "the father of all them that believe," (Romans 4:11). Its highly unlikely if Abraham would have failed as a father, he would have been spoken of by God in this fashion.

Fathers, may we be far less like Lot, and a lot more like Abraham!