Unique family arrangements are nothing new. (1) Following the death of Haran, Abram seems to have taken Lot into his home (Gen. 11:27-28, 31; 12:1, 4). Josephus wrote, “Abraham married Sarah, and since he had no children, he adopted his nephew Lot as his son.” (Josephus: The Essential Writings, p. 25). (2) The rearing and home life of Moses was unique (Ex. 2:1-10). (3) Samuel’s home environment was unique (1 Sam. 1:27-2:11, 26). (4) Naomi, mother-in-law, and Ruth, daughter-in-law, lived together following the death of their husbands (Ruth 1:16-17; 2:2; 17-18). (5) David took care of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was lame in the feet and David cared for him (2 Sam. 9). (6) Jehosheba and Jehoiada took their nephew Joash, and cared for him following his father’s death (2 Kings 11:1-3; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12). Jehoiada, and no doubt, Jehosheba, had a tremendous influence on Joash for good (2 Kings 12:1-2; 2 Chronicles 24:1-2). (7) Peter’s house included Andrew, James, and John and perhaps mother-in-law as well (Matt. 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-30; Luke 4:38-39).
In this day and age many unique family arrangements exist. (1) Some due to death or other circumstances find themselves caring for grandchildren or other relatives. Advice, keep in mind the tremendous influence for good you have (2 Kings 12:1-2; 2 Chronicles 24:1-2). Also think on 1 Timothy 5:8. (2) Some find themselves taking care of elderly parents. Read 1 Timothy 5:8; Proverbs 23:22b. They cared for you when you couldn’t take care of yourself. Now, it is your turn. Read 1 Corinthians 13. (3) Some are left in a less than ideal situation having but only one parent in the home to rear the children. Advice – It’s important that your children have a role model from the opposite gender in their lives. Develop close relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Such relationships may well provide mentors and role models for your children (Mark 10:29-30; 1 Tim. 5:1-2).