Illegitimate Fathers of the Bible

Illegitimate Fathers of the Bible
Illegitimate Fathers of the Bible

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #172

TEXT: Psalm 139:14-16

On this Father’s Day, I want to share with you from the word of God a brief message on the illegitimate fathers of the Bible. Society has historically referred to “illegitimate children” as the product of sex between a man and a woman who are not married to each other. However, when we really think about it, we know that there are no illegitimate children — the children are a gift from God. It is the parents who are illegitimate. Pastor Rick Warren said, ‘A birth is no mistake or mishap; a life is no fluke of nature. The parents may not have planned for the child, but God did. He was not at all surprised by the child’s birth. In fact, He expected it.”

As we read in Psalm 139, God knows all of us before we are born. He knows every part of us — how our bodies are fashioned, how our minds work, and how we should fulfill our purpose in life. So, the birth of a child is never a mistake. That child is a gift from God. It is the parents who are in fact illegitimate.

Our society today is impacted by an epidemic of illegitimate fathers — men who contribute biologically to the birth of a child, but who do not contribute spiritually, morally, or physically to the life of that child or that child’s mother. It has gotten so bad that, last month, a court in Ohio had to order a man not to have sex anymore until he pays nearly $100,000 in child support for the four children that he already has. According to statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, 40% of all children are born out of wedlock. In the Black community, that number is 74%. That means there are a whole lot of illegitimate fathers in our country. Statistics also show that in the Black community, 67% of Black children are growing up in a single parent home or in a home where they have one biological parent and a cohabiting adult. So, that shows us that very few of the men who father a child out of wedlock choose to marry the mother of that child later on. This happens for various reasons. One reason is because many unwed mothers try to use the children as weapons to get back at the man. Another reason is because the man simply does not have a job, an education, or any wherewithal to take care of the mother and the child. To make matters worse, an online survey revealed that 33% of unmarried men who have fathered children lie to women they are trying to date and say they do not have any children. Be that as it may, the point is that there are a whole lot of illegitimate parents in our society.

And since it is Father’s Day, we are going to focus on men and see what we can learn from the illegitimate fathers of the Bible.

1. The first illegitimate father we are going to look at is Abraham. Now, all of us respect Abraham as the father of the Jewish race. He was a man who had the faith to follow God even when he did not know where he would end up. However, Abraham was an illegitimate father. Even though his wife encouraged him to do it and even though God had already promised him a son, Abraham committed adultery with his wife’s Egyptian maid, Hagar, and a son, Ishmael, was born.

2. The second illegitimate father we are going to look at is Judah. Judah was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and the patriarch of the tribe of Judah which we read so much about in the Old Testament. The Bible tells us that Judah married a Canaanite woman and they had three sons together. The oldest son got married to a woman named Tamar. However, the Bible tells us that this son displeased the Lord and so God killed him, and Tamar was left a childless widow.

3. The third illegitimate father who we will look at is David. Yes, David, the man after God’s own heart, the psalmist of Israel, and a mighty man of valor, was an illegitimate father. We all know his story well. He took another man’s wife, had her husband killed, and hid it until the prophet Nathan confronted him about it. In Second Samuel 11:27, we read that after her husband was killed, “David sent and fetched her [Bathsheba] to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” As punishment, God allowed the first child that David had with Bathsheba to die. David fasted and prayed and pleaded with God to let the child live, but God did not do so.

The principle that we learn from these illegitimate fathers of the Bible is the same: You cannot violate God’s word and have sex outside of marriage and escape the consequences. While our society may not frown upon it like it used to, God still frowns upon it. Fathering a child with no intention of taking care of and loving that child is heinous. If you are an illegitimate father, I encourage you to do the right thing by God and by your children. As someone once said, “Being a father is the most important role you will ever play and if you don’t do it well, nothing else you do really matters.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Press On” by Building 429 and “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs

A Message to the Second Estate

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Messages to the Estates of the Realm, #2
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Kings 9:1-9

Yesterday, we began a series of messages titled, “Messages to the Estates of the Realm.” The “estates” refers to the historical system of dividing society. There is the first estate, which is the clergy; the second estate, which is the government; the third estate, which is the people; the fourth estate, which is the press; and the fifth estate, a relatively new term, which refers to the way news and information is being distributed nowadays via blogs, social media, etc. In fact, there is a movie coming out this week titled, “The Fifth Estate”, about the WikiLeaks operation which leaked secret government communication to the public.

On yesterday, from 1 Timothy 3, we looked at what I believe God has to say to the members of the first estate — the pastors, the preachers, and the church leaders. Today, I want us to look at a message from God to the members of the second estate — the governmental leaders of our world: the presidents, the prime ministers, the congress, the members of parliament, judges, governors, mayors, and city leaders.

The Bible informs us that even governmental leadership is ordained by God. Romans 13:1-4 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” As a system of leadership set up by God, God has some things to say to those whom he has given the priviledge and responsibility of governmental leadership.

