Lesson 8: A Mother and Her Children | omarcafini.info
Here is a long list of Bible verses that talk about parenting, child instruction, mothers and fathers. Leave me a comment if I've left off your favorite. Bible verses about Parent Child Relationship. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Her sons were involved in the first homicide (without Nintendo and violence on TV to blame it on). She was the first mom to have to bury her child.
A Mother and Her Children Barbara had been looking forward to her high school reunion for months. She had been a popular teenager, and now that ten years had passed since graduation she yearned to see her school friends and catch up on their lives.
Josh, Barbara's husband, had suggested she buy herself some new clothes for the event, and she'd even had a manicure and pedicure so she'd feel especially attractive. Josh was out of town, but had encouraged her to go without him. Happily imagining the various careers and choices her classmates might have followed, she steered the car into the Sheraton parking lot impatiently. She could hardly wait to walk into the big hotel ballroom, pick up her name tag, and start visiting.
At first she was ecstatic, thrilled to see so many dear, familiar faces. But as the evening progressed, she experienced a growing sense of sadness. Of course everyone asked her, "And what kind of work are you doing? But every time she said it, she felt a little more embarrassed. Her best friend Kate had become a lawyer.
Sharon was a social worker. Cheryl was teaching fifth grade.
I can't believe you're sitting home all day doing nothing! If I'm doing nothing, she thought to herself, why am I always so tired? There are just too many people in the world. And probably not ever. I'm really kind of turned off with the family thing—no offense, Barb. I'm gifted, and I want to make the most of myself.
True, Kate had never been known for her tact, but her words still hurt. Barbara glanced down at her new dress. It suddenly looked frumpy to her, and her carefully manicured nails seemed too short and too pink. She glanced at her watch. It was only 8: Maybe she's right, she mused. Maybe I've missed the boat somewhere. She sat down alone and looked out at the laughing, happy crowd. Just then Sharon sat down next to her.
I'm just a housewife, you know. Such an honorable vocation required no apology. However, in our contemporary western culture, humanistic philosophy has been incredibly successful in changing the way women view themselves and their worth, both in their homes and throughout society. Virtually every aspect of traditional female responsibility has been denigrated.
This is particularly true of those responsibilities associated with domesticity. James Dobson put it this way: Most of all, I think it is imperative that we take a clear-eyed look at mothering and see just what God thinks about its importance in our world. Blessings from Above Concepts like "Population Zero" and other global concerns have targeted childbirth and large families, not only in developing countries, but in North America.
Their propaganda contradicts both Old and New Testament Scriptures, which promote the expansion of families. God's command to reproduce was given to the first two people, and it never was rescinded. In fact, after the flood in Genesis 9: Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
It is never considered a curse. Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. And one of the indications of his approval was, "The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb.
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On the other hand, throughout Scripture the inablility to have children was considered a reproach, a curse, a sign of disfavor, and a tragedy. I do want to make a point here that is very important. Today, although children remain a blessing, infertility does not have the same theological significance. You can't say to an infertile woman, "Well, that's God's curse.
You've done something wrong. We, in Christ, are under a different covenant. I have a daughter who has problems with infertility. I was so encouraged when she said, "Mother, I believe that if God wants us to have children He will bring us those children when He is ready. And He has given them a beautiful baby girl by adoption who is a wonderful blessing to our whole family. I just want to reassure someone who may be feeling that her infertility is a curse from God.
Parents Duty To Children
God has many reasons for sending trials and disappointments in our lives. Just look at Hannah in 1 Samuel She became a deeply spiritual woman because of her barrenness.
God needed a man to turn the nation of Israel back to God. So He started with a mother who would willingly give her son to serve God for life. Hannah was that mother, and she became the woman she was because of the disappointment and suffering she experienced. Her son Samuel led Israel all of his long life and then anointed her first two kings, Saul and David. God's Fatherly Love Besides being our "pride and joy," children benefit us in one very essential spiritual way.
