Hear the Instruction of Thy Father, and Forsake Not the Law of Your Mother

By Rev. Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Mountains and Magnolias:

Yesterday I wrote something for the local paper (we will see if it actually runs) that talked a short bit about the difference between seeking out counselors that confirm already held beliefs about ourselves and the world around us and instead that we should be wisely resting in the guidance provided previously by God Himself in the Holy Scriptures. This week has begun as a completely new chapter in the life of our family, especially for my sainted wife and kids, as we began the process of homeschooling our children. As part of that new chapter we have started having family worship in the morning as well as in the evening. Through prayer and study it was decided that the book that would receive the first focus in this early devotion was the book of Proverbs. Now Solomon, before he violated most of the principles he lays down in this work, and confesses that sin in the following material found in Ecclesiastes, writes Proverbs for his son and the opening chapter expresses a basic truth for all Christians, that it is unwise to allow ungodly relations and friends to lead you into sin and the misery that follows. In verses 7-10 Solomon writes:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

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