Legacy; The Purpose of the Family!
Legacy: The Purpose of Family
By Kamau M. Ade
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27, 28
When God created Humanity, before he took His creation and formed it into one form of human being: Adam, He established the first human tradition into effect when He created Man. Thus setting the precedent for all human beings. The ďBlessingĒ of God was given to all of humanity when it was created. So when God formed humanity into one man, then from the male made a female form called woman (so that male and female would have their own distinct bodies to live in) He created the human institution necessary for His blessing to be received: the Family.
The blessing of God which He stated is this: 1), be fruitful and reap from our work, 2), multiply and increase our selves, 3), replenish the land and refill it with our "God imaged" descendants, 4), subdue the land and make the land produce for us, 5), dominate all of the other animals and creatures on the planet with authority for them to benefit us. So every human being has a Divine prerequisite for Success in life. The blessing of success was decreed to humanity as a species when it was created; yet for us to receive the blessing from God individually God has created and instituted the family. By the family does each of us have access to His "Blessing" by what we call the family legacy and heritage!
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fatherís house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great: and thou shalt be a blessing
Genesis 12:1, 2
In Abram we can see how the family legacy is born. Abramís family legacy so happens to be a spiritual legacy because it originated from a promise from God. Whether the familyís legacy is a positive one or a negative one depends upon the Father (first forefather) of that particular family: and the events surrounding his origins and in particular the adversity he either overcame or was overcome by that established his tradition (that his offspring will be born partakers of).
Part of Abramís family legacy was that he would inherit a land for himself and for the nation of people that would be born from his descendants. So Abram spent some time without a homeland. He lived in tents in different desserts as he journeyed to that land. So because Abram, who later became Abraham, endured with God through the adversity, (showing that he believed the promises), God identified his family: those who came from his loins, with him. Because Abraham was blessed of God for his faithful obedience he created a legacy: a heritage for his offspring to inherit. Therefore we can understand that the blessing of God is established by the father and passed down as a birthright to his heir.
The family heir. The one child, generally male child (but there are exceptions to women) that the birthright is past on to. The birthright: blessing of success for the family is not just success but also the stewardship of the covenant, and therefore the relationship that creates a steward and mediator between God and that family, as it grows and sprouts branches. One of the better examples of this is the story of Issacís sons Esau and Jacob. Jacob really understood the value of the birthright, and went to extreme measures to obtain it. Esau on the other hand did not have the same interest in his birthright that his twin brother had in it, and sold it for a meal. Now understand this, he sold his inheritance: his father Issacís estate and riches, his fatherís favor with God, his fatherís protection and guidance from God all for a bowl of stew. A fair exchange is no robbery: and that absolutely is not a fair exchange! And here is what Jacob received from that birthright.
Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy motherís sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
Genesis 27:28, 29
These are the blessings that both Issac and his father Abraham enjoyed in life, and now by faith, as the writer of Hebrew records, Issac is instilling upon his son Jacob, thinking that it was Esau, these same gifts of Divine favor. Now with these gifts come the same responsibility of faith and obedience that Abraham and Issac displayed before God. Jacob however had not the same character that his father and grandfather had so he was taken through a bit of adversity himself to get his fathersí character in him: and that is where his uncle Laban came into the picture. To make a long story short by the time he had ended his relationship with his motherís brother he had become a much more humble man that put his trust in God and not his own schemes and abilities, as he had before, to get the birthright in the first place.
Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Galatians 4:1, 2
If the heir of the birthright of the blessing of the family legacy is going to be able to keep the blessing, and pass it down to his heir this person must be of a certain character. Generally it is the job of the father to raise up his heir in the character of himself so that the same character of person that God has known in past heirs is still known in the current one. So that it will please God to do the things in this manís life that were promised to him. So the child is under tutors and governors to teach and guide him into the ways of that character. He wears the family name and is the main representative of that family name therefore he is the greatest example of the family character that the name represents. Well if Esau had more of his father's character than Jacob, why then didn't Esau receive the blessing? In the family that has covenant with God the heir is chosen by God: and Jacob was God's choice; so ask Him! So in Jacobís case, because he was his motherís favorite, he was a mommaís boy and took up more of her ways than Issac his father's. (It was his motherís idea to deceive his father and take the blessing away from Esau.) So God sent him to his motherís brother, who of course had the same type of manipulative ways that he and his mother possessed, to show him himself and change him. And yes it worked. Again after he left Laban twenty-one years later he immediately sought out his brother Esau to right his wrongs against him and repair their relationship. Then he received the blessing that had been decreed upon him over two decades prior. He had to grow up and be a true representative of his fathersí name! Jesus explained this point to some religious folk who were claiming to be descendants of Abraham.
