When I think of the responsibility that we as parents must assume for the little ones in our families, I am reminded of several Bible passages from which a variety of things may be learned.
First: Moses' parents didn't let worldly influences steal their child. In Exodus 2:2-3 we read, "And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. (3) And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink."
They were in the toughest of circumstances, but they did not give in to the pressure. With Hebrew boy babies being slaughtered wholesale, they protected little Moses. When the Egyptian princess vowed to take the baby as her own, Moses' mother volunteered to serve as his nanny. As the years progressed, Moses grew up with the nurturing and tutoring of his own mother. She gave herself devotedly to seeing that her son did not get swallowed up in the trappings of the Egyptian palace.
Consequently in Hebrews 11:24-26 we read, "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; (25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
Second: Elkanah and Hannah dedicated their son Samuel. In 1 Samuel 1:22 we read, "But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband I will not go up until the child be weaned and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide forever.” They left nothing to chance. They made some choices of their own long before Samuel was old enough to choose anything. The parents went to great lengths, privately and publicly, to ensure the forever status of their child.
Third: Zebedee and Salome reared two good sons. In Matthew 4:21 we read, "And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them." When Jesus went looking for key men to train for the work, He found James and John. It appears that they were ready for the Lord's call on their lives, and I think you need look no farther than the home where they were reared to find out why.
Fourth: Timothy was the result of good investments made in him. In 2 Timothy 1:5 we read, "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” We see reflected in him the care of his mother and grandmother, as well as the mentoring of the apostle Paul. Grandparents should also contribute, as did Lois.
To help us with reaching our own children, there are many more examples that could be noted, but these will suffice for now.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you meditate on the Weekly SERMON from Jeremiah 2:2-9 "A Warning to the Backslider."
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