Families Honoring Christ

"It is better to grow a child than to repair a man."
Earl & Diane Rodd 2180 Northland Ave. Lakewood,OH 44107 USA Phone (216) 521-8856

Dear Friends,

We will get straight into the practical ways of teaching the Fear of the Lord. This will be covered this month and conclude next month. We would love to hear from others about ways God has shown you.

Walking in God's Truth
Deuteronomy 13 :1-11 brings God's presence into a modern satanic stronghold. Christendom is full of false teachers, false prophets, false signs and false wonders. God warns us that our own family members may entice us to rebel against God's ways by leaving His presence to walk on a broad path that leads to destruction. The following passage explains that these types of situations are tests we must pass in God's method of learning.

Deuteronomy 13:1
2. "If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
3. and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,'
4. you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
5. "You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him ; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
6. "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.
7. "If your brother, your mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods' (whom neither you nor your fathers have known,
8. of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end),
9. you shall not yield to him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him.
10. "But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
11. "So you shall stone him to death because he has sought to seduce you from the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
12. "Then all Israel will hear and be afraid , and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.

The warnings just listed are not things to fear. They are things to discern so that we fear only God. Each home schooling family must abide in God's presence and know the truth to discern false prophets, false teachers and false activities. When we abide with Jesus, who is TRUTH, He can then teach us to recognize true teachers, true prophets and true activities that reflect His character and nature. As we recognize and fellowship with TRUTH, we do not follow strangers. (John 10 :4-5). Jesus warned us this way,

Matthew 7:13
14. "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.
15. "For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.
16. "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
17. "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn {bushes,} nor figs from thistles, are they?
18. "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
19. "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
20. "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
21. "So then, you will know them by their fruits.
22. "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
23. "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
24. "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'
25. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
26. "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and {yet} it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.
27. "And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
28. "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall."
29. The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching;
30. for He was teaching them as {one} having authority, and not as their scribes.

Home educating families must be confident that abiding in Jesus' presence, hearing His voice and obeying Him is the educational method that produces discernment. Jesus' teaching had authority because it came from heaven not from earth.

The book of James reveals this same educational method. Heaven is the source of life, where we start - not just where we end up when we leave this world. Heaven's wisdom obtained from being in God's presence has the power to change earthly situations of jealousy, pride, ambition, error and demonic conflict. James teaches:

James 3:13
14. Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
15. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and {so} lie against the truth.
16. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.
17. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
18. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
19. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.


A unique tithe teaches the fear of the Lord.

The following scriptures indicate that obedience to the Lord's commands in these areas will teach the fear of the Lord. The book of Deuteronomy gives us five subject areas which promise to teach the fear of the Lord, if obeyed. Home educators must have faith and believe God will show each family how He wants each family to obey the following scripture. Each family must also have faith to know that these activities which are not required subjects in most of the countries of the world are high on God's list of educational priorities. However, we must also continually remind ourselves that we need to see and hear the way in which God Himself wants these works done. We fear Him by abiding in His presence in our own lives first.

After Moses gives some dietary laws (which Jesus declares unnecessary for cleanliness in Mark 7 :19), he then teaches the Israelites on the tithe (which Jesus says is not to be neglected in Matthews 23 :23).

Deuteronomy 14:22
23. "You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.
24. " And you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the first-born of your herd and your flock, in order that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always
25. "And if the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring {the tithe,} since the place where the Lord your God chooses to set His name is too far away from you when the Lord your God blesses you,
26. then you shall exchange {it} for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses.
27. "And you may spend the money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.
28. "Also you shall not neglect the Levite who is in your town, for he has no portion or inheritance among you.

This unconventional but Biblical method of tithing includes:

  1. Eating a family meal together. vs 23
  2. Eating the meal in God's presence. v 23
  3. Eating the meal where God chooses. vs 25
  4. Rejoicing and thanking the Lord for His provision. vs 26
  5. Sharing with other believers who may be having a "lean" time. vs 27

This passage is seldom explained when tithing is taught in Christendom. It may shake some man made doctrines, but please remember as you meditate upon it, the obeying of it will teach the fear of the Lord Verse 2 of Deuteronomy 14 reminds us of God's purpose for His commandments and statutes. Its says,

Deuteronomy 14:2
3. "For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Your family must seek the Lord together to know the specific details He wishes for your family to do to obey this principle.


