Heman’s Legacy

fathers legacy

These are the men who served, along with their sons: (1 Chronicles 6:33)

Read: 1 Chronicles 5:18 – 6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21

Relate: These are the men who served, along with their sons. How awesome is that? Even though two books of the Bible are named after him, Samuel did not have the opportunity to do this. Yes, he had sons. He even tried to set them up as judges like he was. But the people would have no part of that. As godly as Samuel was, his boys chose not to follow in his footsteps. His mentor, the man who raised him almost as another son, could empathize. Eli was a high priest who truly loved God. Unfortunately, his boys only loved themselves. If Samuel had not been given to him for raising, there would not have been a single godly individual serving at the Tabernacle following Eli’s death.

I have known my share of godly men whose children have chosen not to follow. As if this was not torment enough, I have also known plenty of people who then criticize these leaders and question if their private life is all that it should be. After all, if they were “truly” following after God in their private life would not their children be doing the same? Even Billy Graham had this critique leveled against him during his son Franklin’s rebel years.

But enough of that. This verse today is a cause for joy. The chronicler is highlighting Heman and his assistants who all served as worship leaders side by side with their sons. Nearly twenty chapters we will learn that Heman has fourteen sons who all followed in the footsteps of their father. He-man. I am guessing that as he watched his boys worshipping God with everything they had in them, that is exactly how Heman felt.

 

React: I was in ninth grade when I first preached in my father’s church. While I personally felt as though I did a terrible job, I can only imagine the pride my dad felt that day. Although I have no children of my own, a part of me bursts with pride when someone I have had the opportunity to serve as a children’s, youth or college pastor goes off to Bible school, or is planing to head overseas to serve God in another country, or… Whatever it is, there are few joys as pure. I can only imagine the joy experienced by families I know where father and son served side by side.

 

To those men reading this who have raised up godly children, my hat’s off to you. To those with children living in rebellion, my heart and my prayers go out. To those women and mothers reading this, pray for us men. We need it. Because fatherhood is highlighted in the Bible as a mirror that helps us better understand Father God, I firmly believe this is one of Satan’s greatest areas of attack. To those singles who have dreams to one day get married and raise a family, pray that you will find, and become a man that might help raise up the next generation of God followers.

Respond: 

God, I thank you for the legacy of a godly father. I thank You for the years and the time I have had with him. Help me to continue following You with the love and the character and the generosity of heart that my dad taught me. If some day I am to have a family of my own, help me to be a father my children would be proud to call dad. Until that day, help me to seek out younger men who do not have the privilege of having a godly father so they can learn what true, God honoring manhood is all about.

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6 thoughts on “Heman’s Legacy

  1. HI Beejai

    I read you a lot, but have never commented, but this story struck a very personal cord. About 8 years I married a woman who had two children, a boy and a girl. I was actually only saved after she and I met, so I was still a brand new Christian when we married.

    Our son(I call him mine now more or less), was 10 when we met and is 19 now. At any rate, at the age of 14 he was called to preach. There I was, A Christian for only 5 short years, and there I was trying to raise and help train a young man called of God to preach his word.

    At any rate, he is now doing very well in Seminary and gets to preach in some church almost every Sunday now. He has turned into quite a Godly young man.

    Great post, thanks for it.

  2. Beejai,
    All that good men and women can do for their children is to give them a solid foundation of faith while under their roof. As the children go out into the world they will be tested and pulled from one direction to the next as is detemind by the present age’s rage. If they should test the worldly waters, and find that the promises of happiness that they offer are truly shallow, they will always have that early foundation of faith available on which they can stand firm.
    What better proof of the goodness in God’s will than when children realize that it was, from the start, found in the wisdom of their parents’ first teachings.
    -Alan

  3. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:
    We thank You Lord for fathers who are great examples for their children to follow in serving You. It is a comfort to know that when children are dedicated to the Lord they belong and become His too. When earthly fathers come to the end of their resources to raise God-fearing children, they can leave their children in the hands of their loving Father. Praise God

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