2 Timothy 1:3-7, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Children are an heritage, Choosing Wisely, Deuteronomy 6:20-25, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Jesus loves children, Let's touch our children while we can, Love the littles, Matthew 19:13-15, Psalm 11:3-4, Psalm 127:1-5, Psalm 14:1-2, Save the children
Bible Ballistics: Vol. 18 No. 19 Touch Them While You Can???
“Except the LORD build the house,
they labour in vain that build it:
except the LORD keep the city,
the watchman waketh but in vain.
2 It is vain for you
to rise up early,
to sit up late,
to eat the bread of sorrows:
for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children
are an heritage
of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb
is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man
that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies
in the gate.” Psalm 127:1-5
We are living in a culture that minimalizes, ignores, and even tries to replace the value of children in the home; yet God places great stock in the value of children! As the Psalmist says above, it is GOD who will “build the house”, “keep the city”, and gives “his beloved sleep”; it is also clear that God speaks clearly to the import of “children” in the home—they are:
“an heritage of the LORD”
“As arrows …. in the hand of a mighty man”!
God also says that children can produce “Happy” men—families! They present an opportunity to spread the good news of God’s salvation to our posterity, to see faithful successful children following our God, and accomplishing great things for God, for mankind in general, and families! Spreading the good news, as we teach them God’s truth from The Word of God, rather than entertaining them from the lies of the world.
Paul encouraged Timothy to remember the import, in his own life, of the truth of scripture and the passing on of faith to our children and grandchildren.
“But continue thou in the things
which thou hast learned
and hast been assured of,
knowing of whom
thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child
thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise
unto salvation through faith
which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God
may be perfect,
unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Just as Paul had already credited Timothy’s family for teaching him truth, knowing that faithfulness in truth and righteousness is contagious!
“I thank God,
whom I serve from my forefathers
with pure conscience,
that without ceasing
I have remembrance of thee in my prayers
night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee,
being mindful of thy tears,
that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance
the unfeigned faith
that is in thee,
which dwelt first
in thy grandmother Lois,
and thy mother Eunice;
and I am persuaded that in thee also.
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance
that thou stir up the gift of God,
which is in thee
by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power,
and of love,
and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:3-7
The sad thing to my heart is that we are living in a society that is actively sacrificing our children on the altar of popular culture.
We must set our minds to know God’s truth (by digging into the Word of God) and being willing to stand by it with faithful confidence! Jesus Himself made the priority of children clear.
“Then were there brought unto him little children,
that he should put his hands on them,
and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said,
Suffer little children,
and forbid them not,
to come unto me:
for of such
is the kingdom of heaven.
15 And he laid his hands on them,
and departed thence.” Matthew 19:13-15
Paul also reminds us that we are to depend upon the Word of God—it is not only our guide but our assurance in all things.
“Study to shew thyself approved
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Thinking of “rightly dividing”, there is an implication that if we don’t “rightly” divide, we may be guilty of “wrongly” dividing it! One of my favorite passages to ‘divide’ is in the book of Deuteronomy, and I encourage you to read all of chapter 6, but for time and space here, we’ll only look at a portion of the passage that I pray will help us understand the family’s responsibility, especially the father’s, to live, preserve and pass on the ‘Gospel’ by living what we “say” we believe, in order to pass on a godly heritage. Let’s consider the order: first the parents must love God and determine to trust and follow HIM faithfully, to live a faithful life of obedience to God, and then see the conclusion of a faithful life in their children asking, “why do we live this way” (Blanche’s paraphrase)? Then we, as parents, are to share our living, active relationship of faith with the God who saves, for our children to observe.
“Hear, O Israel:
The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God
with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might.
6 And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them
unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest
in thine house,
and when thou walkest
by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them
for a sign upon thine hand,
and they shall be
as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them
upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Our love for God is to be evident in all that we say and do; our children are to see God IN us, in our words and ways. We are to be a reflection of God’s glory to our children just as importantly (if not more importantly) as to others!
Continuing with Deuteronomy 6:
“And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying,
What mean the testimonies,
and the statutes,
and the judgments,
which the LORD our God
hath commanded you?
21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son,
We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt;
and the LORD brought us out of Egypt
with a mighty hand:
22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders,
great and sore,
and upon all his household,
before our eyes:
23 And he brought us out from thence,
that he might bring us in,
to give us the land
which he sware unto our fathers.
24 And the LORD commanded us
to do all these statutes,
to fear the LORD our God,
for our good always,
that he might preserve us alive,
as it is at this day.
25 And it shall be our righteousness,
if we observe to do all these commandments
before the LORD our God,
as he hath commanded us.” Deuteronomy 6:20-25
What value are you placing on children? Are they a nuisance or a treasure? Are they an inconvenience or a blessing? Are they worthy of the cost of time, energy and money, or is it cheaper to have a “pet” instead? (I have no problem with pets, but I do have a problem with those who diminish the value of children and try to replace human offspring with pets! No offense intended!). It seems to me that we are oft-times feeding our lusts and offering our offspring on the altar of our own lust, greed, and convenience! Abortion is promoted, and how sad it must make God that we kill our own children while rescuing trees, whales, and other animals! What has happened to our priorities?
I have a friend who teaches what I call “the littles”, and she and her husband spend their time teaching the “littles” about Jesus; not just entertaining them with frou-frou, movies, and things of the world, but teaching them the word of God, the love of Jesus, what we truly celebrate at “Christmas” and on “Resurrection” Sunday, and how to live according to God’s Word and HIS SON—JESUS (not a man in a red suit or a bunny with eggs)! These children learn that Jesus saves, and they learn that they can see HIM at work all around them! She is so blessed to bring these “littles” to the cross, that the parents want to be in her class too! What are you doing for the “little people” in your life? Do you have time for them? Or are we so busy we give them a fist full of money and send them elsewhere? Will you see them and touch their lives before they are gone, or will you miss your window of opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children? Believe me it is much better to have a great relationship than a heart full of regret for opportunities missed, and lives ruined by not knowing God, or seeing HIM in the lives of the adults in their lives!
It’s your choice, but choose wisely, if we lose another generation, we may not have a choice or a second chance!
“The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.
2 The LORD looked down from heaven
upon the children of men,
to see if there were any
that did understand,
and seek God.” Psalm 14:1-2
May God help us to see through His eyes and be the example HE intends for us to be! After all our future is at stake!
“If the foundations be destroyed,
what can the righteous do?
4 The LORD is in his holy temple,
the LORD’S throne is in heaven:
his eyes behold,
his eyelids try,
the children of men.” Psalm 11:3-4
Amen and Amen!!!