King Solomon, the third king of Israel, is often called the “wisest man who ever lived,” but he did not become wise on his own. The Bible tells us in First Kings 3 that when God came to him in a dream and asked him what he wanted to be given, he asked God for wisdom. God was the source of Solomon’s wisdom. God also came to Solomon in a second dream as recorded in First Kings 9, our passage for today. In this dream, God does not ask Solomon a question, but He gives him a command and a warning of consequences. I believe that God would have every governmental leader to take heed to this command and this warning.

Everything You Will Ever Need

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #113

TEXT: Psalm 23

Our passage today is a very familiar one. You have heard it quoted many times by others, and perhaps, you have read it or quoted it at times yourself. It is a psalm of comfort and rest written by a man who knew what comfort and rest meant. However, he did not have comfort and rest all of the time in his own life. This psalm is a beautiful portrait of the Good Shepherd who cares for us in every way. He supplies all of our needs. Allow me to share with you three ways that our needs are supplied by the Good Shepherd.

1. The Good Shepherd provides for all of our physical needs. David says that because the Lord is caring for Him, he “shall not want.” In ancient times, shepherding was a major occupation in Israel. Before he became king, David himself was a shepherd as he took care of his father’s flocks. Being a shepherd meant spending long hours in the sun in the field with the sheep. It also meant oftentimes spending long nights in the field with the sheep. A shepherd had to provide for every need that the sheep had. He had to lead them to safe places to graze. He had to protect them from enemies who lurked, wolves and lions who waited in the shadows to catch an unsuspecting lamb by surprise.

2. The Good Shepherd provides for our spiritual needs. David says, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” In Hebrew, the phrase ‘restore my soul’ means to bring to repentance or conversion. In other words, God returns David’s soul and conscious, which had grown black with sin, to a state of purity and light.

3. The Good Shepherd provides for our eternal needs. Listen to David’s words: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” For the Jewish people during ancient times, death was indeed a dark and unwelcome idea. Yet, David says that as he goes down in to the valley of the shadow of death to face eternity, he will not fear. Why? Because the Lord, his shepherd, is with him.

+ Plus, listen to Salvador singing “As the Deer” and Jennifer Holliday singing “It is Well With My Soul”

Don’t Let Looks Deceive You: David (A Picture of Christ)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #102

TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Italian historian and philospher Niccolò Machiavelli said, “Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.”

We live in a society where much emphasis is placed on a person’s outward appearance. We make judgments of people based on how they look on the outside, instead of taking the time to learn more about their character and personality — how they really are on the inside. How many people have gotten into relationships with somebody who looked like they had it all together on the outside, but after a few weeks or months with that person, they found out that that person was not all they appeared to be. Appearances can be deceiving.

Today, I want us to look at a man who looked like he had it altogether. He looked like he was a born leader. He was somebody the people of his nation were willing to follow. However, he failed them because, even though he looked good on the outside, there was something wrong in his heart. He did not have the kind of respect for and relationship with God that he needed to have.

First, we’ll take a look at Saul — the failed king. Then, we’ll look at the type of king God wanted for his people. And, finally, we will look at the selection of David as the king of Israel.

+ Plus, listen to Shirley Caesar singing “Yes, Lord, Yes” and the West Angeles COGIC Choir singing “Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary”

Have You Met Your Kinsman Redeemer?

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #101

TEXT: Ruth 4:1-10

Have you ever been expecting somebody to do something and then found out that they were unable or unwilling to do it? Sometimes it is not a big deal, but at other times it is a cause for great disappointment. The fact is that, in life, people let us down and often fail to do their responsibilities. If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that each of us have probably let someone down in our own lives, or failed to fulfill a responsiblity that we were obligated to fulfill.

In our passage today, from the book of Ruth, we read about a man who could not fulfill a duty that was expected of him in relation to Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite woman who married an Israelite man. However, after her husband died, she returned to the land of Israel along with her mother-in-law, Naomi, because there was a famine in Moab. Once they arrived in Bethlehem, Ruth went to work in the fields of a man named Boaz to provide for herself and her mother-in-law. God blessed Ruth to find favor in the sight of Boaz, and Boaz made sure that Ruth had everything she needed to take care of herself and Naomi.

One day, as Ruth came home with an abundance of food, she told Naomi about the kindness that Boaz had shown to her. Naomi informed Ruth that Boaz was one of their near-kinsmen, or close male relatives, and that as such, he was required under the Mosaic law to fulfill the role of the “kinsman redeemer.” A kinsman redeemer was required to do several things on behalf of his brother and his brother’s family.

All of these tasks were spelled out in the law which God gave to Moses for the children of Israel. Ruth and Naomi expected Boaz to fulfill his role as the kinsman redeemer which would involve buying the property of Naomi’s family and marrying Ruth. However, first today, I want us to look at another man who should have been the redeemer.

1. Let’s take a look at this ‘redeemer’ who could not redeem. One night, Ruth approached Boaz about fulfilling his role as the kinsman redeemer. Boaz was very interested in doing both of these things, however, Boaz was an upright and honest man who wanted to obey God’s law above all. Boaz knew that there was another man who was even more closely related to Ruth and Naomi than he was, and he knew it was right to give that man a chance to fulfill the role of kinsman-redeemer first.

