The church in thy house
The “house should be a church, and every head of a family a spiritual shepherd” (John Chrysostom). It would be the dearest and most joyful situation to have the house and a family as a church (Rom. 16:5, 1 Cor. 16:5, Col. 4:15, Phil. 1:2). Only in such a home daily family worship is possible, where reading and teaching of His word becomes an integral part of life, where His Sabbaths are observed, where the members are instructed in the knowledge of God and their duty to Him. In such a home Christ is not only studied and becomes an example of love and conduct; everyone is filled with His spirit that empowers the whole family to live life as worship for the glory of the Father.
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart” (Zec. 12:10-14).
“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles” (Zec. 14:16-19).