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Repent and Teach Your Children to Repent

repent and teach your children

 

For hours leading up to the crucifixion, Jesus was silent. But now he speaks.  As he is bloodied from the beatings and thirsty from the long walk to Golgatha, He speaks to the women who are weeping and says:

Luke 23: 28-31

“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

He tells them:

1.) Do not weep for me. Jesus did not want them to look on him with pity. He knew the work He must accomplish on the cross.

2.) Weep for yourselves and for your children.  He wanted them to weep over their own sin that was sending Him to the cross. Weep in sorrow, remorse and repentance. He wanted them to see that it was their people who shouted “crucify Him” and if their children had the same hard hearts as their forefathers, doom awaited them.

3.) He told them there would come a day when those who were childless would be considered blessed.  This was such a contradicting message to the women of that day.  In their culture, to be childless was a disgrace.

4.) He prophecies of a day when people will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”

In Hosea 10:8 we see this same prophecy:  “The high places of wickedness will be destroyed– it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!”

And in Revelation 6:15-17 we see the same prophecy given:

15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?

We live in a culture that emphasizes God’s love. And yes – God is love as I John 4:8 states.

But God is equally just and a God of wrath as we see in Jesus’ final words to the women.

As he bore the cross on his back out of love for the women he was dying for – he spoke to them – and He did not say – “I love you” but rather he warned them of coming judgement.

Oh it’s so uncomfortable to “warn” people of coming judgement. You know those hell, fire and brimstone preachers are unwelcome these days.  The message of grace and love is trumpeted and yes – God is full of grace and love…but look again at Jesus’ final words to the women of Jerusalem.

They are not easy words.

Telling people the truth – is not always easy to speak or to receive. But I believe Jesus spoke these words to them BECAUSE He loved them!  He wanted them to get a proper perspective on their weeping.  That they should not look at him and weep over Him but rather weep over their own sin in their own lives.

And so I pause here…

I know dear reader – your day is SO full.  Some of you have just one minute to read this blog post and then you need to get back to work, or tending to your children, or to your water boiling on the stove.

But if you would just for 15 seconds – stop–

reflect –

Is there something in your life you need to repent of?

Maybe you sinned this morning already?

Or yesterday, was a hard day –you failed to trust God, or to keep your word, or you gossiped, complained or lost your temper.

Whatever it is – take these 5 seconds left before you close up this post –

–and repent.

Now go – and teach your children to repent also.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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  1. An excellent challenge this morning Courtney!

  2. It is not “maybe” that I have sinned already today. I do want to walk without sin. Can that really be done this side of Heaven? I have to tell myself and ask God to help me realize that I am a descendent of Adam – sinful, yet I am redeemed through God’s love and grace. he has done it all!

    • brother's keeper says:

      yes, Deb. If we are His, we are a new creature; ALL things have become new. By faith, we can, as a descendant of the second Adam, Who is Christ, walk in far less sin than we most of us do, this side of heaven. We are responsible for what He shows us, no more. If you read the first book of John, it is clear that His children don’t keep repeating their sin. The New Testament teaches mourning our sin(Matt 5) and turning from it, and not returning to ‘our vomit’. I believe you can walk with a clear conscience and not worry that you have sinned. If your heart is to obey Him, then you will know when you have grieved His spirit. I believe the gospel of cheap grace that is being promoted has a lot of us either a)worried that we might be sinning all the time(this is not true, or possible in a believer, as the book of first John teaches), or b)saying “whew, I don’t have to get really serious right now at this moment.” So, we put off the hard work of struggling against/mourning our sin(Heb. 12:4), in essence, because this cheap grace relieves our minds of it. That is why I believe the church is so weak today, and is so full of unbelievers. We have a lot of people who like the warm fuzzy side of Jesus, but won’t listen to any of his hard words. Don’t misunderstand me to be saying we can do it, but the Bible talks about HIS righteousness being imputed to us(2. Cor. 5:21), and also about our righteousness(2. Tim 2:22; 3:16;1. John 2:29; 3:7,10). It talks about us loosing fellowship with the Father when we don’t stay in a place of repentance. Grace enables us to obey, it’s not an easy out(2. Cor 9:8; Titus 2:12). Scriptures to look at on this are Romans 1:5; 6:15-17; 15:18; 1. John 1:7-10; 2:1(note the word ‘if’); 3:4-10); 5:2, 18

  3. What a great message. Thank you so much for sharing these important words.

  4. Jen Thorn says:

    Beautiful words! Christ was not afraid to speak hard words but they were always laced with love. And thank you for reminding us to teach repentance to our children.

  5. REPENT…THE HEBREW WORD FOR REPENT IS TESHUVAH!! IN IT’S SIMPLEST FORM, TESHUVAH MEANS TO COMPLETELY TURN AWAY FROM SIN, NEVER TO RETURN!!! EVEN THOUGH JOSEPH WASN’T SINNING HE DID EXACTLY WHAT HE SHOULD’VE DONE. HE TURNED AND RAN AWAY FROM POTIPHAR’S WIFE! SO WE MUST DO THE SAME…TURN AND RUN AWAY! THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER SIMILARITIES JUST LIKE THIS ALL THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE.

    • brother's keeper says:

      yes…it really should not be ‘when’, but ‘if’. If we read 1. John, it is clear that His sheep do not continue sinning. If we keep sinning often, a)we have a false modesty, not wanting to be/feel superior to anyone, so we say “when”, instead of ‘if’; b)we are probably not mourning our sin, per Matt 5. And it takes time…more than seconds. But if we will keep short accounts, and truly mourn our sin, believing he came to FREE us(not just forgive us over and over)we, by faith won’t keep repeating our sin, get down, hardened, and miss the Spirit’s comfort. The forgiving over and over has to do with our forgiving others. It’s not ours to judge others, and keep forgiving, but we must preach the truth, that a believer does not continue in sin.

  6. My favorite verse in the entire Bible…”If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn (TESHUVAH!) from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

  7. Melinda Elam says:

    This was so well written! Thank you for encouraging us in The Truth! God is a prefect Father and parent. He disciplines out of love and like you said because He loves us. I always tell my daughter, I love you too much to let you stay in sin.

  8. Hi Courtney. I read every post but I rarely comment. I just had to say that as I read this today, I actually had water boiling on the stove. God is so good to speak so clearly to his children. Repenting of simply “not trusting him …and trying to manage my own daily stuff.” Now to turn and give it all to him. Thanks for the encouragement.

  9. Thank you! Thank you so much for the Love so great that you have for our Heavenly Father, that you have taken the time to explain and go deeper, so that we can understand it better. God Bless you always and may you recover fast!

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