Family of God

Bible Text: Psalms 22:23-31 | Family of God
By Apostle Aje Pelser

We recently went to lay a grave stone for my parents in grace Murray and Gertie Grobler in Montagu. A local family who run a guest farm offered us some accommodation in a beautiful valley. Their farm has been in the family for over 300 years! I did a painting of the view from their farm. The view is exquisitely beautiful.
God designed families. He also designed the universe, the earth, moon and stars. He designed the ‘innerverse’ of molecule atoms and quarks and he sets the code for DNA in species.
All this he gave us to enjoy and to have dominion over.
Family is the building block of life. I thought about some families I know that have served God for a few generations.
I realized how God had multiplied their collective influence in the earth for the kingdom of God.
One person can only achieve so much. A family can multiply that impact exponentially.
I saw a picture last week of us on our first church land in Johannesburg that my parents had bought with some money they eared as professional actors.
In that photograph were a few families that God had developed into multiple church movements across the earth.
What I realized about this is that if a family decides to serve God it has a duel effect of expanding the kingdom of God exponentially as well as blessing the successive generations with opportunity, provision and a name in the earth.

This scripture summarizes so much of what has been in my thoughts this week:
Psa 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
Psa 22:24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.
Psa 22:25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
Psa 22:26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the LORD. Let your heart live forever!
Psa 22:27 All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You.
Psa 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’s, And He rules over the nations.
Psa 22:29 All the prosperous of the earth Shall eat and worship; All those who go down to the dust Shall bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep himself alive.
Psa 22:30 A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,
Psa 22:31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this.

Blessings on righteous families:
1. Your descendants will glorify, praise and worship the Lord.
2. The fear of the Lord will preserve them and give them wisdom.
3. He will hear their cries and deliver them.
4. Righteous families will always praise God in the great assembly!
5. Righteous families pay their vows to the Lord.
6. The righteous will never beg for bread but eat and be satisfied.
7. The righteous heart will seek and find the Lord and live forever.
8. The righteous families will see the ends of the world turn to the Lord all the families of the nations shall worship before the Lord.
9. Righteous families remember that the kingdom is the Lord’s.
10. Righteous families shall rule and reign with Him over the nations.
11. Righteous families who prosper shall still eat and worship – not take God’s blessing for granted. Thanksgiving will abound and the covenant of the Lord will be established with successive generations as a result of the power to generate wealth for the righteous families.
12. Those who go down to the dust shall bow before him. – don’t worry about death!
13. The posterity or ‘seed’ of the righteous family will serve the Lord. That sowing of the Word into the ears of our descendants will bear fruit in righteousness.
14. Recounting of the testimonies of the righteous families will echo into successive generations forever.

Some powerful families in the Bible:
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Gen 18:19 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.”

Gen 18:19 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.”

Joshua: Jos 24:15: And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Joseph was sent ahead of his family to Egypt:
Gen 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Judah – house of David
2Sa_3:1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
1Ki_13:2 Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ”
Zec_12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

Simon and Andrew
Mat_4:18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
James and John
Mat_4:21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,

Centurion’s family
Act 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,
Act 10:2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

Jesus’ true family
Mat 12:46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.
Mat 12:47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
Mat 12:48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
Mat 12:49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
Mat 12:50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

Lydia’s Conversion
Act 16:13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there.
Act 16:14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
Act 16:15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

Philippian Jailor: Acts 16:31-34
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.

Crispus’s household Acts 18:8
Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.

Timothy’s Family
2 Timothy 1:5
For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

Aquila and Priscilla
Act_18:2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
Act_18:18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.
Act_18:26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
Rom_16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
1Co_16:19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
2Ti_4:19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

Philip the Evangelist with 4 daughters who all prophesied!
The other Philip is usually distinguished from the disciple of the same name by calling him “Philip the evangelist” or “Philip the deacon.” It is often assumed that this Philip was one of the seventy-two men whom Jesus sent out in Luke 10:1, although the Bible doesn’t make that connection. We do know that Philip was one of the original seven deacons selected to serve in the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:5). Philip had a heart for evangelism, and, when the “great persecution” arose in Acts 8:1, Philip left Jerusalem to become an evangelist in Samaria (Acts 8:5–12). After the church in Samaria was started, Philip was used by the Holy Spirit to bring the gospel to an Ethiopian eunuch, a member of the court of Candace, the Ethiopian queen. Philip found the eunuch sitting in his chariot, reading Isaiah and trying to make sense of the prophet’s words. Philip offered to explain, and the eunuch invited him to come up and sit with him. In the end, the eunuch was saved and baptized (Acts 8:26–39). Immediately following the baptism, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away to Azotus, where he continued to preach the gospel in the towns from there to Caesarea (Acts 8:40).

Twenty years later, Philip is mentioned again, still in Caesarea (Acts 21:8–9). Paul and Luke and others were traveling to Jerusalem, and they stopped at Philip’s home in Caesarea. They stayed with Philip for several days. Philip had four unmarried daughters at that time, all of whom had the gift of prophecy. That is the last time the Bible mentions the evangelist Philip.
Another tradition represents them as dwelling at Tralles, Philip being the first bishop of the Christian community. Tralles was an ancient Greek city of trade and is in Turkey today. Archimedes and other writers are from Tralles. ISBE

After the persecution of the early church, there emerged new righteous families who mark the timeline of faith with their devotion and witness. For further reading on families who shine as lights in history read Foxe’s book of Martyrs. We also have a Church History subject in Miracle Bible Training Centre, as well as several handbooks about eh generals of our Christian Faith. Roberts Liardon’s books and research about God’s Generals will also prove helpful to recount the stories of faith to the generation yet to be born. Hopefully you are writing down your testimonies so that you can preserve a posterity and plant a seed of righteousness that will flourish into many branches of Christendom in time to come until Jesus returns and we rule and reign with Him forever!