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Faith Filled Friday: Great Fathers in the Bible

June 20, 2020

by Connie Terpack

Fathers have an important role in the family, as the leaders, protectors and providers. Since Fathers Day is this Sunday I thought some fathers from the Bible would be a nice subject for this Faith Filled Friday blog.

Noah was faithful to God and followed his orders to build the ark. He wanted to protect his family.
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Abraham was considered the Father of the Jewish Nation. He had to pass God’s test of offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice. I cannot imagine how hard that was to do. He was not always patient. He had a son by his wife’s maid and called him Ishmael. God had other planes and it was not until he and Sarah were in their old age they had Isaac.
Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12

Isaac, Abraham’s son, was the father of twin boys named Esau and Jacob. In Genesis 22: 9-11 Abraham puts Isaac on the alter and is ready to slay him for the sacrifice. Through his father, Isaac learned learned an invaluable lesson about obedience and trusting God.
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22

Jacob was the Father of the 12 Tribes of Israel. He started out on the rough side by stealing his brother Esau’s birthright. He was married to two sisters, Leah and Rachel. Jacob had twelve boys and a girl. His twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel. God works with our mistakes and disobedience.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

Moses was the Giver of the Law, the father to Gershom and Eliezer, and a father figure to the Hebrew people. He shows us that we can achieve huge tasks if we stay close to God.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5

David, a lowly shepherd boy, became a great king. He trusted God to help him defeat Goliath. David sinned, repented, and found forgiveness. His son Solomon became one of Israel’s greatest kings.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Joseph, a simple carpenter, became the foster father of Jesus and taught him the carpentry trade. He had a tough decision to make after learning that Mary was pregnant and not by him. An angel appeared and told him it was all right. He learned to trust God.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

Job was very wealthy and always gave God thanks and praise for what he had. Then the devil intervened and Job lost everything – his health, home, family, and wealth. Yet he never cursed God. For his faithfulness, God restored everything to him and then some.
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7

Solomon was the wisest man in history, but he was not always a great dad. His sons turned away from him and God because of his terrible example. Yet Solomon, through God’s inspiration, wrote most of the book of Proverbs.
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19, 20

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