2. Now, let’s look at the requirement that stood in the way of redemption. You might be wondering why Boaz did not just go ahead and marry Ruth and buy the land. Well, the law required that the nearest of kin be given the opportunity to do so first. And, as we have said before, Boaz was not the nearest of kin. Boaz was a righteous man, and so he gave the other man who was more closely related the opportunity to do his duty. Boaz fulfilled the requirements of the law.

3. Now I want us to look more closely at Ruth’s redeemer — the righteous rescuer. You already know his name is Boaz. When the unnamed redeemer failed to fulfill his responsibility, he had to agree to let Boaz do it. The Bible says that “the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.” The taking off of one’s shoe was an ancient custom in Israel. The man who relinquished his right to redeem his brother’s inheritance gave his shoe to the one who would fulfill the requirements of the redeemer. If a man tried to go back on his promise, the other party could bring out the shoe to remind him of their agreement.

+ Plus, listen to Jessy Dixon singing “I Am Redeemed” and Jonathan Butler singing “Let The Redeemed Say So”

The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 3)

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

Today, I want us to move on to verses 11 and 12 of this passage and see the final three aspects of this “thanksgiving mandate” that are given in this passage of Scripture.

1. God wants us to get to know Him better.

2. God wants us to desire for His presence to be in our lives.

3. God wants us to remember everything that He has done.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 2)

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

I believe it is good for us to set aside one special day out of the year just to focus on thanking and praising God for all that He has done for us. However, that one day should serve to remind us that we need to give thanks everyday of our lives.

On yesterday, we began looking at I Chronicles 16 and what I am calling the “thanksgiving mandate” that is given in God’s Word. We looked at verse 8 of this passage and saw three things that God wants us to do in this matter of being thankful.

1. God wants us to be thankful for His blessings.

2. While we are remembering and being thankful for what God has done for us, God wants us to remain in communication with Him.

3. God wants us to tell others about His goodness.

As I mentioned on yesterday, this passage is actually a part of a psalm that was written by King David on the occasion of the Israelites bringing the ark of God into Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that David’s purpose in writing this psalm was to “thank the Lord”, and that he gave this psalm to Asaph. Asaph was a Levite, and he was one of the leaders of David’s choir who also wrote twelve psalms himself that we know of. So, David probably gave this psalm to Asaph to teach it to the Levite choir so they all could sing it together.

Today, I want us to move on to verses 9 and 10 of this passage and see what else is involved in this “thanksgiving mandate”.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 1)

1 Chronicles 16:8: “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.”

Out of all of the holidays that we are blessed to celebrate, Thanksgiving is my favorite. I love this time of year. I love the weather. I love the time we get to spend with family and friends. I love the food. I love looking back over the past year to see where God has brought us from.

I believe that God gives us these times away from our daily routine to refocus our attention on what is truly important. The Israelites observed certain feasts, celebrations, and holy days every year. These days were observed so that the children of Israel would remember what God had done for them in the past.

The verse that we are looking at today is I Chronicles 16:8. This verse is a part of a psalm given by David on one of these important days in the history of Israel — the day that he brought the Tabernacle of God up to Jerusalem. The people of Israel were celebrating and rejoicing because of this great event. From this verse, I want us to notice three things that I believe God wants us to do not only on this Thanksgiving, but on every day of our lives.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Count Your Blessings”

The Power of Being Still Before God

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #85

Scripture: Isaiah 53

In our culture today, it seems as though one of the hardest things for us to do is to slow down and be still for any length of time. From the time we get out of bed in the morning to the time we turn in at night, we are always busy and always on the go. Many of us rush from one destination to another, running errands, fulfilling job duties, catching up with friends, and handling family issues. Even during “down time” when we should be relaxing, our fingers fly over handheld devices. While we are sitting in the recliner or laying in bed, we are surfing the web, checking e-mail, video chatting, and collaborating with co-workers on job projects. We find it nearly impossible to just be still.

In our passage for today, I want us to notice how King David goes into the Tabernacle and takes the time to “sit before the Lord.”

Just to give you the background of this occasion: earlier in II Samuel 7, the Bible tells us that David is sitting in his newly built palace talking to Nathan the prophet. While they are talking, David says, “See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.” He then expresses his desire to build a Temple for the Ark of God to reside in. Nathan understandably encourages him to do this. However, later, God speaks to Nathan and tells him that He will allow David’s son to build the Temple and not David. However, God tells Nathan what we now call the “Davidic covenant” in which He promises that the House of David would be established forever as the ruling house of Israel.

After Nathan brings him this message from God, King David is overwhelmed by the grace and mercy that God has shown to him, and he goes to the Tabernacle and the Bible tells us that he “sat before the Lord.”

Today, I want us to consider the fact that there are times when we need to leave our normal duties and get alone with God. We, too, need to sit before the Lord.