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A Biblical Prescription for Parenting Children

Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

 

This proverb sets out two stages in the process of godly child rearing: first, the method, “Train up a child in the way he should go”; and second, the result, “when he is old he will not depart from it.”

The method involves three parts:

 

  1. The Concept of Training – “Train up.” This does not denote corporal punishment but rather includes three ideas: Dedication—this is the consistent meaning of the word in its other OT occurrences (Deut. 20:5; 1 Kin. 8:63; 2 Chr. 7:5). Child training must begin with dedication of the child to God; the parent must realize that the child belongs exclusively to God and is given to the parent only as a stewardship. Instruction—this is the meaning of this word as it is used in the Jewish writings; the parents are to instruct or cause their children to learn everything essential in pleasing God. Motivation—this is the meaning of the word in Arabic, as it is used to describe the action of a midwife who stimulates the palate of the newborn babe so it will take nourishment. Parents are to create a taste or desire within the child so that he is internally motivated (rather than externally compelled) to do what God wants him to do.
  2. The Recipient of Training – “a child.” This is one of seven Hebrew words translated by the English word “child” and would better be translated by our word “dependent.” As long as the child is dependent on his parents he is to be the recipient of training, regardless of his age.
  3. The Content of the Training – “in the way that he should go.” The thought is that at each stage of development the parents or guardians are to dedicate, instruct, and motivate the child to do what God evidently has best equipped the child to do for Him. This is graphically illustrated by Joshua when he said, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). Proverbs are wisdom statements: general truths about the most important issues of life. If God’s process has been followed, the desired results usually occur. A child can reject the training of godly parents, but usually godly parenting results in godly adult offspring. The result includes the time of realization—“when he is old”—this is best understood as being parallel with “a child,” hence, “when he is independent,” that is, no longer economically dependent upon parents, referring to the time when the child leaves the parents’ home to establish another home. The result includes the nature of realization—“he will not depart from it.” Persistent, careful, godly parenting produces adult children whose Christian faith and commitment are unwavering.

 

This article is an excerpt from the NKJV, Open Bible. 

 

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FOR OTHER PARENTING ARTICLES, CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:
The Biblical Role of the Parents
MOTHERHOOD: A NOBLE MINISTRY
FOUR BIBLE PASSAGES EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW
FIVE VERSES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR TEEN’S LIFE

 

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Who Was Moses?

Apr 13, 2019 |

Where Does Moses Appear in the Bible?

The story of Moses begins in Exodus 1 and stretches across the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Who Was Moses?

Moses was born to Hebrew slaves in Egypt, seemingly at the worst possible time. Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, had ordered all Hebrew male babies to be executed. To save baby Moses’ life, his mother and sister put him in a basket and floated him down the Nile River. He was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, who raised him as her own.

Moses grew up as the privileged grandson of Pharaoh, but he still retained his Hebrew identity. When he saw an Egyptian overseer beating a Hebrew slave, Moses killed the overseer. From that day on, Moses was a fugitive. He hid for 40 years in a desert wilderness, where he became a shepherd, found a wife, and raised a family.

When Moses encountered God in the form of a burning bush, God instructed him to return to Egypt and demand that Pharaoh release the Hebrew people from slavery. That encounter changed not only the course of Moses’ life, but also the course of history.

Pharaoh initially refused to release his enormous workforce—it took 10 plagues to convince him. After God delivered his people, Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt and through the wilderness to the land God had promised their ancestors.

It was a monumental task. The Hebrew people complained nonstop, even though God miraculously provided food and water for them. When they reached the promised land, they found it occupied. God instructed them to conquer the occupants and drive them out, but the Hebrews refused. Because of their lack of faith, God determined that they would wander in the wilderness for 40 years.

Moses frequently grew frustrated with the people. His frustrations boiled over on one occasion when the people were complaining about being thirsty. God had instructed him to speak to a rock so that water would flow from it, but Moses struck the rock with his staff instead. As punishment for his disobedience, God forbade him from ever entering the promised land.

