I expect to have many descendants. I presently have 6 children. I don't know what position my children will take on this in the future, but as of right now they would like to have large families. This is simultaneously gratifying and terrifying to me. Having many children will not be glorious if they do not follow Christ. I want my children's children to walk with the Lord. Today's reading in the Operation Save America Bible reading schedule contains the following verses.
Deuteronomy 27:4-8 "Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in Mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaister them with plaister.
5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.
6 Thou shalt build the altar of the LORD thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD thy God:
7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the LORD thy God.
8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly."
Moses commanded the children of Israel to build two monuments when they crossed over the Jordan. Monuments serve as memorials of remembrance. The purpose was to communicate a message to future generations. One monument was to the Law of God and the other was a monument to the Gospel. They were to set up large stones and cover them with plaster. On the plaster was to be written the words of the Law.
The second monument they were to build was a simple altar of stones. They were forbidden to touch the stones with a tool. Lifting a tool on the stones did not enhance them, it polluted them. The beauty of man's handiwork was not to be the focus. As a Lamb without blemish was sacrificed, the focus was to be on the lamb. Not the altar.
My thought for you is this: If we would win our children's children to Christ we must continually remember to hold up the Law and Gospel before their eyes. The Law shows us the righteousness of God and the sinfulness of our hearts. When we look at the law it is like a mirror. It shows us our sins. But do not despair. We also have an altar where the lamb of God was slain in our place to remove our sins far from us. Our alter is an altar of grace. Just as the children of Israel were to make the altar of stones unchiseled, we are not to think that our good works can add anything to the finished work of Christ.
I also think the commandment to "rejoice" is important. As they offered peace offerings on the altar they were commanded to "rejoice before YHWH thy GOD." Worshiping God should be fun. Harsh religiosity is a turn off to children. Sunday is the Sheffer's favorite day of the week. Learning the truth of God's word should excite our hearts. When we take communion, we should delight in the lamb which is our peace. There are times for mourning. But when we behold the unleavened bread and remember His body, and the fruit of the vine to remember His blood, it is a time for Eucharistic thanksgiving. When we share a meal together we are not divided as Jew and Gentile, nor are we any longer estranged from the God who made us. He is our peace. We rejoice in forgiveness of sins. We rejoice in the fellowship of the saints. We delight in the law that points us to the Redeemer. And by God's grace we will do it from generation to generation.
Ac 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.