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Our Children, the Olive Shoots

Posted: Friday, December 9

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18


Verse of the day:

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.
(Psalm 128:1-4)

She has her daddy’s nose.


He has his mommy’s smile.


When little ones are babies or toddlers, grownups like to draw physical comparisons between children and their parents.  New moms and dads eagerly examine newborns for signs of resemblance.


As we age, the comparisons continue.  However, they tend to shift from comments about looks toward the realm of character qualities.


A chip off the old block.


The apple doesn’t fall far from tree.


Like father, like son.


These well-known expressions describe children following in the footsteps of their parents' character, work ethic, interests, hobbies and vices.  Comments like these can be said in a positive or negative way.


The Spirit-inspired authors of the Bible have a lot to say about the next generation reflecting the previous generation.


Psalm 128 says there is a reward for dads who “fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him” (v. 1).  Specifically, the result is “your children will be like olive shoots around your table” (v. 3).


As olive trees age, younger “shoots” will grow around it, ready to take the place of the predecessor.


I pray my children will use their God-given gifts and passions to pursue their own dreams, which may lead them to very different places and positions. 


Yet, when it comes to the way I love Jesus and walk in obedience to my Heavenly Father, I pray my character is worth inheriting.