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Let me state the obvious here:
The Bible wasn’t written yesterday.
Millions of us have access to God’s Word in dozens of forms – translations, commentaries, books, church services, small groups, etc. And there are probably millions of websites out there that talk about it, too.
However, when I’m trying to look up something, I feel like I can never find all of what I want to find – except when I’m doing the studying myself. (This is partially due to living outside the USA for years and my main resource only being the internet, but still…)
Over the years (and I’m not done yet), I’ve worked through my big study Bible with focus on the notes below the verses. I started keeping a notebook (now two) and having pages for “topics.” What I discovered was there were myriad more passages concerning certain topics that you wouldn’t find on a normal list.
For example, if I googled “Bible verses about grace,” I’d find many results! But these lists were either created by keywords (i.e., any verse that said the word “grace”) or were, in general, the commonly-known passages concerning God’s grace.
I wanted more!
So, years ago, I began this type of journaling – or rather, collecting of information. I have pages on Obedience, Prayer, Marriage, Parenting, Anxiety, Wisdom, Forgiveness, Discipline, Attitude, Love, Alcohol, Friendship, Fasting and dozens more.
Over time, I’d like to share with you my own discoveries and compilations. Today, here are five passages I’ve run into about parenting with accompanying words of advice (these are the kickers) from my study Bible that aren’t in your typical “parenting” lists.
Five Uncommon Bible Passages About Parenting
1. Deuteronomy 25:1-3
When men have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty. If the guilty man deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make him lie down and have him flogged in his presence with the number of lashes his crime deserves, but he must not give him more than forty lashes. If he is flogged more than that, your brother will be degraded in your eyes.
Note: At first glance these verses appear irrelevant today. But a closer look reveals some important principles about discipline. Are you responsible for the discipline of a child, a student or an employee? Three important points will help you carry out your responsibility: (1) let the punishment follow quickly after the offense; (2) let the degree of punishment reflect the seriousness of the offense; and (3) don’t overdo the punishment. Discipline that is swift, just and restrained makes its point while preserving the dignity of the offender.
2. Psalm 22:30-31
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness
to a people yet unborn —
for he has done it.
Note: Unborn generations are depending on our faithfulness today. As we teach our children about the Lord, so they will teach their children and their children’s children. If we fail to tell our children about the Lord, we may well be breaking the chain of God’s influence in generations to come. We must view our children and all the young people we meet as God’s future leaders. If we are faithful in opportunities today, we may well be affecting the future.
Note 2: If we want our children to serve the Lord, they must hear about him from us. It is not enough to rely on the church or those with more knowledge to provide all their Christian education. We must reinforce the lessons of the Bible in our homes.
3. Titus 2:6
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
Note: This advice given to young men was very important. In ancient Greek society, the role of the husband/father was not viewed as a nurturing role, but merely as a functional one. Many young men today have been raised in families where fathers have neglected their responsibilities to their wives and children. Husbands and fathers who are good examples of Christian living are important role models for young men who need to see how it is done.
4. Numbers 15:30-31
“‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord, and that person must be cut off from his people. Because he has despised the Lord’s word and broken his commands, that person must surely be cut off; his guilt remains on him.'”
Note: God was willing to forgive those who made unintentional errors if they realized their mistakes quickly and corrected them. However, those who defiantly and deliberately sinned received a harsher judgment. Intentional sin grows out of an improper attitude toward God. A child who knowingly disobeys his parents challenges their authority and dares them to respond. Both the act and the attitude have to be dealt with.
5. Joshua 22:26-28
“That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar — but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’ On the contrary, it is to be a witness between us and you and the generations that follow, that we will worship the Lord at his sanctuary with our burnt offerings, sacrifices and fellowship offerings. Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the Lord.’
“And we said, ‘If they ever say this to us, or to our descendants, we will answer: Look at the replica of the Lord’s altar, which our fathers built, not for burnt offerings and sacrifices, but as a witness between us and you.’
Note: …Often we need to be reminded of the faith of our fathers. What actions demonstrate to your children your reliance on God and remind them of what he has done? Take the time to establish family traditions that will help your children remember.
I’m still reading through my Bible this way. I do occasionally take extended breaks to do other Bible studies with groups or for life-altering events like having babies. 🙂 This is a fun long-term project for me that I hope you can benefit from also.
Note: All notes and Bible verses are from the Life Application Study Bible, NIV 1984.
Let me know – is this something you like? Interested in hearing more? Do you have additions to this list or for other “topics”? Comment away!