Daily Reading: Genesis 18, 19; Matthew 6
“For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” (Genesis 18:19, NASB95)
God had promised Abraham to make him a mighty nation and that in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed (Gen. 12:2-3; 18:18). How was this going to come about? Abraham must command his children and household. God chose Abraham for His purpose of creating a God-fearing community. How important is it for Abraham to teach his children? The promise of fulfilment is contingent on Abraham’s obedience in this (see Gen. 22:15-18; 26:5). Abraham originally was commanded to go and leave his country, relatives, and father’s house, to the land which God would show Him (Gen. 12:1). Being a blessing to the nations involves repentance and becoming part of God’s new community.
God uses the strongest of language concerning what Abraham is to teach his children. He is to command his children after him. While they live in his house, they do not have a choice whether they will serve God or worship idols. It is also clear that he is not to just teach them with words, but to command his children after him, meaning he is to set the example of keeping the way of the Lord? Has God chosen you to be a part of His people? Does your life demonstrate to others what it means to follow the way of the Lord?