And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever. (Jer 35:18-19)
A conviction only becomes a proven conviction when it is proven. A conviction is not proven until it has been tried.
Over 300 years before, Jonadab had taught his family and taught them to pass along what was TO BECOME a proven conviction. Here is how it happens.
It begins as a COMMAND
But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: Jeremiah 35:6
A proven conviction begins with an obedience to a command. It has to be planted. It started with him giving and expecting obedience to a simple COMMAND.
If we want to impart a proven conviction to your children or followers, you start by showing them God’s commands and expect them to obey them, simply because it is a command.
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. (Deu 32:46)
It follows with a CHARGE
Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; (Jeremiah 35:8)
A command is a beginning, a change is a teaching. He followed the commands with the admonition to teach the same to others in their family and loved ones. Commands without knowledge or understating will not be effectively passed on. We must teach God’s principle and the reasons if we want to establish and pass on proven convictions.
It then brings a CONVICTION
The prophet of God had brought them in to his presence and commanded them to drink wine. (Note; It not to have them drink wine, but to prove the strength of their convictions.) These men refused to drink the wine, even though they had been told to do so by the religious leader, because they obeyed and remained true to the convictions delivered to them by Jonadab. The pressure was on and they did not falter. You cannot know the strength of your convictions until your convictions are tried.
Then comes the CROWN.
They were reward for standing by their convictions.
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever…
Summary: to posses and pass along proven spiritual convictions;
- Accept and teach the commandments of God
- Learn and communicate the reasons for the commands and take them as a “charge” from God
- Take the charges to heart making them convictions.
- Look forward to receiving the crown of rewards for faithfulness.
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