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Portrait Of The Son

Updated on June 23, 2012


The mob has many heads but no brains. In a fast moving world, if you follow the crowd, you will soon get lost in the crowd. Mass production are the words in today’s corporate language, and speed is the tone. When Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘There is more to life than increasing its speed’, he did not have this generation in mind.

While packaging is getting better, the content is diminishing in value. Artificial intelligence is fast replacing wisdom in all areas of our lives. A laptop on the pulpit is much preferred these days for bible reference, than for a pastor to know the Scriptures off – heart. Diverse electronic gadgets are readily available to substitute the brains of many students in their academic works.

Zeal is fit only for the wise but is found mostly in fools. Simply having children does not make mothers. It is also true that any man can seed a child, but it takes a father to raise a son. While the whole world is being carried away with prosperity, God is busy looking for posterity among the sons of men. As for God, the content must be good as the packaging; the preacher must be the message, the citizen must be the country, and the son must be the father.

In Israel of old, a prophet was not recognized because of his prophecy alone, but with the credibility of his father was he recognized. Hence we read from the bible thus; ‘Isaiah son of Amoz’, ‘Jeremiah son of Hilkiah’, Zechariah son of Berechiah’, etc. For the same reason, the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ was investigated, approved and attested to by the Israelites.

Coming into the gallery of God’s works, and zooming in on His portrait of the Son, we would see the testimony of God and the testimony of man harmoniously coming together and blend well on the portrait.

Taking David, the second king of Israel for example, God testified thus;

‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.’ – Acts 13:22(NASB)

In harmony, the testimony of man reads thus for David:

‘Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehmite . . .’ - 1 Samuel 16:18

Both God and man recognized Jesse as the father of David, who has invested much of himself on David, his son. Quality parenting is the key needed everywhere in all professions to unlock the value system the whole world is short off. Jesse had patiently poured himself into David, replicating what Jacob did to Joseph. On this same platform, Jesus said to Philip, He who has seen Me has seen the Father’ ‘– John 14:9

From all works of life, the issue of sonship should be taken seriously, if we must add value to the contents. The young man that brought David to king Saul was a doyen and a guru in identifying species and types, a keen observer of human behaviors, characters and traits. Among the children of the same parents, this young man saw and identified the Son of Jesse!

Looking closely at David, a type of God’s beloved son, we would observe seven factors that made him a perfect son of Jesse. These seven factors (seven is the number of perfection) were obvious also in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The seven traits were recorded thus:

‘Behold I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him’ – 1 Samuel 16:18

§ Sonship Confirmed – There was a close identification with the father. God spoke from Heaven to confirm Jesus’ sonship in Matthew 3:16 – 17

§ Skillful Musician – David put zeal into his emotion when writing his psalms. Knowing fully well that death stared at him, Jesus sang the Hallel (Psalm 115 – 118) with passion. Come what may, the praise of the Father must be on our lips.

§ Mighty Man of Valor – This means ‘Strength of heart’. David stood for his conviction when facing Goliath the giant. Jesus stood alone against those selling and buying right inside the Temple. You must stand for your convictions as per the Father and His Kingdom.

§ Man of War – David fought wars throughout his reign. There were spiritual victories behind the Healings, Miracles, Signs and Wonders that Jesus did. In the Kingdom conflicts, there is no equilibrium in the realm of the spirit – Mark 1:13

§ Prudent in Speech – David had a tongue seasoned with favor, many followed him because of his eloquence, the evidence of which we see in those who were distressed coming to him at the cave of Adullam, also reflected in his psalms. For Jesus the Beloved Son of God, Isaiah spoke regarding Jesus thus, ‘ The Lord has given Me the tongue of the learned’ - Isaiah 50:4 Jesus’ speech heals, comfort, favors and lift ups the hearers – Luke 4:22

§ Handsome – Beside the physical beauty, handsome for David as the son means possessing a teachable spirit. This quality was written all over Jesus, the express image of the Father – He was without blemish – flawlessly faultless! – John 18:38; 19:4,6

§ The LORD With Him – Anyone that does the will of the Father will always get His attention. The LORD was with David – the reason for all his victories – home & away. Jesus enjoyed God’s presence per second. Peter confirmed this in Acts 10:38 as stated by Jesus Himself in John 8:29

While values are going down and the world laments, you can make yourself a son/ daughter that will uphold the values of your lineage. The portrait of the son is needed in every country, leadership, profession and in our gatherings as the Church.

Things don’t turn up in this world until somebody turns them up. Although the whole world is earnestly waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, if you don’t show up as a son, the world will keep waiting.

Brace yourself up, live for values.

Preparing the Bride,

Segun Tewogbola

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      Segun Tewogbola 

      6 years ago

      Paul K Francis, I appreciate your comment and the rays of hope it contains for the coming generations.

    • Segun Tewogbola profile imageAUTHOR

      Segun Tewogbola 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your comment. God bless you.

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      Paul K Francis 

      6 years ago from east coast,USA

      Even in today's fast paced technological world, I see values are still cherished among many young people, some as a result of good parenting and others who have found them on their own. All is not lost. Thank you for this refreshing and real life hub.

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      Alexander Gibb 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is a timely and appropriate Word for today, thank you.

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