Copying God's law teaches the fear of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 17:18
19. "Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.
20. "And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes,
21. that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left; in order that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.

The following are the steps involved to do this:

  1. Write a copy of the Law - Genesis-Deuteronomy. vs 18
  2. Keep it as a personal companion. vs 18
  3. Read it all the days of one's life. vs 19
  4. Obey what is written and read. vs 19
On this side of the New Covenant a blend of the Old and New Testament would be more comprehensive. However, a personal life goal and commitment of each individual member of the family could be to have the whole Bible written in one's personal handwriting. Should the Lord tarry, these could be precious family heirlooms. The following show the promises for one who fulfills the conditions:
  1. Keeps pride in check. vs 20
  2. Keeps one's obedience consistent. vs 20
  3. Gives a long life on earth now and for future generations. vs 20
A much fuller development of this Biblical educational method is available in a pamphlet entitled, Training Kings


Corporal punishment teaches the fear of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 21:18
19. "If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,
20. then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his home town.
21. "And they shall say to the elders of his city, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.'
22. "Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear {of it} and fear.
23. "And if a man has committed a sin worthy of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
24. his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.

As we have pondered over the implications of these verses, we realize how far removed our modern culture has become in dealing with family rebellion. Even though most people in our western culture recoil from any thought of corporal punishment that results in death, the ever-increasing crime statistics and the need for more and larger prisons indicate that this denial and refusal to acknowledge God's ways are destructive to all elements of our society.

While we know the New Covenant doesn't promote the stoning of children who refuse to obey their parents, we must acknowledge that the severity of the consequences of such rebellion needs to be instilled within our children so that they see the wisdom of fearing the Lord and obeying Him.

This passage is pivotal because it reveals God's heart toward rebellion as well as His remedy. Many Biblical scholars believe verses 22 and 23 describe Jesus Christ's death on the cross. This passage can be used by those of us in the New Covenant to clearly share the gospel with our children when chastisement is necessary, when the wisdom of Proverbs is being obeyed.

Proverbs 29:15
16. The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

Jesus Christ has paid the penalty of death for all of mankind's rebellion. Every rebellious child of God needs to know that Jesus became that curse and took the full vent of God's wrath, anger and justice. In that exchange, we owe our allegiance, obedience and love to Him now and for eternity. However, the rod of correction in this life reminds us and our children of the pain Jesus suffered for us and reinforces the need to joyously accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior.

Some Christian educators feel to put a child under such teaching is not necessary until 10-12 years of age. Perhaps our children are more prone to rebellion than those of other Christian families, but we have seen the hopelessness of man without Christ in our selves and in our own children at an early age. To put off teaching them about sin, death, hell, the cross, the resurrection and the need for a personal Lord is cruel. How can a child overcome the sin nature unless he has been made a new creature? How can he have a desire to be a new creature unless he understands the power of sin? How can he acknowledge the utter hopeless condition of overcoming sin in his own strength? How can he admit his desperate need for a Lord and a Savior? The Hebrew culture understood the power of rebellion to destroy a family and thus a whole nation. However, they chose to disobey the ways of the Lord. Christian home educating families have numerous times throughout the day to deal with rebellion as soon as it rears its demonic head. We have the precious Holy Spirit to show us how to act wisely with each confrontation over rebellion, and we must rely on Him for His direction. If we do not deal with rebellion early, it will cause much sorrow and grief later.

In I Kings chapters 1 and 2, the story of Adonijah, one of King David's sons, is told. While David was still alive and on his death bed, Adonijah declared himself king, threw a huge party and neglected to invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah (and David's other mighty men) and Solomon, his brother, to his "kingly" celebration (I Kings 1 :10).

After Nathan steps in and corrects this error, Adonijah exposes his wicked heart by asking for David's handmaid to be his wife. Even though Solomon had pardoned Adonijah's earlier rebellion, he did not tolerate this challenge to David's honor. Solomon had Adonijah killed.

This seems like a drastic measure to us today who are so used to licentiousness, lawlessness and permissiveness. However, a person who is not properly disciplined will keep pushing the limits until he loses all his freedom.

David did not seem to know or wish to exert his parental role as father over Adonijah.

I Kings 1:6
7. And his father had never crossed him at any time by asking, " Why have you done so? " And he was also a very handsome man; and he was born after Absalom.

