(Deut. 6:5-7) “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children…” Before Israel went in to poses the Promised Land, the Lord warned Israel’s Fathers of the importance of the 3 commandments above. 1) To Love God first above all. God wanted Israel’s Fathers to give first place in their hearts to Him. Why? Because He knew man, and how quickly he would forget Him if he didn’t. You see, if leadership forgets to put God 1st, so will the family and those who follow; therefore, God commanded them to make God the Lord of their heart, soul, and mind. 2) To Know the Word of God. How can a father teach the Word of God if he knows not the Word himself? How sad it is when the leaders of our homes do not study or know for themselves what they are commanded to live and teach. Therefore, God expects all fathers to study the Word so that the Word will direct the home and not this world. 3) To Teach the Word to his family. Fathers are not to push off on mom, or the Church that which God commanded him to do. Family devotions, biblical discipline, admonition, and education are all a part of his responsibilities. For God will first hold the head of the home responsible for not doing that which He has commanded. Oh, that all men would take heed to the above commandments, so that fathers would reflect God!
(Matt. 2:11) “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;...” Christmas is all about the giving of gifts ; God gave the world Jesus (Jn.3:16), and here we see the wise men giving gifts as well. I think that in many ways, gifts are the real reason that the world enjoys Christmas time, but to those of us that understand God’s purpose in sending His Son Jesus, we love this season for a different reason. The Biblical account doesn’t say how many wise men came from the east seeking Jesus, but it does tell us that they gave three different types of gifts; 1) Gold . In Jesus’ day gold was given to honor new kings, and to increase their wealth. Gold also represents the very best that God had to give to us but also the very best man should give to God. 2) Frankincense was the incense burned in the temple of Solomon. It represented praise, pra