Passing the mantle is an expression of extending trust to the one who follows. For instance, when a king or queen inherits the throne they receive the crown from their predecessor. That crown is a symbol of the authority and trust placed in the monarch. Men, we have a figurative mantle to pass on to our children as well. In I Chronicles, Chapter 28, we come to the conclusion of King David’s life and his son Solomon will soon be king. David commissions Solomon with two admonitions, To Obey and Worship God
To Obey God – I Chronicles 28: 1-8: Of all the responsibilities for this new king, Solomon has one overwhelming task: build God’s dwelling place. However, King David is most concerned that Solomon observe and seek out all the commandments of God. So daddy David is straightforward with son Solomon: obey God.
To Worship God – I Chronicles 28: 9-10: God is not looking for robotic obedience or for mindless, heartless followers. The God of the heavens is looking for men and women, old and young, black, brown, and white who will worship their God with all their heart and mind. God expects His children to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
David’s charge to his son Solomon is know the God of your father. The anticipation is that you would teach AND model for the next generation what it means to know and serve God with a willing heart and mind.
A Son’s Responsibility to Receive – 1 Kings 11: 1-9
Solomon began well, but he finished poorly. He obeyed in that he built the temple, but over time his heart no longer obeyed nor did he worship his God. The same hands that built the house of God and penned Ecclesiastes and Proverbs are the same hands that built temples for false gods.
Three questions for the younger generation:
- Are you making the God of your father your God? Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? When we sing the songs that we sing does your heart leap with joy and affirmation at the truths of these words? Is Jesus precious to you? Are the words of God of value to you? Is there a growing appreciation for the family of God?
- Do you receive and own godly counsel? Proverbs 1:8, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” You should not be ashamed of your godly Christian heritage. You should embrace it as an olympic athlete would a gold medal. My plea to you is to listen and embrace the biblical wisdom of your father.
- Have you given your heart to your father or mother? Proverbs 23:26, “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” Young man or young lady, have you given your heart to your father and mother? Will you follow your father’s instruction? Will you submit to their parenting?
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