They model our relationship with God as a heavenly Father. The word in the Greek is "born ones" of God. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion upon those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed; he remembers that we are dust. I find it much easier to come to an omnipotent, omniscient God knowing He is my heavenly Father than to an awesome, majestic God who is simply my Creator.
Do you see the difference? God uses actual relationships that we have on earth to help us understand Him better. He said in verse If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! When we have children, they touch something in us that no one else is able to reach. They cut across an egocentricity, a basic self-centeredness, that is ingrained in all of us. Just think a minute how we willingly get up ten times a night, if necessary, to care for our babies.
How we sacrifice our own comfort to meet the needs of these demanding, helpless little ones who are totally dependent on us. God also uses our love for our children to teach us about His unconditional love for us. Have you ever had a child who strayed and broke your heart? Perhaps your children have disappointed you, rejected everything you stand for, and gone out on their own.
Then they've returned to you. What did you do when they came back? Did you say, "I no longer want anything to do with you? Of course you did.
My ability to forgive and love my children demonstrates how God's love for me never ends. If I, with all my capricious instability, can keep on loving children who are sometimes unworthy and ungrateful, how much more is God's love absolutely certain? There is something about having children that helps us understand the fatherhood of God in an incomparable way. To Have or Not to Have?
Now here's a question worth considering: If children are a blessing from God and are so important to our understanding of Him, do we believers have the right to decide never to have children? Why would a couple make a decision like that?
I think that there are two basic reasons for choosing to remain childless. The first is, quite honestly, selfishness. We won't be able to travel. We won't have time to do things together. We won't be able to afford our lifestyle. I'm sure you've heard people say, "Why bring children into this terrible world? In essence, it is a refusal to believe that God has the ability to keep His children for Himself, even in this depraved society.
Believing that does take a lot of faith. And seeing it happen requires a lot of consistency, patience, and commitment on the part of the parents. As we've noted before, there are three reasons for sexual intercourse, besides consummating the one-flesh relationship. They are reproduction, pleasure, and the prevention of immorality. You do not have the option to decide which reasons you like and which reasons you don't. You can't say, "Well, I love the pleasure, and I'm glad it prevents immorality, but I don't want children.
You can't decide what to eliminate. What about conception control—is that wrong for a believer? You'll notice I said "conception control. We really want to control conception, not birth. And we need to ask ourselves, is that an option for a Christian? There are two extremes with regard to this. There is one position stating that if you believe in the sovereignty of God then you will do nothing to prevent having children. Then there is the point of view which we just considered, opting for no children at all.
But what about family planning? He said something that really helped me. He suggested, "If the intent of the marriage is to have children ultimately, there is nothing wrong with planning. This gives them ample time to fully enjoy each other before they have to be involved with the concerns of pregnancy, preparations for a baby, and childbirth. Unfortunately, Fred and I had our first son just ten months after our wedding.
It made our marital adjustments very difficult. All of a sudden I was transformed from a romantic partner into a sickly creature who was throwing up all day long. It was a miserable pregnancy, and it really did take the fun out of our relationship.
I know there are some books and teachers who maintain that we must trust God with our family planning because He is sovereign, and that is true. But I don't see any problems with taking advantage of advances in medical technology. You are free to disagree, but I would like to say that if conception control is used, the method should be carefully considered.
Of course the IUD is not really birth control, it's really a form of abortion because it prevents the implantation of the already-fertilized egg.
Besides, IUDs have been largely discredited. Some have produced infections and sterility. Many experts aren't convinced that "the pill" is safe. It can cause many side effects, especially if you have other health considerations.
I have a problem from a health standpoint with a method that interrupts the normal activity of a woman's entire endocrine system. Vasectomy and tubal ligation are very final and deserve extensive prayer before a decision is made. One day a woman named Trish and I talked about this issue. She had been married before, and her ex-husband hadn't wanted children.
She'd had some female surgery, and in the process had elected to have her tubes tied. Not many years later, her marriage dissolved.
