Hello there! I hope your resumption to work from the Easter holiday has been smooth and you are having a great time at work. If you are not then something is wrong! Don’t say I didn’t tell you..!
All the same, this week I will be continuing on the mini-series that started last week on Parenthood. There is a scripture I encountered just yesterday during a ladies program in church, Titus 2:4. It talks about the young women learning from and being taught by the elderly women “how to love their husbands and children”. This scripture just jumped into my face, LOL and reinforced my search for knowledge on this. It taught me that if am willing and interested I could learn how women are to love their husbands and how I can love my own husband specifically and how children ought to be loved and how I can love my children specifically.
Today, I will be sharing how a mother loved her son in the scriptures. He was the only beloved in the sight of his mother. The story is in Proverbs 31:1-9 KJV.
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“The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
This was Solomon’s writing of the “prophecy” his mother taught him. In Proverbs 30, he describes more of this prophecy as it says in the first verse “the words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy” and we understand from Proverbs 1:1 – the proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel – that the whole book of Proverbs is Solomon’s. Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries says the name Agur was Solomon’s fanciful name which means (gathered, received among the sages) and Jakeh is also another of his name, a symbolical one which the dictionary says is from an unused root probably meaning to obey, being obedient. Also, Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries says the word used as prophecy there is the Hebrew word mas-saw’ meaning burden, specifically a tribute and figuratively an utterance chiefly of doom which could be done in a song.
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We can surmise that what Solomon was referring to were wise utterances from the mother which could lead to doom if not adhered to as we read in Proverbs 31:1-9 above. From this wise mother who decided to teach her son came words as “every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar”. She taught him (the son of her vows, her beloved son) how to be a king. Not to give his strength to that which destroys kings – women and drinking. She taught him that strong drinks were for those that were perishing and that were of heavy hearts not for kings lest they forget the law and pervert the justice of the afflicted. And women, she said could destroy kings and Proverbs 5:8-11 says “Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed”.
She taught him to learn to speak for those who couldn’t help themselves, to open his mouth and judge righteously and to plead the cause of the poor and needy that have no one to help. This is probably why the first thing he asked for as a king was a heart of understanding to be able to judge the people of God and it was because the mother “sang” this to him.
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Again, before the fathers say this is just for mothers here is what Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:1-4. “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.”
There is a need to teach our children, this is one way to love them and bring them up in the fear of the Lord. We are not to abandon them to the schools they attend no matter the rating of the school and definitely not the internet to explore and experiment in ignorance. And as my Pastor says, they are to be trained as children not teenagers because scripture says “train up a child” not train up a teenager. Start as early as you see them begin to misbehave. If we don’t neglect this duty of teaching them the way to go which scripture says they will not depart from as they grow up then we would have solved a lot of teenage issues in their lives before they get there. I pray for teaching grace upon every parent and would-be parent like myself in Jesus name. Amen!
Have a nice day and God bless you!
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