Jesus knows the power of heritage as it’s passed from generation to generation and how easily the message of salvation can be passed to our children in a purified home.
Jehonadab is a relatively obscure man in the Bible, but he’s a priceless role model to husbands and fathers (read his story beginning at 2 Kings 10:15). He was known by all as one of the godliest men of his day, staunchly opposed to Baal worship and anything else that stood against God.
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah,
saying, “…Jonadab son of Recab ordered his sons
not to drink wine and this command has been
kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because
they obey their forefather’s command. But I have
spoken to you again and again. yet you have not
obeyed me.” (JEREMIAH 35: 12-14)
The term sons likely refers to all disciples but surely included descendants as well. Do you know how much time had passed since Jehonadab set his example? Two hundred years! The purifying work he began in his family tree had such an impact that it was felt ten to fifteen generations later.