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A 300 Year Family Tradition

Posted: Tuesday, October 20

 Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children's Pastor

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Jeremiah 35:1-36:32
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 25:25-27 


Verse of the day:

The Recabites do not drink wine to this day because their ancestor Jehonadab told them not to. But I have spoken to you again and again, and you refuse to obey me. (Jeremiah 35:14)

Do you have a family recipe or tradition passed down from your parents or grandparents? Last week my wife Steph and her mom made, “Grandma Julie’s Rolls.” They’re these delicious caramel cinnamon-like rolls that are o so gooey and good. My wife wanted to make them because they’re fantastic, but also because it was a special tradition she shared with her grandma. She told me that whenever she would visit her Grandma Julie in South Dakota she’d have the rolls waiting for her! It’s a really special memory Steph holds onto that resulted in me getting some delicious treats!


In the Old Testament Scriptures today, we read about this family that has been following the instructions of their ancestor for 300 years. The Recabites were a nomadic tribe from the family of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. They entered the Canaan promised land with the Israelites but instead of building homes and permanent establishments, they chose to live in tents. This helped them to preserve their independence and as we later see, protected them from the punishment that befalls on the Israelites. As an illustration, God sends Jeremiah to offer wine to two men from the Recabite family. The men refuse, explaining that their great great great grandfather told them not to drink wine and if they withheld, God would bless them with long lives. 



It’s amazing to me that for 300 years, for at least four generations, these instructions were passed down from adult to child and it was honored. How many of us even know who our great great grandparents are, even our great grandparents at that! It’s a perfect example of what Godly instruction and role modeling can do for generations to come. What kind of life are we living? Is it one that our great grand children will look back on and strive to emulate? Are our daily choices and lifestyle honoring God and pursuing obedience to Him? This story of the Recabite family tradition to obey God is humbling and convicting. It compels me to introspect my example for my daughter Chloe and what that will do for her children. Let’s be people that love God, obey Him with everything, trust Him with anything, and leave a 300 year tradition of docility towards God!