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Fatherhood Lessons from Joseph

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Fatherhood Lessons from Joseph


(1)   The History of Father’s Day:    


Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day." In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.   


(2)   Today, let us note some fatherhood lessons from Joseph.



I.                   Joseph was committed to his God.

A.     Joseph was a “just man” (Matt. 1:19) and was willing to trust and obey God’s instructions (Matt. 1:20-21).

B.     Godly fathers have a proper relationship with God as their foundation.

II.                Joseph was committed to his wife.

A.     Joseph didn’t bail on Mary when things got rough; instead, he stood by her side and helped her to do what it took to make it work (Matt. 1:24-25).

B.     Godly fathers are committed to their wives (cf. Eph. 5:25-28).

III.             Joseph was committed to his children.

A.    Joseph was willing to sacrifice and relocate for the good of his children (Matt. 2:12-14, 19-23).

B.     Godly fathers are committed to providing for, protecting, sacrificing, and raising their children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

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