True Wisdom for the Ages: Biblical Precepts for Parents

March 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

   When God presented the Ten Commandments to Moses, with the instruction to share them with the Israelites, He made very clear the importance of also passing them along to future generations (Deuteronomy 6:6-9):

“And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets* between your eyes.  And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” 

Here, the Lord places an unequivocal emphasis on making the Word the cornerstone of our lives, and on finding ways to remind ourselves constantly of God’s faithfulness to us and our resultant commitment to walk the narrow path of righteousness, with Him as our trail guide.  Children thus surrounded by examples of applying godly directives to daily life are less prone to moral confusion as adults.

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*A frontlet is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as, “An ornament or band worn on the forehead as a phylactery,” and phylactery is further defined as, “Either of two small square leather boxes containing slips inscribed with scriptural passages and traditionally worn on the left arm and on the head.” 

This concept throws light on the modern-day custom of sporting religious bumper stickers or wearing a cross around one’s neck, and underscores the need for these symbols of Christian witness not to be abused, as public exhibits of false piety, or taken lightly, as mere fashion accessories.

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