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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 KINGS 15:1-8

Considering 1 Kings 15:1-8, the last post was focused upon grandparents. Here, keeping the same theme let us consider parents. If you haven’t read the previous post you can find it here: Grandparents.

Parents

For parents here we could focus on Solomon and Rehoboam. Knowing that most of the trouble being faced here stems from Solomon, let’s take our focus from Rehoboam. Abijam had a short reign. This was due to the fact that he continued in the sins of his father.

Rarely in Kings will we read of a child reversing the pattern of his parents before him. It does happen…then and today. But, usually we read of the children following the parents’ pattern. Abijam could have followed after David. He could have taken from the wisdom of Solomon. Still, he stayed with what he knew and followed those he was comfortable with…Mom and Dad.

Fathers & Mothers…please never underestimate the impact you have on what will become the adults of this world. More times than not, our children will grow up to be like us. Abijam certainly did.

“Fruit never falls far from the tree.” The Germans have a proverb, “Whatever the old sing, the young chirp.” We shouldn’t expect our children to learn from our mistakes. We should change our ways and instruct them in what is right. Do you fail to pray? Do you neglect reading the Word? Do you handle money poorly? Do you have poor eating habits? Are you frequently late? Do you have a poor attitude? Are you a grumbler? Your children will. Unless you begin NOW to change yourself and instruct your children.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.