Lazaroo – Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jul 09, 2009 I Lazaroo.

Open a vein and bleed the words of this Lazaroo aloud to God:

“Do not be like your forefathers…declares the LORD.”
(Zechariah 1:4)

I know I’m supposed to honor my father and mother.

You want me to honor my ancestors, too.

But with these words given through Your prophet, You make it clear You don’t want me to ignore their sins and mistakes.

You expect me to learn from them.

Not repeat them.

That’s easier said than done.

The examples they’ve set before me are powerful influences on my life.

Even the ones I hate

have a way of showing up in my behavior when I least expect it.

Rid me of their evil influence, Jesus!

Shatter their strongholds.

Break their power over me.

Rewire my DNA.

Do whatever You have to do to help me follow in the holy footsteps of my forefathers…

…and leave their missteps behind me in the dust.

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Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 22:28; Deuteronomy 32:7; Matthew 15:3-6; Amos 2:4-5; Joshua 24:14-15; Jeremiah 11:7-8; Acts 7:51-53; Hebrews 12:9-13

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7 responses so far.

  1. Norm Carlson Says:

    Steve and Jeff:
    Thanks for the explanations. Much appreciated. Much clearer now.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Hi Norm, I will give you my take. It seems that people were sherking their responsibilities to help (or honor) their parents by letting them do without and using the traditional teaching to justify it. Instead of helping their parents with their resources, they decline and pronounce that their resources belong to God. They considered this ultra-pious. Jesus was calling them on it and in fact, telling them that they honor their own traditions over the commandments of God (which in this case was the honoring of the parents).

    If anyone else sees this differently, I would welcome the insight.

  3. Steve Says:

    You’re right, Rachel – God’s Word is our ultimate heritage.

  4. Steve Says:

    Great question on Matthew 15:3-6, Norm – God is telling us to take care of our family members and not use as an excuse that we can’t afford to, because we’re giving that money instead to the church!

  5. rachel Says:

    steve, you have no idea how much i needed to hear that this morning. i’ve been finding great encouragement the past couple of weeks from psalm 119:111, “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart”. so thankful God Himself has given me an incredible heritage.

  6. Ken Ferry Says:

    Steve,

    One of the most deflating and attention getting experiences I can think of is to hear my mom’s or dad’s words coming out of my mouth. Or even worse, my blood freezes when I see myself in something one of my own children says or does.

    I wish the solution was as simple as praying for and receiving a DNA transplant from God. My guess is that the reason God states this as a command is because we will always have the opportunity to fall back into the sins of our forefathers. If I am right, our only hope is diligence in maintaining an ever closer walk with God.

  7. Norm Carlson Says:

    I was hoping someone could clarify one of the scripture passages for me. Matthew 15:3-6. It is this part that I need help with:

    5But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ 6he is not to ‘honor his father[c]’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

    I think it means that if I do something for my parents, but tell them it is a gift to God, I am in fact going against what God has commanded, thus nullifying His word. I should instead do it for my parents, for their sake, thus fulfilling the word of God. I’m not clear on the reference “for the sake of your tradition” – what that means.

    Am I on the right track? What does the “tradition” aspect mean?

    Thanks.

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