Be a Faithful Parent
Be a Faithful Parent
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
Parents, I want to encourage you from this text this morning.
Today, we are living inside of a spiritually dead nation.
It is quite clear that in post-modern America, (a post-Christian society,) we are watching the death of one of the greatest features of creation and of earth’s history, and that is the family.
We are constantly looking at the frenzied parade in media or in our neighborhoods of high divorce rates, sexual rebellion, sexual deviancy, abortion, delinquency, rampant infidelity, escalating violence, substance abuse and the lists goes on and on and on.
So I need to be sobering to you this morning mom and dad, there is an attack on family today like never before, and the assault is out to break the family down.
The family is certainly at the head of the endangered species list in our nation.
Jason Aldean, the country singer who was at the center of the evil that struck Las Vegas last Sunday night said this following that sad event, “Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.”
Now, this isn’t foreign to our Scripture.
The empire that Moses grew up in is not too different than our own. Actually, Egypt is a great biblical picture in history and in the Bible of what a fallen world-system looks like and what the world-system’s ways are apart from God, and these things can be found in every fallen nation, just like our own.
Egypt was ruled by pagan political powers, it was enamored by large hollow structures that wildly boasted of those powers, it was filled with the madness of entertainment, it was filled with many false ideas, false religious beliefs and it bowed down to many false gods, and at the time of Moses’ birth it was aggressive in killing the innocent.
And Moses was caught in the heart of that history.
But Moses had a mom and dad who had a deep, deep faith.
This mom and dad refused to shrink before the hostility of the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh had declared that every male Hebrew child born should be destroyed.
But Moses’ mom and dad, ignored the pressures and threats of the world-system of Egypt. They didn’t buckle underneath it. They were willing to risk everything in order to follow God’s ways. The world wasn’t going to dictate their life, because they desired God to direct their life.
Will you let God direct your life today?
Jochabed and Amram lowered Moses into a basket that sailed away down the River Nile, but by the providence of God, it sailed into the Pharoah’s yard where the Pharaoh’s daughter took Moses into her home and raised him in the Pharoah’s house.
But God would be at work in the heart and circumstances of this young man.
Here are 5 Challenges for parents from this text, as we seek to raise our kids today.
1. Raise Them to Know Their True Identity.
After growing up in the house of the Pharaoh and in the public arena of Egypt’s cultured and wealthy society, there was an awareness still in him at the age of 40 that never relented, he had an understanding of himself that simply never blunted—Moses knew that he wasn’t a worldly Egyptian—he was a Hebrew, and he knew that it was the God of the Hebrews who was the true God.
And at that point, he was able to reach down into the spiritual resources he had gained from his real mom and dad, and he eventually renounced the title and identity of being the “Son of Pharoah’s Daughter,” and rose up to live in his true identity.
Raise your children to know who they truly are as they grow up in a pagan society like ours that tells them many dangerous lies.
Our children need to know who they are, because of Whose they are.
Will they be able to reach down into the resources they gained from our care, and our love, and our spiritual instruction and depth of faith in those times when Hollywood, or Cosmopolitan, or that broken peer group, or the culture at large, or during a crisis, and have a great epiphany—an epiphany that makes them realize in the greatest way possible, that they are children who are loved by Christ, rescued by Christ and that they are the rightful heirs of God’s heaven because they have placed their faith in Christ, and that they are the children of God because of the mighty power of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection??!
Parents, we have that responsibility to show them Christ and lead them to this true identity that only God can give them.
2. Raise Them to Resist the Fallen System.
Moses took his vision off of the consuming, anxiety-driven system of the Pharaoh, and looked to God instead. What are you and I looking at as parents this morning? Where are we really pointing our children to look?
Moses rejected the seductions of the Egyptian empire and chose the treasuries of God instead.
We too must raise our kids to resist being defined or destroyed by the production, consumption and commodity of goods, media and entertainment that have blinded and bent this nation for too long.
Let them look to Christ.
Jesus calls out in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Jesus knows that every empire, including ours, places heavy yokes, heavy burdens, of marketplace pressure, and endless expectations for wealth, success, fame, popularity, possessions, and a “doing more, having more” lifestyle, and it commands people to yield to this kind of heavy yoke.
Jesus resisted such a yoke, and instead offers a simple life of discipleship that concerns loving God and loving others, and it resists the fallen and broken requirements of a greedy society.
Don’t get confused and raise your kids to be merely successful, or wealthy and popular, but raise them to ultimately be humble, faithful and compassionate.
This generation, and the ones coming, are going to need such disciples.
3. Raise Them to Have Courage and a Vision of God.
I know in my own parenting, I have tried my best to show my children to not be afraid of what the world thinks, or what others think, or what the world says we need to accept in our life and thinking.
We need to be brave and go against the grain when it is the most vital that we do go against it. But we have to look to God to do this.
Courage only comes from confidence in God and what He has done and is doing in Jesus Christ.
Its looking to Scripture and seeing that God is infinitely bigger and better than anything before us.
When Moses led the people out of Egypt, he faced the greatest pressure as a leader, and that pressure was fear.
The Pharaoh opposed him, opposed God, opposed true worship, and opposed true belief.
We face the same pressure.
Our children will face the same pressure.
People will oppose the church, oppose God, oppose our worship and oppose our belief. But we have to be courageous.
It is quite obvious that we see a generation of cowards being raised up in our nation who end up acting out of imbecility, and out of beliefs that are terribly contradictory and have not be examined with reason and maturity.
So the fear of being different, being left out, not following along with a blind generation that leads the blind into the ditch of immorality, confusion and destruction in our times will confront our children.
Our children will need to be spiritually courageous, and having an powerfully entranced view of God is how they will do it.
That was how Moses did it.
He focused his vision on God and God’s Word, not on the Pharaoh and his anthill kingdom.
Moses “endured as seeing Him who is invisible.”
Culture does not set the agenda for God’s people. So we can’t let our kids see us caving in fear to Egypt’s demands.
If our families set our sights on God, we are not to going to back down, and we won’t live fearing the face of fallen man, especially when fallen man tells us what we need to do or to be. So raise your children to look to God and be courageous.
4. Raise them to Trust God’s Word.
Moses listened to God. God told him that the last plague to fall on Egypt would change everything. So to protect the Israelites, they were to celebrate a Passover meal where the blood of the lamb that would be eaten was to be placed that night on the doorposts of every home that had faith in God.
Moses believed God’s word, as did the people and so they accepted the provision God made for them.
We must raise our kids to trust God’s Word, which will lead them to trust God’s Son and the provision Christ only provides for us through His blood found in His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins.
Just as the blood was placed on the doorposts of Israel and God “passed over” those homes, Christ’s provision for salvation must be received, and His blood placed on the doorposts of our hearts, and God then passes over our sins and penalty, having absorbed it all in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
We must raise our kids to know this, and trust in it.
5. Raise Them to Take Steps of Faith.
In that moment when the Egyptians were coming against the people, Moses challenged his people to not be afraid, but to stand strong.
Now there is no doubt in my mind that when that Sea split open wide and the dry land appeared, it was the moms and dads that leapt forward first, and their children followed in their steps.
We must model steps of faith for our children.
They must see you and me step forward in faith to be who God calls us to be, to step forward in faith to do what God calls us to do, whether that is in service in the church, or in service as a Christian in your job or neighborhood.
We raise our children to take steps of faith by taking those steps first.
They see our footprints and step into them, and by the grace of God, grow up to make steps of faith of their own.
Parents, lets go forth with God, and listening to God’s Word, lets be faithful parents for the sake of our children, for the sake of the future, and for the sake of the Kingdom.