When I was growing up I had two grandmothers, but only one grandfather, and he died while I was still at Junior School. The most enduring memory I have, is of him pulling me over to stand at his knee while he wagged a solemn finger at me and said, “Always remember you are a Warsop!” At different times this was connected to an assortment of behaviour and circumstances. What came through loud and clear was that he had specific expectations of his family, and we should be proud to belong. I was never expected to be perfect, or anyone other than who I am, but I was expected to learn family values and know how to conduct myself properly.
I was reminded of this recently as I read, “Within the household of [Yahweh] among the redeemed and justified there is law as well as grace…” [A.W. Tozer]. Like my grandfather, Yahweh has expectations of His Family; He requires us to live by the standards He has laid down in His Word. His household must live by His rules, His commandments. There’s an ongoing debate in some circles, that grace overrides the Law, and even that some of the commandments [like keeping the Sabbath] are not important. Yahweh has never changed His mind over important issues; they are still important! Remember, the apostle Paul said that one day we shall all have to give an account to Yahweh for what we do. [Romans14:12]
Yahshua was a great One for upholding family values and living by His Father’s principles; He stated very clearly that He hadn’t come to earth to abolish the Law [Matthew 5:17]. He lived it, practically, every day; and, as the oldest Son of our Family, set us a flawless example. The Blood that flowed from Him at Calvary became the Blood of the New Covenant, and by its power the Law is lodged in our minds, and written on our hearts [see Jeremiah 31:30-34]. This ensures that we are pre-disposed to live righteously! So, the oldest Son of our Household has provided all that we need to live by its values, and this shouldn’t be a chore - it’s a Family thing!
Photo: Valerie's Grandfather, (c) Val Warsop
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