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A sermon from Psalm 128 that examines "The Blessed Father."

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<ul><li><p>Psalm 128</p></li><li><p>Choose the good </p><p>path, Dad; Im coming </p><p>right behind you!</p></li><li><p> A father has a great responsibility to choose the right </p><p>path for his family.</p></li><li><p> A father has a great responsibility to choose the right </p><p>path for his family.</p><p> Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he </p><p>is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).</p></li><li><p> A father has a great responsibility to choose the right </p><p>path for his family.</p><p> Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he </p><p>is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).</p><p> Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but </p><p>bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the </p><p>Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).</p></li><li><p> A father has a great responsibility to choose the right </p><p>path for his family.</p><p> Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he </p><p>is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).</p><p> Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but </p><p>bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the </p><p>Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).</p><p> In the past, we have spoken a good deal about that </p><p>great responsibility.</p></li><li><p> A father has a great responsibility to choose the right </p><p>path for his family.</p><p> Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he </p><p>is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).</p><p> Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but </p><p>bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the </p><p>Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).</p><p> In the past, we have spoken a good deal about that </p><p>great responsibility.</p><p> This mornings text isnt about that responsibility.</p></li><li><p> A father has a great responsibility to choose the right </p><p>path for his family.</p><p> Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he </p><p>is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6, ESV).</p><p> Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but </p><p>bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the </p><p>Lord (Eph 6:4, ESV).</p><p> In the past, we have spoken a good deal about that </p><p>great responsibility.</p><p> This mornings text isnt about that responsibility.</p><p> Instead, the text is about the blessings for fulfilling that </p><p>responsibility.</p></li><li><p>Psalm 128</p></li><li><p> First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.</p></li><li><p> First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.</p><p> That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children.</p></li><li><p> First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.</p><p> That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children: Behold, </p><p>children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the </p><p>womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior </p><p>are the children of ones youth (vv 3-4, ESV).</p></li><li><p> First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.</p><p> That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children: Behold, </p><p>children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the </p><p>womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior </p><p>are the children of ones youth (vv 3-4, ESV).</p><p> That Psalm ends the way this Psalm begins.</p></li><li><p> First, this Psalm serves as an appendix to Psalm 127.</p><p> That Psalm speaks of the blessings of children: Behold, </p><p>children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the </p><p>womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior </p><p>are the children of ones youth (vv 3-4, ESV).</p><p> That Psalm ends the way this Psalm begins: Blessed in </p><p>the man . . . . (v 5, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p><p> The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the </p><p>labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p><p> The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the </p><p>labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat </p><p>the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p><p> The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the </p><p>labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat </p><p>the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.</p><p> The text also speaks of the wife within your house (v </p><p>3, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p><p> The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the </p><p>labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat </p><p>the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.</p><p> The text also speaks of the wife within your house (v </p><p>3, ESV).</p><p> The Hebrew literally reads, In the innermost parts of </p><p>your house.</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p><p> The text speaks of the one who eats the fruit of the </p><p>labor of [his] hands (v 2, ESV). We typically do not eat </p><p>the fruit of the labor of [our] hands.</p><p> The text also speaks of the wife within your house (v </p><p>3, ESV).