What does the Bible say about? The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
Parenting has got to be one of the most challenging and sometimes very painful jobs e. I read an article from a blogger today that I found tough to read. It hit home for me a little bit because it reminded me of when my daughter, Hannah, abruptly left our home.
The secular world we live in today promotes rebellion. People want to be the god of their own lives. Scripture equates rebellion to witchcraft.
I personally experienced this growing up a few times and I can testify that this was an effective method of getting my ear focused on what my Dad was trying to say. My Dad had six children, five of us were boys and this was one of his favored techniques. By the time they were older, they habitually listened to verbal directions.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to your mercy remember you me for your goodness' sake, O LORD. Psalm O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. Psalm ,16 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out….
Children, like adults, may become angry, embittered and even discouraged depending on how they are treated. Two scriptures in the New Testament explain how children can be provoked to anger by their parents. Ephesians Ephesians And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The Scriptures clearly teach us that parents are responsible to train and correct their children Proverbs Proverbs He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him betimes.
While that is the main application of the parable, the father of the prodigal also provides some valuable lessons for parents. So in this message I want to look at the parable from the standpoint of what we can learn as parents, especially focusing on parents whose children have rebelled. There is probably nothing more painful for Christian parents than to have one of our children rebel against the Lord and against us.