Charity does began at home, they say. But how true it is that those of ones own house can become enemies.
Yesterday at our meeting, the sad account of Cain and Abel was read from Genesis 4 ...
My own children have entered adulthood except two daughters, who are at this point, also serving our Lord.
I am going to attempt in the future to live toward them all as if I had a very short time to live upon this earth. This plan will hopefully put things into an eternal perspective. And hopefully, the little things which can get blown up will be seen as to what they really are - little things.
The sons of Aaron. The sons of Eli. The sons of Gideon. The sons of various kings of Judah. There seems to be no guarantee. One thing I do notice is, the mother was frequently mentioned - whether the boy was good or not. Something to do with upbringing I guess.
-------------------- My Father speaks to me in OT too and I see Him everyday.
Without making a complicated survey of all those characters you mention, chubbena, I would tend to agree. However, I suspect a critical element in the failed fathers would be exactly what D mentioned, something about that eternal perspective. I seem to recall in general those fathers overly concerned about what they could have on this plane of existence were the ones who produced worldly children. Those who remained willing to sacrifice inspired better behavior in their progeny.
Parents have a divine responsibility to raise their children in obedience, not only to themselves, but to the Lord. Problems arise when we try to force the will rather than guide it or when we are too removed from our children. A child must be raised as the Lord raises us. They must learn to obey us from a disposition of love rather than stern rules. Oh, rules are necessary, with their consequences, and the parent must be firm, but we must cultivate in our children the desire to obey out of love rather than a fear of punishment. This is the Lord's way.