Parents are responsible to teach their children (Deutoronomy 6: 1-9)-These are all the commands, laws and regulations that the LORD your God told me to teach you so you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, and so you and your children and grandchildren might fear the LORD your God as long as you live. If you obey all his laws and commands, you will enjoy a long life. Listen closely, Israel to everything I say. Be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the door-posts of your house and on your gates.
This was the instruction given to the people of Israel after Exodus from Egypt, and this is the instruction to the Church today. We are carefully instructed to obey and follow them for our own good and protection. Obedience to God's commands results in blessings and long life. Everything from our food to our health and finance is promised to be blessed when we follow God's instruction. You can see they are instructed to keep them in their hearts and on their home and to meditate on them day and night, no matter where they are. The reason is so that they would remain blessed and guarded from the attacks of the evil one in the world. This is to keep them and their families healthy and safe, and in a condition where they are not vulnerable, and won't be overtaken by the evil in the world.
Train children to follow God (Proverbs 22: 6)-Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.
Here we see that God's instruction to parents are to train our children while they are still young to take the right path in life, a path with God in their hearts, so that when they are older, they will remain upon it. So, even as they get older, and they go off on their own to live their lives, they will remember what their first teachers taught them. They will remember God's instruction and keep them in their hearts and use them as guidelines for their lives, so that they will remain blessed.
Christians should always learn more about God (Ephesians 4: 14-15)-Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the Church.
Here we read that Christians need to learn more about their God. We need to learn so that we are not immature or underdeveloped like those who easily change their minds about what their faith is. We see that it is possible for us to be lead astray if we are not careful and if we are not educated. That is why Bible study is so important. So, that when the time comes when people from the world try to convince us to believe what they believe in, we are not fooled, and do not fall into their beliefs. We will already have learned the truth, for ourselves, after having read on it, and kept it in our hearts. That is how people get lead into false religions, and you see stories on the news that they let people convince them to do shameful things, or kill, etc. Education is key to success in life especially in the Church. We need to know exactly what it is that we are to be following, and what we should keep in our hearts. That is why Bible studies are extremely important. You need to be prepared so when the enemy brings false religion (idolatry, and other shameful belief systems), you know how to respond, and of course to walk away with God's word in your heart, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
I hope this brief study on education helps you to remember why we are here right now, reading this blog. We need to be educated and educate our children to find, learn, and keep on the right path with God. A path of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A life that shines light in a dark world. A life of honor, and excellency. A life that makes God proud. That is what we want to teach our children. Until next time, God bless you; and be blessed.
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