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Four Examples of Righteous Fathers in the Bible

By Mormon.org
Father and son outside

Fathers protect their families and provide for their needs. Examples of righteous fathers in the Bible are timeless and, even today, show how families are blessed by a father who follows God with all his heart and teaches his children to do the same. Here are some examples of fathers in the Bible whose faithfulness and obedience blessed not only their children but also many generations that followed.

Noah

Noah had to raise his children at a time when the world was full of wickedness. Despite being surrounded by sin, Noah was faithful to God's commandment to build an ark. Because Noah put his trust in God, even though it might not have made sense at the time, his family was saved from the flood.

Abraham

One of the most poignant stories in the Old Testament is that of Abraham being commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham and Sarah had waited decades to have a child, and it must have been heartbreaking for Abraham to hear what God wanted him to do. Even though he didn't understand God’s commandment, Abraham chose to obey.

God was only testing Abraham to prove his obedience, and an angel intervened to stop him from harming Isaac. Because of Abraham's obedience to God's commandment, he and his descendants were promised great blessings (see Genesis 22:16–18).

Joseph

Little is written in the scriptures about Joseph, the man who acted as Jesus's earthly father. Matthew records that we was "a just man" (Matthew 1:19). D. Todd Christofferson has said, “Surely some of the credit goes to Joseph for the fact that as Jesus grew, He ‘increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man’ (Luke 2:52).” Heavenly Father must have trusted Joseph very much to choose him to serve as Jesus’s father during His earthly life.

Father of the boy with an evil spirit

After Jesus’s disciples were unable to heal a boy who was possessed by a spirit, the boy's father brought his son to Jesus. The gospels don’t say very much about who the father was, but it is clear from the story that he loved his son very much and believed that Jesus could heal him. When Jesus told the father that he needed to have faith in order for his son to be healed, “the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief" (Mark 9:24).

This father recognized that if his faith wasn’t enough, he could depend on Jesus Christ to make up for his weakness. Because he turned to Jesus for help, his son was healed.

The faith of these men blessed their descendants for many generations. Fathers today can follow their examples of obedience and diligence, choosing to obey God’s commandments even when it goes against popular opinion or practice. They can show their faith through word and action as they pray and seek to learn God’s will for them. As children see their fathers follow God, they will learn to value a life that is centered on Jesus Christ. By leading through example, fathers can protect their families and teach their children to become valiant disciples of the Lord.