Our HeritageBro. David Chancellor
8/8/2010 6:00 PM
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all. A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." You’re better off to have a good name than to be rich. Consider your heritage. We want to leave behind a good heritage and a good name.
"The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all." Your relationship to God is what matters. Your financial status doesn’t matter to God.
"A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished." We need to choose a good direction for our lives. This message applies to everyone. What kind of a name will you build? What kind of a family, home and reputation will you have?
"By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life." This is where it is really at – humility and fear of the Lord. This is where you find true success. You won’t get a good name by being proud and arrogant.
"Thorns and snares are in the way of the forward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them." If you don’t fear God, a good name won’t be the outcome.
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Even with good training, if you turn your back on God, you won’t have a good name. Children often don’t value what they have while they have it. Think about what you’re given and consider what you’re giving back. What are you doing with what you’re given? What does a good name mean? How do you build a good name?
Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: Both low and high, rich and poor, together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations: they call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
"Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: … None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: … That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption." We can’t build anything lasting. We will all die. Only Jesus could buy us everlasting life. Some people think they’ll build a great heritage and pass it on to their children … and then the children waste it all and destroy the name. You can’t build something lasting without God. Only God transcends generations. If what you do would have any lasting value, God must be in it.
2 Samuel 7:1-3
And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the lord had given his rest round about from all his enemies; That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.
David had a nice house, but he observed that the ark of God was in a tent. The prophet said, "Do it, because God is with you." God disagreed.
2 Samuel 7:4-17
And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all then enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
God told David that he would build David’s house. Saul had failed and God put him out. David couldn’t establish his family as the king of Israel. God built David’s family and it continued until Chirst came. We can’t build a great thing of ourselves. David had things backwards. As we begin to form a home, it won’t be us who do it, but God, if it would last. God has to build the house for us.
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
This applies to our house. If God doesn’t build it, you’re fighting a losing battle. You could work yourself to death to give your family everything, but if you leave God out, you haven’t given them what counts. Children will only be these things as God is allowed to work in the home. It takes God to do anything of value. Build a family with a godly heritage. Let God work in it. Many families aren’t leaving much behind, because God is left out. God is the answer. He is the one that gives life real purpose and meaning.
2 Samuel 7:18-29
Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
Nathan came and told David, "God’s going to build you a house." "Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?" David couldn’t understand why God chose him. David realized that God’s name is the one to be honored. "For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee." God would build us a house, too. Because God has said this to us, it should inspire us to humble ourselves before God and acknowledge our dependence on him. We should desire to honor God. Pray and ask God to build you a house. Ask him to help the godly heritage to be passed down. We need his help to pass the gospel on to another generation. "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." – Psalm 127:1.