Bring them up in God’s image and likeness!


Passage:  Gen 5, NIV 84

Today: Bring them up in God’s image and likeness!

3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died. (Gen 5, NIV 84)-emphasis added

After the death of Abel, Adam and Eve had another son, Seth. He was born in the image and likeness of Adam

Why is it written so specifically that Seth was born in the image and likeness of Adam? Adam was created in the image and likeness of God!

Seth reminds Adam of God. Adam had no earthly father, but only a heavenly father. Even though Adam lost his identity with his father, Seth picked it up

It was in the line of Seth that Enoch, the man who walked with God, was born

Later, Noah, his son Shem, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all born in that line

Seth had a good, Godly life, we can believe. Seth had a son Enos; it was during that time that men began to call on the name of the Lord!

Seth must have given his son a good, Godly instruction

Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD. (Gen 5, NIV 84)

Do we give our children everything but God?

Some parents may be so zealous for God, trying to force “God” on them; that may recoil! make the times of prayer the time they love the most!

Some people make the time of prayer “horrible”; they may sing song that most don’t know, and read a scripture casually, which no one may understand.

If children love to sing a particular song, sing it; read a scripture they understand; if they love to play musical instruments, let them use them during family prayer

Share briefly from the scripture you read,  instead of just reading a portion, closing it and have everyone recite their routine prayer, as most of us do.

God hates prayers we do with no interest in it; He wants our complete interest and involvement!

When children leave for school, send them with a prayer and a scripture/psalm read. There are also 31 chapters of proverbs, one for every day of the month

For family prayer, select a book/portion before the prayer starts; that is the parent’s home work

One of the best models of group prayer I loved, was the one we had in college

For the first 15 minutes, we sing songs; next fifteen minutes, we read a portion of scripture from the book we are reading; each person may read two or three verses. Then, we discuss the portion-each person can discuss any verse. After that,  each can share their prayer request/thanks and two or three people pray. Usually, about ten or so students come every day

Find which is the best model for your home, and use it!

Have a blessed time with God and family!


Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your word. Help us to send our children to school like how baby Moses was put in a basket made carefully, to cover our children with prayer and the word, so that they will not “sink” in the things of the world. Amen

The first and the last thing we give to our children is God; everything else comes in between!