Mother’s Teaching

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"For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure it is in you as well." (2 Tim 1:5). Paul goes on to say: "and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim 3:15).

The relationship between a mother and child is unique. The relationship between a father and child is unique. These relationships cannot be replaced by anyone else. They are special. They are also different. Many of the Proverbs were written by Solomon for the benefit of teaching wisdom to his children. But some of the Proverbs were written and highly influenced by Solomon's mother Bathsheba. Indeed, as in Timothy's case who became a disciple of Paul, Timothy's spiritual development was largely accomplished by his grandmother and mother.

All of the time we spend teaching our children the sacred writings in the Bible can provide great benefits. There is no doubt that Bathsheba had a profound impact on her son Solomon. Indeed, much of the wisdom Solomon demonstrated was grounded in his mothers love and teaching.

Bathsheba is teaching Solomon in verse 3-5, that to become infatuated with the wrong woman can lead to destruction and pervert the rights of all afflicted. She also teaches Solomon to control his appetites and avoid strong drink. Each child should be taught responsibility for their actions.

Proverbs 31 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 31:1-5 "(1) The words of king Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him. (2) What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows? (3) Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings. (4) It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink, (5) Lest they drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted."

Psalm 11:1-3 (Theme: Unshaken Coverage & Confidence) "(1) In the Lord I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain; (2) For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string, To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. (3) If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?"
Today's question. Should we try to influence the decisions of our children?
The answer is yes. Even Jesus subjected himself to his earthly mother and father. He was called a carpenter, a trade taught to him by Joseph. And although Jesus was God, He laid aside his deity and placed Himself under the direction of Mary and Joseph. He undoubtedly loved and honored them, strictly following the 5th Commandment. "And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and he continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:51).
Lemuel, a name that means ‘devoted to God' could be a pet name given to Solomon by his mother. Although we do not know, we are sure of God's intentions in these teachings. They are for mothers to teach their children to love and respect God, helping to provide them with godly wisdom in all things.

Dear God, help us with our children. Sometimes it is difficult and challenging, but thank you for the special moments we have with them. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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