II Kings 24:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father had done.
Dad’s influence is amazing. Jehoiachin does wicked things because he was following the example his dad had given him. There are other verses in II Kings where men did good things because of the influence of their dad. There is a definite correlation in the Bible of children being influenced by their parents.
How can you read this without feeling a great sense of responsibility. You know that how your children will live has much to do with how you live. They are watching you. They will imitate you. They will not do what you want them to do but rather what you do. Life is caught not taught. We can teach what we want then watch them follow what we live.
I must think of my example. I must be careful to live and do right at home as well as at work. I must live out what Christ has put in me. I must always be thinking that my children will treat their wives in a similar fashion to how I treat their mother and vice versa.
Dad’s have enormous influence. That is fun and exciting in one way but an awesome weight of responsibility in another way!