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For Smart People
Who Do Not Want To Be Dummies
About God and the Bible
(Parts I, II, III)
By J. George Cover
Lesson 26 - Bible Instructions for Parents (Text Version)
God said of Abraham:
"I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment..." (Genesis 18:19).
In contrast God said concerning Eli, the priest:
"For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
"And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever" (1 Samuel 3:14-15).
"Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God," but Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters..." (Exodus 10:7, 9). Sometimes parents seem content to be Christians but fail to insist against Satan that their children will leave Egypt (the land of bondage) with them.
Parents sometimes do not realize how important it is that they serve God while rearing their children.
"I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hat me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:5).
God said in Hosea 4:9, "...Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget they children."
"Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever" (Deuteronomy 4:40).
"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" (Deuteronomy 5:29).
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward" (Psalm 127:3).
"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse" (Malachi 4:6).
Concern for Children Before Birth.
Children are of concern to both parents and the doctor before the child is born, with concern for the wellbeing of the child and mother.
It is a sad fact that millions of mothers have concerned themselves with the deliberate destruction of their children before they have a chance to be born -- the murder of unborn infants, called abortion.
Should parents be concerned for their children's spiritual welfare before they are born?
I heard of an incident but am not sure that I remember the time element correctly. It, however, illustrates the point. A mother went to the minister in by gone years and asked him at what age should she begin the spiritual training of her child. The minister asked, "When will the child be born?" She replied, "O, he is three years old." The minister responded, "Go home quickly and begin because you have lost the three best years to do it."
"Please tell me more."