A 300 Year Family Tradition
Posted: Tuesday, October 20
1 Timothy 5:1-25
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.