Sep 16, 2008

Bible study - on our role as parents for our children

Its been a very long time since I posted a bible study on a topic. Again, I am revisiting a topic which I have written in devotionals and snippets. This is a small post on parents and children.

Children are a gift from God-
Psa 127:3  Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 

Parents need to love their children-
Tit 2:4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 

Parents should bring their children to Christ- 
Mat 19:13  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 
Mat 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Parents should train them up for God-
Eph 6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 
Pro 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

Parents should instruct the children on the word of God-
Deu 11:18  Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 
Deu 11:19  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 
Isa 38:19  The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. 
Deu 4:9  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; 

Parents should educate their generations on the Lord's judgement-
Joe 1:3  Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 

Parents should tell the children about His miraculous works-
Exo 10:2  And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD. 
Psa 78:4  We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 

Parents should command the children to obey God-
Deu 32:46  And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. 
Deu 32:47  For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it. 
1Ch 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever. 

Parents should bless their children - as we have seen the patriarchs bless their children.

Parents should pity their children-
Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 

Parents should provide for the children-
2Co 12:14  Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 
Job 42:15  And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 

Parents should rule over their children-
1Ti 3:4  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 

Parents should correct their children-
Pro 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him quickly. 
Pro 19:18  Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. 
Pro 23:14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. 
Pro 29:17  Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. 
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 
Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 

Parents should not provoke their children-
Col 3:21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 

Parents shall not take an unholy connection for their children-
Gen 28:1  And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 

Parents should pray for their children's spiritual health-
1Ch 29:19  And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision. 

Parents should pray to God when their children are sick-
2Sa 12:16  David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 
(and numerous examples of parental supplication to the Lord in the NT)

The parents should walk in a way as to be a blessing for their children-
Psa 112:2  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 

Parents should be an example for the children-
Gen 18:19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.