For Parents: Proverbs 6:20-21

Day 25/30

"My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's teaching.  Keep their words always in your heart.  Tie them around your neck." -Proverbs 6:20-21(NLT)

While it is certainly good advice to listen to your parents, "mind your parents" isn't exactly what this ancient Hebrew Proverb is getting at.  The culture of the Hebrew people was centered around the Torah (God's Word, or The Way of Life) and the family.  Before the Temple and the synagogues, and the rise of the vocation of the Rabbis, the Torah was taught in the home by the parents.  Parents who loved God and loved Torah taught it to their children.  Parents who loved their children taught them about God and Torah.  The commands of the father and the teaching of the mother came straight from God's Word.

I wonder why we stopped doing that?  Seems like it might be a better idea than how many teach their children today.  This Proverb is definitely a good word for kids, but I think it's even more important that parents get it.  May God' Word guide your instruction, your teaching, and every aspect of your parenting.


Anonymous said…
Thank you, Pastor Steve!!

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