And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2Tim 3:15).
The mother of Timothy was a pious Hebrew. One of her most important duties was to train her son in the careful knowledge of the word of God. The Jewish Scriptures require this of Jewish families. Rabbi Judah says, “The boy of five years of age ought to apply to the study of the sacred Scriptures.” Rabbi Solomon, on Deu 11:19, says, “When the boy begins to talk, his father ought to converse with him in the sacred language, and to teach him the law; if he does not do that, he seems to bury him.” (Barnes-abbreviated).
Here is the verse: And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deu 11:19)
Deut.6:4-5 was quoted by Jesus as the “great commandment.” when replying to a lawyer. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deu 6:4-5)
The next verse says: And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deu 6:6-7)
When Moses was telling Israel what a great nation they were, he warned them:
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; (Deu 4:9)
The child who knows the Scriptures has a great advantage over those who do not know. It’s like living in a house is an advantage over living in a tent or under a bridge. The auto mechanic with a set of tools has an advantage over the mechanic who works with his fingers. The Scriptures are about here and the hereafter. How do you deal with the here or the hereafter without reliable knowledge?
The Prophet Hosea declared: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Hos 4:6)
The reason they did not have knowledge was that they had rejected it. They could have had knowledge but they turned it down and resisted it. It was having repercussions in their children and their country in general. In our country, the Supreme Court outlawed school-sponsored reading of the Bible to tax-funded public school students, claiming that it was a state-endorsed religion.
In that 1963 Ruling, it upheld Bible reading for literary and historic purposes. Nevertheless, there has been great abuse of the ruling by school administrations and teachers who either misunderstood the ruling or else used it as an excuse to eliminate it to satisfy their own distaste for the Bible. http://familypolicyalliance.com/issues/2016/09/27/supreme-court-supports-bible-reading-public-schools/
The Supreme Court has never ruled against Bible reading in the home and that’s where the greatest damage of children has taken place in their deficiency of Bible knowledge. The Bible commandment to teach the Bible to children was about teaching them at home. There were no public schools for another two thousand years.
According to Hosea 4:6, parents who ignore God’s commandment to teach the Word of God to their children are destroying their children. They will not have much of a sense of right and wrong. One of the greatest mission field of the world are American children. Parents and grandparents can make a big difference in the lives of their children and grandchildren by encouraging the teaching of the Word of God in the home. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
MARCH 20, 2017 – MONDAY
A.M. Josh 1:3 P.M. Luke: 1:57-80
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Memory Verse This Month:
Let the words of my mouth, and meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psa 19:14)
Song for Today:
In the Resurrection Morning (3:13) – (Gaither Group)
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