Children of Faith, Part 2

Children are a gift. They have been since the beginning. They are a blessing. Eve knew this immediately, for in spite of the pain and suffering of the curse, her heart was filled with happiness and thankfulness…

John 16:21 tells us in the words of Jesus himself that “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” It’s a simple and common truth that, despite the pain and the burden of the curse, a mother sees her child and focuses on the joy.

Children are a precious gift.

Cain’s brother came next. Abel, the herdsman. We jump ahead and we find Cain and Abel sacrificing to the Lord. Now, set aside all the details concerning why they were in this position, and just focus on the fact that here we had two young men engaged in a religious ceremony. Where did they learn to do this? Consider Abel’s sacrifice. We are told in the Scriptures that it was worthy and proper, and done in faithfulness. Where did Abel learn to do this? How did he know? I’m believe that he was instructed by his parents the proper way to make an offering. By their example, Abel did what was right in the Lord’s eyes.

Friends, as parents, we have a huge responsibility to our children. Yes, we have to provide for them, shelter and food and protection. Yes, we have to provide them with a good education and the resources to thrive. Beyond all that though, we have a responsibility to our little ones to guide them down a proper road to God! We have a responsibility to raise them up with a knowledge of who the Lord is and what our Savior has done for us all! It is our responsibility and our duty to do these things, and along with it all, we are to live as examples for them!

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The Bible is not silent on these things. Look at Deuteronomy Chapter 6. Beginning in verse 1 we read:

1¶“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess,
2“that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
3“Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
4¶“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
5“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6¶“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
7“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.


I want verse 7 to really be underscored here!

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

The message continues next time…


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