“For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” (Genesis 18:19)
The greatest gift a parent can give their children is to teach them to do what is right and just in the eyes of God. This is especially true in our day and time seeing that justice is scarce and too many people do what is right in their own eyes. Anytime we read in the Scriptures where people began to do what was right in their own eyes, chaos and calamity ensued. Today the world is filled with disorder and destruction because people will not do what is right; their definition of justice is based on their perverted world view.
God knew Abraham and knew that that he would teach His household to do the right thing — “to do righteousness and justice.” Obviously, God knew this of Abraham when He first called him to come out of Ur or it seems unlikely that He would have called him in the first place. In other words, there was something about Abraham that provoked him to do what was right and to make proper judgments in what to do.
Like everyone, Abraham had to endure trials and struggles and, in the process of these times, it became obvious just what kind of man he was. That is why God said, “I have known him” — God knew from observation that Abraham would teach his offspring righteousness. That brings us to this point: What has God learned about us when we have gone through trials and struggles? Have we chosen to do what is right and just in His eyes?
If we’re going to do what is right then we need to know what right is. The Bible defies right and wrong for us and, thus, our decisions must be based on the Word of God, not the prevailing sentiment of the day. If we are to act justly, we need to know God’s definition of justice, not the trending definition of justice in social media and culture. We need to know these things because our children need to know these things. Let us, then, be about our Father’s business and teach the next generation the “way of the LORD.”
Blessings and Shalom,