Adonijah was allowed to do as he pleased and eventually his life was taken from him. God's perfect will is the self-government of each individual under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. He longs for each man, woman and child to deny himself.

Matthew 16:24
25. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself , and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Luke 9:23
24. And He was saying to {them} all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily , and follow Me.

Mark 8:34
35. And He summoned the multitude with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself , and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Titus 2:11
12. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
13. instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
14. looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
15. who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
16. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

An individual is to learn self-denial from his father's instruction, discipline and correction. A much fuller development of this concept is available in a booklet series entitled, "Dealing with Anger."


Oral Bible reading teaches the fear of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 31:9
10. So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel.
11. Then Moses commanded them, saying, "At the end of {every} seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths,
12. when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing.
13. "Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, in order that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.
14. "And their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess."

The following steps are involved:

  1. Every seventh year a public reading of the law occurred. vs 10,11
  2. All ages of all the people including aliens were expected to listen. vs 12
  3. God was to choose the place. vs 11
The purpose of this public reading was to allow all people within a geographic area the opportunity
  1. to hear the Word of the Lord.
  2. to learn from it.
  3. to fear the Lord.
  4. to obey Him.
The public reading reminded those who had heard it before to obey it, and it acquainted those who had never heard the Word with the promises of blessing through obedience and the consequences of cursing through disobedience.

Most Christian families can read through the Bible each year in daily family worship times. However, it would be interesting to see this scriptural command become part of a family's sabbatical, a celebration that occurred every seven years or part of each year's vacation or holiday.

We have estimated that it would take seventy-two hours to read aloud through the Bible. With hour breaks for walks, swimming, a game of tennis, basketball, puzzles, board games, etc. and substantial breaks for meals, the Bible could be read aloud from Genesis to Revelation in twelve days. If questions come forth, these may be written down to discuss on a walk or at dinner. If discussions and questions are allowed during the reading time, it will take longer to read through the Bible. Whatever a family may decide to do, time spent in this worthwhile activity promises to bring a fear of the Lord and is certainly more profitable than most activities the world has to offer for family vacations. The eternal benefits far outweigh those of Disneyworld.


Exposure of the heart teaches the fear of the Lord.

I Kings 8:37
38. "If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight {or} mildew, locust {or} grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,
39. whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man {or} by all Thy people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house;
40. then hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest, for Thou alone dost know the hearts of all the sons of men,
41. that they may fear Thee all the days that they live in the land which Thou hast given to our fathers.

When Solomon dedicated the temple, he asked the Lord to do many things in response to people humbly seeking God in prayer. In His prayer Solomon asks the Lord to hear, forgive, act and render to men according to their ways so that they would fear Him. The following verses show the circumstances a family needs to take to the Lord in prayer so that He can bring a reverential fear of Him into that family. Even though the context of these verses is in the natural realm, they may be applied to the spiritual realm as well.

  1. Famine. vs 37 {The scarcity of the Word of God preached with power or an inability to believe God's Word.}
  2. Pestilence. vs 37 {Sin that spoils God's world.}
  3. Blight or mildew. vs 37 {Sin that spoils God's people}.
  4. Locust or grasshopper. vs 37 {Demonic realm that devours and destroys
  5. Enemy besieges cities. vs 37 the Goodness of God's Word and keeps
  6. Plague. vs 37 people enslaved to the bondages
  7. Sickness. vs 37 of Satan's deceptions.}
The fear of the Lord is not attained merely by praying for these things. The fear of the Lord comes when God hears, forgives, acts and renders to those praying their responsibility or part in the problem and the opportunity for God to reveal the state of each individual's heart before Him. The fear of the Lord comes when God reveals His will on the above issues, when the family earnestly prays "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," and when the members see the answer come from heaven to earth.

This study has been offered as a look into the Laws of Israel that we might be prepared to serve the Lord in the freedom of the Holy Spirit. Each family should discover its unique way to obey the Lord in finding His plan for teaching the fear of Him. There are no shortcuts to instill and teach the fear of the Lord. It takes the dedication of each family member to earnestly desire the fear of the Lord and the willingness to then set aside the time necessary for God's promises to become a reality.

II Corinthians 5:11
12. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.

Further Discovery
The following are further topics a family may research together to discover much more about The Fear of the Lord

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