How to Lead a Family Altar
Parenting is difficult at times! At one bookstore I counted 54 titles on marriage and family with 18 on how to raise kids... many didn't even agree!
One great authority on life Mark Twain had an interesting insight on parenting. Consider this advice in those exasperating moments all of us as parents share. Twain's philosophy was: when a kid turns 13, stick him in a barrel, nail the lid on top and feed him through the knothole. When he turns 16, plug up the hole! Enough of human options.
Stages of God's Work In Dad's
Look with me at Ps. 127-28, Stages of God's work in growing Dads.
- Psalm 127:1-2 Lay a Godly foundation
- Psalm 127:3-5 Trust God for blessed fruitfulness
- Psalm 128:1-4 Enjoy a happy family life
- Psalm 127:5-6 Reap the joys of a satisfying family in old age
I think it is fascinating to dig out and study what God recorded in a three thousand year old Hebrew manuscript from the Jewish Wisdom Literature called the Kethubim, known to us today as the Proverbs of King Solomon.
Neglecting Parenting Means a Disobedient Child
If we have a disobedient child, Proverbs says he will be:
EFFECT #1 = A GRIEF TO HIS MOTHER: Proverbs 10:1 "A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother." Proverbs 17:25 "A foolish son [is] a bitterness to her that bare him." (KJV)
EFFECT #2 = A REBEL TO HIS FATHER: Proverbs 15:5 "A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent." (KJV)
EFFECT #3 = A SORROW TO HIS FATHER: Proverbs 17:21-25 "He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. 25 A foolish son [is] a grief to his father." (KJV)
EFFECT #4 = A DISASTER TO HIS FATHER: Proverbs 19:13 "A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father" (KJV)
EFFECT #5 = A DISGRACE TO HIS PARENTS: Proverbs 19:26 "He that wasteth [his] father, [and] chaseth away [his] mother, [is] a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach." (KJV)
EFFECT #6 = A USER OF HIS PARENTS: Proverbs 28:24 "Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, [It is] no transgression; the same [is] the companion of a destroyer." (KJV)
Do we want to have shame on your hands? Do we want to have a disaster on our hands? Just don't do anything, and that's what we'll have.
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