“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes fro Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” (Psalm 78:1–6)
Though scattered and persecuted, the Jews have managed to maintain their ethnic and religious identity from ancient times until the present day. One of the important reasons for this perseverance lies in their continued teaching of the faith from one generation to another.
The psalmist reflected the long range perspective of his people when he stressed the importance of teaching not only the next generation but even the children of those whoa re not yet born. Beloved, strong faith comes from strong perseverance on the part of those who don’t just “attend church,” they talk of their faith in the home, especially with the children and their grandchildren and the importance of maintaining their faith.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today, we pray to You for all generations to find effective teaching from parents and family members to be willing and dedicated to sharing their knowledge of faith in God through Jesus Christ with all people and especially those family members around them. Let this knowledge leads us all to praise You Abba, in all that we do and let if pour out of us towards teaching others, who may have no faith or little faith. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you are too busy to pray, then you are too busy!.”
“For I have chosen him for he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Genesis18:19)
Parents are responsible for providing religious and moral instruction for their sons and daughters, and for other family members, as well. This God-given responsibility is to be taken as seriously as the obligation to provide food, clothing, and shelter. When parents neglect this teaching task, God is forgotten, values become corrupt, and society as a whole suffers decline.
“Education, Parents”: (Deuteronomy6:1–10)
Nurturing the faith of children through God-centered teaching is one of he greatest privileges of parenthood. It is also a sacred obligation. The task cannot be done on an occasional basis. It must be a continuous process—-morning, noon, and night. The subject matter emphasized in this passage is the “Shema” (probably the most the most quoted Scripture in Judaism. The methodology used in the parental teaching is varied.). The Word of God is to be quoted, explained, discussed, symbolized, and written down. Most important, it is to be “written upon the heart” and incorporated into the parent’s way of life, so the children may have a daily example of godly living.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of he Lord.” (Ephesians6:4)
There is no question that responsibility for nurturing children in the faith is fixed squarely on the shoulders of Christian fathers. Obviously, mothers will have much to do with the nurture and training of children; but fathers who relinquish this duty entirely to their wives do so in clear violation of New Testament teaching.
“Training” is the Greek word, paideia, which denotes a combination of instruction, discipline, and personal guidance. Fathers are also warned against engendering anger and frustration in their children, since this will negate much of their positive teaching. In short, beloved, the raising of children and grandchildren is the responsibility of both parents, but Fathers have the chief role and are not supposed to let that fall on the mothers shoulders. I pray this is clear.