After 40 years of wandering, Moses eventually led the Hebrews to the edge of the promised land. From a nearby mountaintop, he was allowed to look at the place he had longed to see for so many years. And then he died.

Why Was Moses Important?

Moses is arguably one of the central figures of the Old Testament. In addition to his adventures in Egypt and the wilderness, he is credited with writing the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament. He is also credited with writing some psalms and is revered in Jewish history as a teacher and a prophet.

God called Moses—and Moses alone—to the top of Mount Sinai, where he gave the Hebrew leader his laws and the tablets that contained the Ten Commandments. When Moses returned from his mountaintop experience, his face shone in an extraordinary way—the afterglow of his personal encounter with God.

In the New Testament, when Jesus was preparing for his final entry into Jerusalem, he took Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain. There, Moses and Elijah appeared to Him. According to the Gospels, Moses spoke to Jesus about His impending death.

What Lessons Can We Learn from Moses?

The first lesson we can take away from Moses’ life is that being in the right place at the right time only means something if you do the right thing. Moses was equipped to complete the monumental task that the Lord laid before him. Yet it was his faithful willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of the Lord’s work that set him apart.

The second lesson is that faithful obedience matters, which Moses learned the hard way when God forbade him from entering the promised land. Yet even after he had nothing to gain (from a human perspective)—even though he would not be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor—Moses remained faithfully obedient to God and His work.

The author of Hebrews offers this summary of Moses’ life: “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:26–27).

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Interested in knowing more about the writers and characters in the Bible? Check out these articles:

Who Wrote the Book of Romans?
Who Wrote the Book of Joshua?
Who Wrote the Book of Job?
Who Was Eve?

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Who Wrote the Book of Romans?

All critical schools agree on the Pauline authorship of this foundational book. The vocabulary, style, logic, and theological development are consistent with Paul’s other epistles. Paul dictated this letter to a secretary named Tertius (Romans 16:22[NKJV]), who was allowed to add his own greeting.

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God – Romans 1:1 (NKJV)

 

armorThe problem arises not with the authorship but with the disunity of the epistle. Some Latin (but no Greek) manuscripts omit Romans 15:1 — 16:24 (NKJV), and the closing doxology (Romans 16:25 – 27 [NKJV]) is placed at the end of chapter 14 in some manuscripts. These variations have led some scholars to conclude that the last two chapters were not originally part of the epistle or that Paul issued it in two editions. However, most scholars believe that chapter 15 fits in logically with the rest of the epistle. There is more debate over chapter 16, because Paul greets by name twenty-six persons in a church he has never visited.

Some scholars contend that it was a separate letter, perhaps written to Ephesus, that was appended to this epistle. Such a letter would be surprising, to say the least (nothing but greetings), especially in the ancient world. It is simpler to understand the list of greetings as Paul’s effort as a stranger to the Roman church to list his mutual friends. Paul met these people in the cities of his missionary journeys. Significantly, the only other Pauline epistle that lists individual greetings was addressed to the believers at Colosse, another church Paul had never visited. It may be that this portion was omitted from some copies of Romans because it did not seem relevant.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

 

 

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The NKJV Open Bible: The Complete Reference System

Jan 28, 2019 |

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by many writers over a vast time period, and yet it’s the unified Word of God. The Open Bible offers clean and easy navigation through the connectivity of Scripture with a time-tested complete reference system trusted by millions. Plus, The Open Bible gives you even more access into the pages of the Word with book introductions and outlines to provide context and themes from beginning to end.

 

Features Include:

 

The Open Bible New King James Version

Interactive book introductions and outlines provide historical context, themes, and verse relationships within Scripture

 

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The exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® 9-point print size

 

Easy-to-navigate topical index displaying the connections between 8,000 plus names, places, concepts, events, and doctrines

 

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Visual Survey of the Bible illustrating an easy-to-follow diagram of Scripture

 

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References include both verse and page number so anyone can find the Scriptures they need

 

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Additional Bonus Commentary, like A Guide to Christian Workers and the Christian’s Guide to the New Life, offer instruction on Christian doctrine

 

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