Educating your Child

I am sometimes baffled by parents who choose not to be responsible for what their children learn.  It is normal these days for even Christians to send their children off to the secular and atheist institute called the public school system in the name of not “sheltering them”.  The place is so godless and lost in its perspective of history and social issues, but that is what we do non-the-less.  We abdicate our role as parents for the sake of greater income, more time to ourselves, etc.  What is the end result?  Who knows?  With as much garbage and nonsense a child’s head is filled with it is a wonder more of them don’t become atheists.

If we look at Genesis, the very first command given (Martin Luther calls it more than a command- a holy ordinance) God says by fruitful and multiply: “God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””  If this is the very first thing God says to man how great is our responsibility as men to lead our family.  In as much as we were created man or woman we also were created to be fruitful. It is not a point of argument.  Be fruitful!  But this is where the secularism has sadly come into the church and whispered to us reasons why we should hinder God’s ordinances for sake of career, comfort, greater income and stability, “I’m not ready yet”, etc.  All of these are crimes against God’s word.  You are ready.  You were created that way! You commit murder in your heart and shrug it off because after all everyone else is doing it.  Jesus says that if you even look at a woman lustfully you have already committed adultery.  How similar is the sin of contraception. As Christians we are so ready to judge those who have abortions, but are quick to shrug off the murder we commit in our own hearts each time we hinder God’s first command: “Be fruitful and multiply.”

What about the example given by Rachel, who died in childbirth.  She pleaded at her husband Jacob’s feet for a child to the point of angering her husband.  “Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die.”  Then Jacob’s anger burned against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?””  The issue here is Rachel’s faith.  The lesson we can learn is that Rachel idolized the womb and forgot who it is that makes the soil fertile.  Later in Genesis the very thing that consumed Rachel ended her life.  Wives, do not go to your husband and plead that he spill his seed to prevent a pregnancy.  That is not his place or yours even to hinder.  Go to God as we can see Jacob’s anger kindled against his wife for what reason?  He saw her lack of faith in God Almighty.  It was not for worry or lack of reassurance in her husband’s leadership.  Rachel struggled with faith.  Is your husband in the place of God to withhold the fruit of the womb?

On a second glance look at the difference between the burial that Rachel received and also the burial and place of resting that Leah received.  “So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).  Jacob set up a pillar over her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.”  When I read through Genesis I wondered what the importance of mentioning this was and that there is no mention of Leah again until the end of Genesis where we see where she was buried.  In Jacob’s final words to his sons he requests where to carry his body for burial: “There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah– the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.”  Jacob loved Leah and was committed to her until the end.  What kind of wife will you be to your husband?  Leah or Rachel?

Now that we’ve established that we are created to be fruitful and that the philosophy of the world seeks to make eunuchs out of men as Jesus put it in Matthew 19 after addressing the issue of divorce; we can now move to the command to parents to educate their children.  “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”  It is who you were created to be to teach your children the statutes of the LORD.  I once heard an elder in the church say that homeschooling is not the best way and then left it at that.  I didn’t remember any other word he said that day.  Why?  Because here we have this charge for parents to teach their children in Deuteronomy 6!  There are certainly other avenues a parent may take, but all must come secondary to this charge- this great responsibility to be called a parent.  It is the same charge of males to be men and of females to be women of God.  It doesn’t simply happen.  We have to beat our stubborn selves into these roles and that only comes by the grace of God through the study of His word.  Teaching your children at home puts you on the front lines of being a parent.  You are in the trenches and you are getting your hands dirty! It is tough and it is a challenge as I can already see and we only have toddlers!

The role of godly parents is to teach their children in the admonition of the LORD.  In all subjects we as parents are charged to teach of God’s glories.  The husband is the head and thus ultimately responsible.  It is not simply a task that you leave your wife while you go and make the income.  No!  It is your job husbands to see your children as both blessings from the LORD and arrows as in the hand of a warrior as the Psalmist puts it in Psalm 127. Your children are not a burden except when you allow the world to tell you such.  Your children are a burden when you do not give them structure in discipline.  Your children are a burden when you enjoy time with your hobby more than time with them.  Invest in your children.

Quite a contrast to what our secular society has fed us from the beginning.  In every way society seeks to hinder God’s word.  Whether it is through the dating system, pro-creation, child rearing and education, and marriage.  At every step of the way we need to be seeking God’s wisdom.  We need to be analyzing the issues through the lens of God’s word: The Bible.

At the end of the day if you see your children as a burden who is influencing your view of them?  God calls them a blessing in every verse of the bible except where there is failure as a parent.  If you fail as a parent they will be a curse to you.  It is a difficult task set before us.  Nowhere does the bible say the task will be easy.  Get ready for the greatest challenge in your life!

“The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it, all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent, especially, ought to feel, every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God— this is his task on earth.” -Robert Dabney, 1820-1898

~ by Majestic on March 19, 2011.

One Response to “Educating your Child”

  1. […] lets look at abortion.  This should be the most important issue that Christians pursue behind the evangelism of their own children as Deuteronomy 6 puts it.  Interestingly enough, from a political perspective Christianity does little more than to vote […]

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