The Rechabites: A Story For Teens

Children, it is a great privilege, yea, a great responsibility to obey your parents in the LORD.

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The Issue:

The Basic Truths Of Life!

TRUTHS

The BibleEveryone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.

1. The Brevity Of Life

"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)

2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance

You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)

3. The Sureness Of Trouble

Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).

4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!

5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:

We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!

6. That Men Never Learn From History

We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!

7. What Should You Do?

"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]

THE BIBLE :

Believe The BOOK!

The King James Bible

BibleThis is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .

Home In The Hills:

[Or New Jerusalem]

LONG HOME

demo Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?

The Rechabites: A Story For Teens

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.JamesRechabites


"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward" Psalm 127:3

Parents, it is a great privilege, yea, a great responsibility to raise your children up in this world.

Its a great reward."Children, obey your parents in the LORD: for this is right. Honor thy father and thy mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Ephesians 6: 1-3

Children, it is a great privilege, yea, a great responsibility to obey your parents in the LORD. Its a great reward. 

God's commandment found in Ephesians chapter six is GOOD for the children. it is RIGHT!

You do believe God? (Yea, my hope and for you is to believe what God has said ... and to DO it.)

Conventional understanding has it that the children need to obey their parents while they are young ... while they are in the home .. and until they grow up. Lets restate it this way.

While the children are children ... the children need to honor and obey their parents in the LORD ... FOR THIS IS RIGHT ... WITH PROMISE.

Now after the children grow up ... and leave their parents home ... they are no longer under the authority of their parents. As adults now they assume the responsibility to navigate the ship of their own lives before God. You would think it would end here.

Yea, the conventional understanding does end here, but now the bizarre begins. What does God's BOOK show? In Jeremiah chapter 35 the wild scene unfolds! Let's consider a message from God to us ... and to our children. What will you do with it?

In this message, "The House Of The Rechabites," is a lost truth. It is a lost truth to this generation, which is "a proud people."

The principles, herein, are no longer practiced in America except by a small remnant of God-fearing people. It is this narrative found in Jeremiah chapter 35 that I wish to dwell on, and pour out my heart over every father and mother in the land concerning your precious children, even all your sons and daughters.

Open a King James Bible and read Jeremiah chapter 35.

This peculiar scene will come into your view! The sons of Jonadab, the son of Rechab, are shown in "the house of the Lord," verse (2), with "pots full of wine, and cups," being commanded to drink wine.

(Now you might think, that they are being asked to do a wicked thing by drinking this "hooch," but this is not the case. These descendants of Jonadab, the son of Rechab, are sitting at a table being commanded to drink of "the fruit of the vine," not the fermented stuff of Proverbs 23:30-33.

"But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers."

You see; what could be more innocent and honest than sowing seed in a field? What could be more harmless than planting a vineyard? Or better yet, building a house? Is building a house wrong? Is it? God forbid!

Nowhere in the Scripture, could one find that the Lord condemns any one of these activities. Sowing seed, planting a vineyard and building a house are rather to be acknowledged throughout the Scripture as being pure, honest and true endeavors. Therefore, "the wine" sitting before these "sons" is the fresh and pure "fruit of the vine." To accentuate further, the Holy Ghost portrays "these sons" being commanded, verse (5), by Jeremiah … the prophet of God! "Drink ye wine."

Now, at this point almost every son (or daughter) would be willling to depart from the instruction of his or her father. After all, it is the "man of God" who is commanding these sons!

What normal son or daughter would consider obeying a father over that of obeying “the man of God”? 

(At this juncture, I feel need to tell you, not to get upset with me, just be patient. Let the Scripture explain itself and blow the fog out to sea!)

Now back to those sons of Jonadab, the son of Rechab. What do you think they did? Verse 6-7.

"But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers."

These sons of Jonadab, the son of Rechab, declare in verse 8-10, "Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us."

Now, I ask you, who gives the greatest testimony in behalf of these descendants of Jonadab, the son of Rechab? Verse 12-14, "Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me."

It is God that gives the testimony!

In the verses following, verse (15-17), the Lord God of hosts announces his judgment of his people. For great is his wrath to be revealed. He would use "Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon" to perform the destruction of Jerusalem, verse 11.

Looking forward, in the future, in the book of Revelation, we will see "Jacob's trial" or "The Great Tribulation," a time of terrible judgment on this earth for those who worship the beast [Revelation 14:9-10], "the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God."

In our text, Jeremiah 35, in the face of God's impending judgment on Jerusalem we see the tremendous commendation and testimony given to the sons and the daughters, who hearkened unto their father. The SAME holds true till this very day! God has an established principle. It is timeless!

He has never been revoked the promise to sons and daughters for hearkening to the instruction of the parents that are in the Lord, throughout their lives, (Ephesians 6). (In fact, sons and daughters that do not have either parent "in the LORD" can still honor those "unsaved" parents in those things that will not result in sin.

These will be things that will not place the son or daughter "cross wise" with the word of God.) Those sons and daughters that cast off the instructions and commands of their God-fearing parents will not know or experience "the testimony of Jonadab, the son of Rechab".

Listen to the Scripture! It is Spirit of God showing forth God's revelation to man!

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that God's Holy Scripture is replete with the admonition of the importance in God's eyes of the father's commandments to his children and equally the importance in God's eyes the children's response.

It is wonderful to see children hearkening unto their parent’s instruction concerning God's commandments, i.e. The Ten Commandments to Israel in Exodus 20, or any of God's commands throughout the Book, from Genesis to Revelation. This speaks of a good testimony in the face of the course of this wicked world.

Even more remarkable is God's testimony "flowered" unto sons and daughters who obey their fathers in the things that are of themselves "pure" and "innocent" as the sowing of seed, as the planting of a vineyard, as the building of a house or the drinking of wine (the fruit of the vine).

Hearken! {3:1} My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: {2} For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. {4:1} Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. {2} For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. {3} For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. {4} He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. {5} Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. {6} Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. {7} Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. {8} Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. {9} She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. {10} Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. {11} I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. {5:1} My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. {2} Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. {3} Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”

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Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
[Verse 1]

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.  [Verse 2]

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: [Verse 3]

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? [Verse 4]

 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. [Verse 5]

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [Verse 6]

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.         [Verse 7]

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. [Verse 8]