Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book Part 4 The Set-Apart Family

How Do We Get There? 


     Getting to the point where people see a difference in the way our 
children act and behave means raising our children on purpose. There 
are reasons why we do things differently. If you desire to see results 
that are different in your children from the normal behavior of other 
children around you then you must be willing to walk a different path.
 Someone once said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over but
 expecting different results.” If we desire to be set-apart we cannot 
accept the post-modern view of the world and the raising of our family. 
     In the post-modern world of today the family and or assembly has
 become impotent. The family and church are either one step behind the
 world or running in step with it. A family which desires to be set-apart 
for Elohim ought to be different. Yahshua told us if we are followers 
of Him the world would hate us as it hates Him. 

1Jn 3:13 Do not marvel, my brothers, if the world hates you.1 Footnote: 
1See John 15:18-19, John 17:14. 

Joh 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it
 hated you. 
Joh 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But
 because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for
 that reason the world hates you. 
     Peter also tells us we are a peculiar people set-apart for the 
purposes of Elohim. 

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation (race), a royal priesthood, an 
holy nation (set-apart), a peculiar people (people for a possession); 
that ye should shew forth (proclaim) the praises of him who hath called
 you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

     Peter is quoting from the Old Testament. 

Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my
 covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: 
for all the earth is mine: 

    In the post-modern world of today children are viewed as an economic 
burden. Children are to be delegated to the care and instruction of 
others. There is no distinct difference between male and female. 
Daughters are taught being self-supporting and independent is more 
important than the high calling of motherhood or of being a helpmate 
to a husband. 
     I am in no way endorsing the the patriarchy movement here. What I
am saying is that society has given up on the biblical mandates for men 
and women and the roles they themselves are to play in the family. The
 underlying current I am trying to suggest is, as parents we are 
responsible to promote a generational faithfulness to the whole word 
of Elohim. It is only in this way we are able to be set-apart and 
influence the society in which we live. 
     Post-modern society tries to fragment the family rather than
 keeping it together. Wives are encouraged to be independent of husbands 
or to serve men other than their husband through work. Husbands are viewed 
as the breadwinner rather than the spiritual leader of the family. 
Children are seen mostly on weekends and in church the family is 
fragmented more. When at home time is spent watching television or 
computer not to mention outside activities of sports and recreation. 
The post-modern family sees personal comfort as the main objective in 
life. 
     Finances are usually handled through adding of debt into the mix.
 When it comes time to take care of our elderly parents it becomes easier
 to allow someone else to care for them. Again our own personal comfort is
 more important. We forget the wisdom and influence an older generation is 
able to have upon our lives and the lives of our children and 
grandchildren. 
     For achieving different results we must begin to see things 
differently. We must reject the glitter of the world. As a set-apart 
person or family we set ourselves up to be somebody different. The world
 around us may see us as being strange. In some cases we don't fit in with 
our extended family. In reality we have become a lesson in faith, a visual 
aid where Elohim has said we do things purposely to be different. He wants
 us to be different so that when people see us they will understand they
 have to be different. What are we to be different from? Different from
 the culture we live in. We are to be faultless, in the world but not of 
it. 

Php 2:15 in order that you be blameless and faultless, children of Elohim
 without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among 
whom you shine as lights in the world, 

     Sampson is an example of being called to be different. His was the vow 
of the Nazarite. He was to be unique, set-apart for Yahweh’s purposes. 
Sampson was not effective in his calling as a visual aid for one reason.
 He went down to the Philistines and rather than being in confrontation 
to the culture there, he chose to participate in it. This is what I see 
in the churches today and why following Abba’s instructions are so 
important. Sampson’s big failure was not so much in violating his 
Nazarite vow but in beginning to participate in the cultural value 
system that he was supposed to be confronting. 
     It is completely impossible for us to live out this Elohim – 
centered existence in confrontation of the cultural values that we 
live with and with which we disagree if we are openly or even secretly 
participating in the value system in which we oppose. The great failure 
of Christianity is its tendency to adopt the cultural values and the 
lifestyle values of the very culture we are supposed to be distinct
 from. Just as when Sampson lived a lifestyle completely separated to
 Elohim’s values he was effective, so to when we live according to 
Abba’s instructions we can be effective. When Sampson compromised 
with the value system he represented he lost his power and effectiveness.
 The same thing happens to us. Our task is to be a part of this 
confrontation between the culture of Elohim and the culture of the
 world. Our task begins and ends with discipleship for ourselves 
and our family. We must recognize that “faith is more often than not 
counter-cultural, that the values it elevates – selflessness, love,
 faith – are often ignored, belittled, or perverted by the society 
we live in. And if Jesus really is Lord, as the Gospels, the apostle 
Paul, and the church insists, then nothing else is, so why should it
 matter what society thinks, does, or says?”3 

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