</p><p> The Hebrew literally reads, In the innermost parts of </p><p>your house.</p><p> In ancient Oriental cultures, the womens quarters were </p><p>the innermost parts of the house, &amp; they, therefore, were </p><p>not generally expected to be seen outside of the house.</p></li><li><p> Second, this Psalm is firmly rooted in the culture of </p><p>ancient Israel.</p><p> Thus, some of the imagery the psalmist uses will </p><p>sound quite strange to us.</p></li><li><p> Third, this Psalm, like the other Psalms, is poetry.</p></li><li><p> Third, this Psalm, like the other Psalms, is poetry.</p><p> The psalmist compares the wife to a fruitful vine &amp; </p><p>the children to olive shoots (v 3, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Third, this Psalm, like the other Psalms, is poetry.</p><p> The psalmist compares the wife to a fruitful vine &amp; </p><p>the children to olive shoots (v 3, ESV).</p><p> Therefore, we need to be careful about taking this </p><p>Psalm too literally.</p></li><li><p>This morning, we want </p><p>to examine "THE </p><p>BLESSED FATHER."</p></li><li><p>This morning, we want </p><p>to examine "THE </p><p>BLESSED FATHER."</p><p>A FEARFUL FIDELITY</p><p>A FRUITFUL FAMILY</p><p>A FAITHFUL FELLOWSHIP</p></li><li><p>A FEARFUL FIDELITY</p><p>v 1</p></li><li><p> Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks </p><p>in his ways! (v 1, ESV).</p></li><li><p>What does it mean to </p><p>"fear the LORD"?</p></li><li><p> Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.</p></li><li><p> Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.</p><p> Thus, the second line often explains the first line.</p></li><li><p> Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.</p><p> Thus, the second line often explains the first line.</p><p> Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful </p><p>tongue (Ps 120:2, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.</p><p> Thus, the second line often explains the first line.</p><p> Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful </p><p>tongue (Ps 120:2, ESV).</p><p> Lying lips &amp; a deceitful tongue refer to the same </p><p>thingviz., a lying person.</p></li><li><p> Hebrew poetry uses parallelism.</p><p> Thus, the second line often explains the first line.</p><p> Therefore, in this Psalm, fearing the LORD is the </p><p>same thing as walking in his ways.</p></li><li><p> Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means </p><p>honoring him in daily lives.</p></li><li><p> Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means </p><p>honoring him in daily lives.</p><p> There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was </p><p>Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who </p><p>feared God and turned away from evil (Job 1:1, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means </p><p>honoring him in daily lives.</p><p> Job 1:1.</p><p> Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD (Prov </p><p>14:2, ESV).</p></li><li><p> Throughout the Scriptures, fearing the LORD means </p><p>honoring him in daily lives.</p><p> Job 1:1.</p><p> Prov 14:2.</p><p> The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit </p><p>of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and </p><p>might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the </p><p>LORD (Is 11:2, ESV).</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> After Saul took spoil from the Amalekites, contrary to </p><p>the will of God, the word of the LORD came to </p><p>Samuel: I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has </p><p>turned back from following me and has not performed </p><p>my commandments (1 Sm 15:10-11, ESV).</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> 1 Sm 15:10-11.</p><p> God had given Saul quite explicit instructions for going </p><p>against the Amalekites.</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> 1 Sm 15:10-11.</p><p> God had given Saul quite explicit instructions for going </p><p>against the Amalekites.</p><p> Devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare </p><p>them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox </p><p>and sheep, camel and donkey (1 Sm 15:3, ESV).</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> 1 Sm 15:10-11.</p><p> God had given Saul quite explicit instructions for going </p><p>against the Amalekites.</p><p> Devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare </p><p>them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox </p><p>and sheep, camel and donkey (1 Sm 15:3, ESV).</p><p> But, Saul &amp; his men refused to devote to destruction </p><p>everything.</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> 1 Sm 15:10-11.</p><p> God had given Saul quite explicit instructions for going </p><p>against the Amalekites.</p><p> Devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare </p><p>them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox </p><p>and sheep, camel and donkey (1 Sm 15:3, ESV).</p><p> But, Saul &amp; his men refused to devote to destruction </p><p>everything. Therefore, the LORD rejected Saul as king.</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> 1 Sm 15:10-11.</p><p> This day the LORD your God commands you to do </p><p>these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful </p><p>to do them with all your heart and with all your soul </p><p>(Deut 26:16, ESV).</p></li><li><p> In this Psalm, fearing the LORD means that one obeys </p><p>him.