What should b e the
prayer of every parent?
Then Manoah prayed to
the Lord: O Lord, I beg you, let the man of
God you sent to us come again to teach us how
to bring up the boy who is to be born.
Note This is part of
the prayer of Manoah, the father of Samson.
How should our children
All your sons will be taught
by the Lord, and great will be your childrens
What will happen if a
child is not properly instructed?
The rod of correction
imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself
disgraces his mother.
How earnestly should
parents teach their children the things of God?
that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them upon your children. Talk about
them when you sit at home and when you walk along
the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:7; 11:19.
Old Testament Examples
How did Solomons
parents regard him as a child?
When I was a boy in my
fathers house, still tender, and an only
child of my mother.
What does Solomon say his
father did for him as a child?
He taught me and said,
Lay hold of my words with all your
heart; keep my commands and you will live.
From what time does the
psalmist say he was taught?
Since my youth,
O God, you have taught me, and to this day I
declare your marvelous deeds. Psalm 71:17.
How was Moses taught during
the days of his early childhood?
By faith Moses
parents hid him for three months after he was
born, because they saw he was no ordinary child,
and they were not afraid of the kings
edict. Hebrews 11:23.
Note The hiding of
Moses was at a time when Pharaoh, king of Egypt,
had issued a decree that every Hebrew male child
should be killed as soon as it was born, to
prevent too rapid an increase of the Hebrews. The
second chapter of Exodus tells the story of the
finding of Moses by the kings daughter, and
his being brought up by his own mother employed
as a nurse. She was a woman of faith, and her
teaching of Moses was such that after he had been
at the Egyptian court till he was come to
years, he chose to suffer affliction with
Gods people rather than to enjoy the honor
of succeeding to the throne of Egypt as the
adopted heir. He became the leader of Gods
people when they escaped from the Egyptian
bondage, and after he died, he was raised to life
and taken to heaven. (See Hebrews 11:24; Jude 9;
Matthew 17: 1-13.)
How did his father regard
Now Israel loved
Joseph more than any of his other sons.
Because he had been born to him in his old age;
and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.
Note The record of
Josephs life, found in Genesis 37-50, shows
that he lived intimately with his father till he
was seventeen years of age. He must have been
carefully taught of God also, for in all his
marvelous experience as slave, prisoner, and
premier of Egypt, he remained true to his
heavenly Father, not a single sin being recorded
of him to the day of his death.
New Testament Instruction and
How should all Christian
parents bring up their children?
Fathers do not
exasperate your children; instead, bring them
up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
How early does Paul say
Timothy was instructed?
And how from
infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures;
which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy
Reward and Blessing
What reward in this life is
promised the faithful mother?
Her children arise and
call her blessed; her husband also, and he
What beautiful picture of
homelife is drawn by the psalmist for the father
who fears the Lord?
Your wife will be like
a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will
be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is
the man blessed who fears the Lord. Psalm
What motive will inspire all
true parents to faithfulness in teaching their
Then our sons in their
youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our
daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a
palace. Psalm 144:12.
Note We often hear
the saying, The hand that rocks the cradle
is the hand that rules the world. This
agrees with the saying of the wise man. Train
up a child in the way he should go: when he is
old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs
22:6. No father or mother knows the future of the
little child prattling about the home circle. But
God knows, as He did in the case of Moses and
Esther and Timothy. Whether it is His purpose for
some of our children to rule the world, as did
Joseph and Daniel virtually, as prime ministers,
or for them to stand before kings,
as did Moses and Esther and Daniel, or for some
of them to serve and suffer for the name of
Christ, as did Peter and John and Paul, it is our
sacred privilege to teach our children faithfully
and diligently during their tender years.
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