and mind, is to have a child who is free to explore his world while getting to know HisCreator and learn His wisdom in all areas, including academics. By the time Jesus was 12,He knew the academics required of teachers of the Law to the point that even they wereamazed. I have felt that same kind of amazement as I have met some of these very younghomeschooled children and seen wisdom beyond their years and beyond their peers.
2. Jesus Was Filled With Wisdom
I want the same for my children. If I want my children to be filled with wisdom, then I mustbe a mother who is filled with wisdom. If I want to raise a son like Solomon, who prayed for
wisdom more than riches, then I need to be a Solomon’s mother who does the same and
prays for wisdom more than any earthly thing. If I want to raise a Joshua or Caleb who
didn’t listen to the world of disbelief around him, but rather believed in the God of Israel as
his Deliverer, then I must be a mother who believes in the God of Israel as my Deliverer.The very spiritual livelihood of our children and our future generations depends on it.
The Word of God and wisdom should be made available to our children even more than foodis made available all day long. We should be taking every opportunity to preach the goodnews of Jesus Christ and the commandments of God to our children. Nothing is moreimportant than to be preachers of the Gospel
right in our own homes. Here is the food wecan offer them:
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this
bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will
give for the life of the world”
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall befilled” (Matthew 5:6).
3. The Grace of God Was Upon Him
The Greek word for
in Luke 2:40 is
which means “God
) to people because He is
to bless (be near)
God freely extended Himself and His favor toward Jesus as He was growing becauseGod the Father wanted to bless and be near Jesus. It is hard to conceive, but God alsoextends Himself to us and to our children as we grow, because He wants to bless and benear us.
; graciousness . . . especially the divine influence upon the heart,
and its reflection in the life . . . .”
So you see, when our children’s he
arts are divinely
influenced, that influence will be reflected in our children’s lives. Who and what they are
influenced by is reflected in who they are and what they do. In homeschooling our children,we have the blessing of being able to control or negate the bad influences on our childrenand thus control what is reflected in their lives. At the same time, we should become the
conduits of God’s grace as we pour into them a Godly influence that will also be reflected in
the way our children mature and grow in Godliness.
4. Jesus Was Subject to His Parents
Jesus obeyed the laws of God. He kept the Fifth Commandment: “You shall honor yourfather and mother,” and He set the example for us all. Should our children obey because it
makes life easier for us? No. They should learn obedience so that they can be like Christ.