</p><p> Obedience to God is absolutely essential to pleasing </p><p>him.</p><p> 1 Sm 15:10-11.</p><p> Deut 26:16.</p><p> Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter </p><p>the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will </p><p>of my Father who is in heaven (Mt 7:21, ESV).</p></li><li><p>Do we fear the LORD &amp; </p><p>walk in his ways?</p></li><li><p>A FRUITFUL FAMILY</p><p>vv 3, 6</p></li><li><p> You wife will be like a fruitful vine within your </p><p>house; your children will be like olive shoots around </p><p>your table (v 3, ESV).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p><p> The image of the vine was quite important in ancient </p><p>Israel.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p><p> The image of the vine was quite important in ancient </p><p>Israel.</p><p> It was a symbol of peace &amp; prosperity.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p><p> The image of the vine was quite important in ancient </p><p>Israel.</p><p> It was a symbol of peace &amp; prosperity: Judah and Israel </p><p>lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man </p><p>under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of </p><p>Solomon (1 Ki 4:25, ESV).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p><p> The image of the vine was quite important in ancient </p><p>Israel.</p><p> It was a symbol of peace &amp; prosperity (1 Ki 4:25).</p><p> It was a symbol of the Messianic age.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p><p> The image of the vine was quite important in ancient </p><p>Israel.</p><p> It was a symbol of peace &amp; prosperity (1 Ki 4:25).</p><p> It was a symbol of the Messianic age.</p><p> In the latter days they shall sit every man under his vine </p><p>and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, </p><p>for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken (Mic 4:4, </p><p>ESV).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers wife will be like a fruitful vine.</p><p> Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit</p><p>of the womb a reward (Ps 127:3, ESV).</p><p> The image of the vine was quite important in ancient </p><p>Israel.</p><p> It was a symbol of peace &amp; prosperity (1 Ki 4:25).</p><p> It was a symbol of the Messianic age.</p><p> Mic 4:4.</p><p> In that day, declares the LORD of hosts, every one of you </p><p>will invite his neighbor to come under his vine and under </p><p>his fig tree (Zech 3:10, ESV).</p></li><li><p>How should we </p><p>understand this </p><p>image?</p></li><li><p> This image reminds us of the blessings of a wife.</p></li><li><p> This image reminds us of the blessings of a wife.</p><p> The LORD God said, It is not good that the man </p><p>should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him </p><p>(Gn 2:18, ESV).</p></li><li><p> This image reminds us of the blessings of a wife.</p><p> The LORD God said, It is not good that the man </p><p>should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him </p><p>(Gn 2:18, ESV).</p><p> An excellent wife is the crown of her husband (Prov </p><p>12:4, ESV).</p></li><li><p> This image reminds us of the blessings of a wife.</p><p> The LORD God said, It is not good that the man </p><p>should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him </p><p>(Gn 2:18, ESV).</p><p> An excellent wife is the crown of her husband (Prov </p><p>12:4, ESV).</p><p> He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains </p><p>favor from the LORD (Prov 18:22, ESV).</p></li><li><p>Do we realize what a </p><p>blessing our wives </p><p>are?</p></li><li><p> Do we honor God by showing honor to the woman </p><p>(1 Pt 3:7, ESV)?</p></li><li><p> Do we honor God by showing honor to the woman </p><p>(1 Pt 3:7, ESV)?</p><p> Do we love God by loving our wives as Christ loved </p><p>the church (Eph 5:25, ESV)?</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p><p> The olive was very important in ancient Israel.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p><p> The olive was very important in ancient Israel.</p><p> Olives provided the oil for the light in the tabernacle (Ex </p><p>27:20).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p><p> The olive was very important in ancient Israel.</p><p> Olives provided the oil for the light in the tabernacle (Ex </p><p>27:20).</p><p> Olives, with spices &amp; perfumes, was part of the oil used </p><p>for anointing priests (Ex 30:24).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p><p> The olive was very important in ancient Israel.</p><p> Olives provided the oil for the light in the tabernacle (Ex </p><p>27:20).</p><p> Olives, with spices &amp; perfumes, was part of the oil used </p><p>for anointing priests (Ex 30:24).</p><p> Olives provided food (Hab 3:17).</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p><p> The olive was very important in ancient Israel.</p><p> Olives provided the oil for the light in the tabernacle (Ex </p><p>27:20).</p><p> Olives, with spices &amp; perfumes, was part of the oil used </p><p>for anointing priests (Ex 30:24).</p><p> Olives provided food (Hab 3:17).</p><p> Olive oil was even used medicinally.</p></li><li><p> The blessed fathers children will be like olive shoots </p><p>around his table.</p><p> The olive was very important in ancient Israel.</p><p> The olive tree takes many years to reach maturity.</p></li><li><p> The point is tha...</p></li></ul>

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