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Proverbs 6 - Part 2 (8 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
This often repeated command and appeal on Solomon's part always precedes an important instruction which he urged upon his son or children. This is no exception. Both the commandment of the father and the law of the mother are spoken of again here as it was in chapter 1 verse 8.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
The same instruction was given in chapter 3.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
The wisdom and instruction is to be the foundational principles of life. The core of the worshipper is to be affected by the teachings of wisdom. Not the hands and feet and mouth only, but the entire life. The heart is continually to be affected by God's wisdom and instruction, even when it comes from parents, as in the case of Solomon. Many people offer up their explanations as to the failure of many of our young people; but very few of them are willing to face the fact that it is this absence of wisdom at the parental level, and that absence affecting their children. We are often guilty of a tokenism towards our children. We are satisfied with symbolism rather than reality. We sent children to church but fail to go ourselves. We go to church with our children but live a totally inconsistent life outside of church and in the home. The strength of teaching our children is in the consistent behavior that we as parents demonstrate towards Christ in following Him and applying His wisdom. Without that, we don't have a leg to stand on and our children will be the next causality of this world and its system.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and ...
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