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My Son, Keep…

Proverbs 6:20-24 “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakes, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.”

“Father’s commandment “ (commands, precepts)

Deuteronomy 6:1-2 “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.”

Psalm 78:5 “For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children.”

“Law of thy mother” (direction, instruction, doctrine)

Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

Psalm 37:31 “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

These verses bring me to a decision that it is my responsibility as a mother to instruct my children in the laws, the ways, the doctrine of God. It is easy to leave it up to my husband to teach them God’s Word since he is the head of the home. I am very thankful that he does teach them the Bible. It is easy to rely on the church, Sunday School teachers or perhaps, a Christian school setting to get God’s Word before my children. We have been blessed with wonderful, caring teachers for our children through the years. We have been privileged to be under the influence of honorable, Godly pastors. It would be impossible for them to know how much I have come to appreciate their love and instruction. Yet, it is clearly Biblical that I, the mother, carry great responsibility in teaching my children the Word of God. I feel that I have not taught them as much as I could have. With God’s help, I am purposing to become more active – maybe, the word should be – more confident in acknowledging my responsibility and more aggressive in performing my responsibility.

Proverbs 1:8 “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of they mother.”

Proverbs 3:1 “My son, forsake not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.”

Proverbs 4:2 “For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.”

As a current homeschooling mother, I find myself buried in curriculum choices for each child because I want them to get the best education possible. I am learning that teaching them to know the God Who made them, to discover how He designed them uniquely, and to learn His ways in relationships is above the most detailed, intensive curriculums I could find. I will continue to provide the best tools for learning possible, but I already have the best learning tool – God’s Word.

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