2 Kings 10:1 says, “And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab’s children…” There are a lot of tasks in life that we as dads can delegate, but there is one that we cannot–child rearing. In Ephesians 6:4, God specifically says that fathers are” to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The onus of child rearing rests squarely on every dad’s shoulders. Yet, many fathers are passing the buck in this critical area to their wives, to grandpa and grandma, to school teachers, to day care workers, to little league coaches, and so on. In the verse above, we read about evil King Ahab. He had countless faults, but his greatest fault was in this area of fatherhood. He was guilty of delegating when he should have been fathering. These seventy boys were his personal responsibility. There is no doubt that he picked the best tutors and instructors for his boys. Later on the Bible tells us that it was “the great men” of the city that brought them up. Yet these great men were not so great. Sadly they loved themselves more than they loved these boys, and when they were threatened by a man named Jehu, they turned on the boys and murdered all seventy of them. It is a sad story in deed. Yet the same thing is happening every day all around us. Dads are just too busy for their kids. They are giving over their responsibility to others, and as a result the kids are perishing. May the Lord help us to never delegate our personal responsibility in this area.