Bible Verses About Parents, Children, Mothers & Fathers
But it's expensive, and there's no guarantee it will work. I'm thirty-five, too, and I'm not sure whether it's too late for me. But sometimes I just sit and look at Tom and dream about 'our baby. I know he feels the same way. I just wish I hadn't made such a final decision in the first place. If God overrules and gives you a child, then say, "Thank you, Lord. And we can't be angry with Him if things don't quite go our way. Our fifth child was unplanned. I was thirty-nine when David was born.
In fact, I had already been thinking about how much freedom I was going to have when my four oldest were in school! But David has been such a joy and delight, it would be awful to think of life without him. We just have to let God be God. Guiding, Guarding, Giving Love And what parental responsibilities do we have? The ones God has given us are not optional. We have the absolute obligation to provide for our children. This includes home, food, clothing, education, security, strength, and love.
We need to remember that children are small, dependent, and helpless. They must have external strength to fall back on so they can relax and feel safe. They get that strength, almost in total, from their father and from their mother.
This requires your physical presence. A child's needs are not programmed to fit into your office hours. You can't say, "I'll meet your needs from four to five o'clock, but I'm busy before and after. Christian parents must both model it and teach it. Please do not leave that to the Sunday school or the Christian school alone, no matter how qualified they seem to be. And, may I point out, the very first thing children need to learn is to honor their parents—and that means obey them.
Because it also teaches them to obey God. We are also to provide our sons and daughters with protection. It is not enough for us simply to watch them all the time.
We have to prepare them to be on guard themselves. Teach them to look both ways when they cross the street. Teach them why knives and matches are deadly.
And teach them that there are bad people who do terrible things to children. You've got to tell them that there are parts of their bodies that nobody should touch—nobody, including father, uncle, or brother.
Tell them to tell you if anyone tries to do it. In Dallas it is estimated that one out of six stepfathers and one out of forty fathers molest their daughters. That's not to mention all the offending brothers and uncles and friends and grandfathers. Sad to say, in some cases mothers actually molest their sons. We need to give our boys and girls physical, emotional, and intellectual protection.
That comes through instruction, and we have to be there for their spiritual instruction. When the kids had a temperature or were teething she just had to figure it out on her own, but, then again, nobody could look at her and tell her that she was doing it all wrong.
And sure, she got us into epidurals, but she had the mother of all heartache, too. Her sons were involved in the first homicide without Nintendo and violence on TV to blame it on. She was the first mom to have to bury her child. God made a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. This led Sarah to the logical conclusion that she would be the mother of many nations. She gave her handmaiden Hagar as her maternal stunt double. This resulted in a child but not the child.
When the messenger of the Lord told Abraham that it really would be Sarah that was going to deliver the promised baby, Sarah overheard, laughed, and promptly got in trouble for it. But if you were her age you would laugh, too, just thinking about how the breast-feeding would be easy now that she could just lay Isaac on her lap to do it. Sarah is a sister who could laugh at her late start with motherhood knowing that good things come to those who wait.
It says it plain in Scripture that Isaac loved Esau because he was an outdoors-man but Rebekah loved Jacob. This kind of favoritism does not bode well for a family. When the lines are drawn and it is obvious who is thick with whom, life can get very messy. Turns out that this family rift lasted for a long time. Rebekah reminds us that it is a dangerous thing to use maternal power for manipulation. Their illicit affair resulted in the birth of a son. David tried for some damage control by sending her husband out to war, back to the house hoping for a copulating cover-up, and then out to the frontlines to get killed.
And we think we have seriously evil plots in our current movies. Nathan confronted him and David repented bitterly.
But we never really hear how it all affected Bathsheba. However, a son was born from their union and Solomon turned out to be a peaceable ruler whose wisdom was legendary. You never know, you might just have the wisest person ever on the planet staring back at you from that high chair. You just have to give it up for her and the midwives who, in their act of civil disobedience, allowed Moses to be born.