Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Religious Education

I found this in my bible study today and thought it very interesting.

The religious education of children was the parent's responsiblity (Deut. 11:19, 32:46) No exceptions were made for parents who felt they were too busy to teach. Even when children came of age and married, the parents' responsibility did not end; they also had an important part in educating the grand-children (Deut 4:9). In fact, they often lived in the same house.

The Israelite father was ultimately responsible for the education of the children, but mothers also played a crucial role, especially until a child reached the age of five. During those formative years she was expected to shape the future of her sons and daughters.

Clearly, parents wanted to see the proverb come true: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov 22:6)

When a boy became old enough to work with his father, the father became his principal teacher, even though the mother continued to share in the teaching responsibility (Prov 1:8, 9, 6:20) If someone other than the father had to assume the responsibility of teaching a boy, then that person was considered his "father."

How much wisdom we can gain by reading a chapter of Proverbs daily. AMEN!

If we ask first for wisdom each day and then combine with the love of Christ, we can't go wrong.

I for one am so glad I have the Lord to help me to guide my future grandchildren with His word.


No comments: