Notes from a sermon by Dr. Greg Sloop preached at the Kannapolis Church of God in the March 5, 2017 pm service.
1 Chronicles 5:23–26 (NKJV) The Family of Manasseh (East)
23 So the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land. Their numbers increased from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir, or Mount Hermon.24 These were the heads of their fathers’ houses: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. They were mighty men of valor, famous men, and heads of their fathers’ houses.25 And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into captivity. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan to this day.
Passing the Faith Along
Introduction to the Faith of Our Fathers
Essentials of the Faith:
Monotheism and the Trinity (One God existing in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ (born of a virgin, man and God, died, rose again, ascended to right hand of Father as Intercessor, coming again)
The Agency of the Holy Spirit today (Helper, Comforter, Draws individuals to Christ, enlivens faith, sanctification, baptism in the Holy Spirit)
Salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ
The Coming of the Lord (Rapture to catch up the church in the clouds, Coming to win battle of Armageddon and set up Millienial Reign)
Sanctity of Marriage
Sanctity of Life
Respect for Leadership
Hard Work and Dedication
The Blessing of Increase
So the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land. Their numbers increased…(v. 23)
After the Children of Israel occupied the land, they were blessed greatly and increased in number. They had followed the vision of their fathers, the 12 sons of Jacob, and fulfilled their purpose in taking the promised land in Canaan. God has given us a plan and purpose for the future of the church, and He is looking for us to pass down the faith of our fathers to this young generation. If we can successfully transfer the faith to our children, we will still be a Godly church with a thriving ministry.
They were mighty men of valor, famous men, and heads of their fathers’ houses. (v. 24)
The Faith of our Fathers has the potential to create men of valor, women of courage and faith, young people of the Spirit. When the Israelites obeyed the commands, will, and plan of God, they were blessed and they became mighty. God’s promises are still the same today.
God is looking for some of us to become mighty men of faith. If our children are to learn and appropriate faith, their best opportunity is through the faith of their fathers and mothers. Can your children truly see faith in your life?
Playing the Harlot
And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them (v. 25).
The Israelites became satisfied in their blessings and began to seek fulfillment with the gods of the land. They adulterated themselves with the sinful false gods of the people surrounding them. They committed idolatry and sinned. The telling phrase here is that their idolatry was with the gods whom their God had destroyed before them. The very gods from whom God had spared them were now their gods of choice!
Jesus came to set us free from sin and death, yet we seek and even embrace the filth and ungodliness of this world from which we have been set free. God is looking for us to “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 (NKJV) Give God your devotion and do not worship sin or sinful individuals.
The Judgment That Accompanies Apostacy
So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into captivity (v. 26).
When the people of God followed after other gods, they walked away from the protection afforded them by God’s grace. There is a covering over those who live in covenant with God. However, when a person or a people deny God and live in disobedience to Him, they walk out of that covering on their own. Also, there is the Biblical principle of Sowing and Reaping that says when you sow evil, you reap evil. There is little time for experimentation and line-dancing. By this, I mean seeing how close you can live to the line between good and evil, hoping to enjoy as much of the world as you can without losing your salvation. Don’t toy with sin or temptation, but run from it.
Takeaway Thoughts on The Faith of Our Fathers
When we obey God, the blessings of God are available to His people.
God raises up mighty men for His purposes
Too many of God’s people are unfaithful to the faith of their fathers.
Being unfaithful to God leads to judgement.