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abrahamís children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
John 8:39, 40
The father passes on his character traits unto his son. Although they were by blood descendants of Abraham, to acknowledge themselves as his sons was inappropriate because, from the Hebrew word ben (which means buider of a name), which is translated son, the son builds the name of his father (legacy). They did not the things Abraham did because they did not share Abrahamís character. So Jesus called them rightfully bastards! And know this, bastards are NOT heirs.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Hebrews 12:7, 8
See sons and daughters are not born. They are raised! Children are born and it is the duty of the parents to take their male children and raise up sons to the family name, and take the female children and raise up daughters to the family name. God brought a child into the living by Maryís womb, but He sent a Son to be given for us on that cross. A child who had grown into a Son because he learned obedience to his Father.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Now hear what the Spirit teaches through the scripture. A child was born: but a Son, a mature (young) adult was given, and he has the responsibility to govern: and see his name, he is known in the character of his Father: Wonderful, Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace! He was raised up to be heir of his Fatherís kingdom. How shall he rule as his Father rules if he is not raised up into the character of his Father and His legacy?
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
What does God call pure religion? It is to "visit" i.e. "help" the orphan and the abandoned divorcee in their affliction (not to judge them): the victim of the broken family: the fatherless child and the husbandless wife. Yet not just the wife, but also the wifeless husband. Why do you say this? This is true because, first of all God is not sexist, He is no respecter of persons so He has no double standards as do we; and secondly, the husband who has been abandoned by his unfaithful wife has now left him with his legacy and blessing in doubt. He is blessed to multiply, and replenish the earth. How then can he multiply his name, and refill the earth with his seed if he has no woman to help him do so? If he should do it without a wife he will have produced bastards, and again bastards are not heirs of the blessing. Still God is able to take that bastard child and raised up a new family and legacy to him, but he will have to endure great suffering of adversity to receive it: but again he is the beginning of a new legacy, not an extender of his father's! The son who is heir, his father has already suffered for the sake of his family's legacy. So Satan, the adversary: the agent of adversity in this world understands the effects of life without a sound family structure. This is why the slave master immediately removed the father from the mother and children, and put them in different areas, and allowed no interaction during the holocaust of the slave trade. We praise God that for years single women have worked to keep hold of family structure while men rejected their natural responsibility as head of household: yet truth must be accepted if change will be instituted. The truth that the fatherless family is not blessed with legacy, (and neither is the counterfeit homosexual family!) He that blessed, blessed them: him and her, not him without her or her without him. The shunamite widow was blessed in her household when she allowed the man of God to act as man of the house: and she fed him first. She had her food supplies sustained and she had her son (the beginning of a new legacy that she birth that God was raising up by her) restored to life: not to mention her faith in God renewed!
And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
So once again why did God take two (man and woman) and make them one (family)? So he might see them produce more children (potential families) in his character: to "Bless" them by giving them the riches and glory of His kingdom. The family is the institution where God does the work of raising up sons and daughters to himself. He has though in His purpose prepared for a world of sin, and therefore of defective people in undesirable situations. The family legacy is important to us because through heritage we are passing down the traditions, characteristics, promises, and prosperity of God to our posterity: or they get an ungodly inheritance. Cain passed down his murderous ways through his lineage all the way to Lamech: five generations! We must give love and favor to our brothers and sisters who know the dysfunctional, and broken family. For we all have been adopted into the family of God: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and receive the legacy of faith in Christ, (which is the inheritance of the blessing of salvation into his eternal kingdom), from our father Abraham.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christís, then are ye Abrahamís seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 3:28, 29
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So true. May God bless you:)