Children
CHILDREN

CHILDREN

--Includes pregnancy, the "right to life", childbirth, raising & training children

 

1. Pregnancy:

A. Children are a blessing from God:

                Psa.127:3                Children are an heritage of the Lord: & the fruit of the womb is His reward

                Gen.49:25               God...shall bless thee with blessings of...the womb

                Psa.113:9                He maketh the barren woman to keep house, & to be a joyful mother of children

                Psa.127:4,5             As arrows...so are children...Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them

                Psa.128:1,3             Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine

                Pro.17:6  Children's children are the crown of old men

                1Tim.5:14               I will therefore that...women marry, bear children

                (See also Gen.30:1; Deut.33:24; 1Sam.1:1-18; Lk.1:42.)

B. People do their part, but conception is still God's doing:

                Gen.25:21               Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren...& Rebekah his wife conceived

                Gen.30:22,23          God remembered Rachel...& opened her womb. And she conceived, & bare a son

                1Sam.1:27               For this child I prayed; & the Lord hath given me

                Heb.2:13 Behold I & the children which God hath given me

                Lk.1:7,13 Thy prayer is heard; & thy wife...shall bear thee a son

                (See also Gen.29:31; 33:5; Judg.13:3; Psa.115:14.)

C. God is the One Who blesses women with pregnancy:

                Gen.4:1   Adam knew Eve...& she conceived, & bare Cain, & said, I have gotten a man from the Lord

                Gen.4:25 Adam knew his wife again; & she bare a son...God, said she, hath appointed me another seed

                Ruth 4:13               When (Boaz) went in unto (Ruth), the Lord gave her conception, & she bare a son

                (See also 1Sam.1:19,20)

D. It is God Who keeps some women from having children:

                1Sam.1:5 But the Lord had shut up (Hannah's) womb

                (See also Gen.30:1,2)

E. In the Bible, it was considered a reproach not to have children:

                (See Gen.20:17,18; 2Sam.6:23; Jer.22:30. )

 

2. The Lord's hand on children before birth:

A. God forms children in the womb:

                Job 31:15                Did not He that made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?

                Job 33:4  The Spirit of God hath made me, &...given me life

                Psa.71:5,6               By Thee I have been holden up from the womb

                Psa.139:14-16        I am wonderfully made...in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned

                (See also Isa.44:24a)

B. It is God Who gives life & a soul to unborn children:

                Job 33:4  The breath of the Almighty hath given me life

                Gen.2:7   God...breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; & man became a living soul

                Acts 17:25b           He giveth to all life, & breath

C. His care of children in the womb:

                Psa.139:13              Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb

                Isa.40:11 He...shall gently lead those that are with young

D. God loves & knows children, even before birth:

                Psa.22:10                I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art my God from my mother's belly

                Isa.49:1   The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the (womb) hath He made mention of my name

                Jer.1:5     Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; before thou camest out of the womb I sanctified thee

                Lk.1:13    [Angel said:] Thy wife...shall bear thee a son, & thou shalt call his name John

 

3. The Bible on "the right to life":

A. Abortion is murder & infanticide:

                Psa.106:38              Shed innocent blood...of their sons & daughters

                Deut.27:25             Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent

                Jer.2:34,35              In thy skirts is found the blood...of poor innocents

                Acts 7:19               They cast out their young (literally: "newly-born or unborn") children, to the end they might not live

                2Tim.3:1-3              In the last days...men [& women] shall be lovers of their selves...without natural affection (love)

B. Don't worry about overpopulating the earth:

                Gen.1:28 Be fruitful, & multiply, & replenish the earth

                Jam.5:8b For the coming of the Lord draweth nigh

C. God promises to take care of believers' children:

                Psa.37:25                I have been young & now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread

                Pro.11:21b              The seed of the righteous shall be delivered

                Isa.65:23b              They are the seed of the blessed...& their offspring

                (See also Psa.25:12,13; 102:28; 112:1,2; Pro.14:26; Phi.4:19.)

 

4. Childbirth:

A. God's people often blessed with easy childbirth:

                Exo.1:19  The Hebrew women are...lively, & are delivered ere (before) the midwives come

                Isa.66:7   Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a child

B. God can help in the delivery:

                Psa.22:9a                Thou art He that took me out of the womb

                Psa.71:6  Thou art He that took me out of my mother's bowels

                Isa.46:3   (They) are borne by Me from the belly...from the womb

C. Promises to claim during long labour:

                Isa.65:23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed

                Isa.66:9   Shall I bring to the birth, & not cause to bring forth? shall I cause to bring forth, & shut the womb?

                Jn.16:21  As soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born

                Heb.11:11               Through faith Sara...was delivered of a child...because she judged Him faithful Who had promised

D. Promises for strength:

                Isa.40:29-31           He giveth power to the faint; & to them that have no might He increaseth strength...renew their strength

                Isa.41:10 Be not dismayed...I will strengthen thee

E. Conditions for claiming God's promises:

                Dan.6:16b              God Whom thou servest continually, will deliver thee

                1Tim.2:15               She shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith & charity (love)

 

5. Teaching & training your children:

                Judg.13:8               Teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born

A. God's care of young children:

                Mat.18:10               In Heaven their angels always behold the face of (God)

                1Cor.7:14                [Even if only one parent is a believer, the children are sanctified by God]

B. Their early training will guide them all through life:

                Pro.22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: & when he is old, he will not depart from it

C. Give the care & training of your children priority:

                Mk.7:27  Let the children first be filled

                3Jn.4       I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth

D. If you neglect them for other things, you'll both suffer:

                Pro.29:15b              A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame

                1Ki.20:40a              As (I) was busy (with other things) here & there, he was gone (See also Mat.23:23b)

E. You should teach your children the Word:

                Deut.6:6,7              These Words...teach them diligently unto thy children

                Deut.11:18-20        Lay up these My Words in your heart & in your soul...& teach them (to) your children

                Isa.38:19b              The father to the children shall make known Thy truth

                Joel 1:3   Tell ye your children...& let your children tell their children, & their children another generation

                Jn.21:15  Lovest thou Me more than these? Feed My lambs

                2Tim.3:15               From a child (infancy) thou hast known the Scriptures

                (See also Deut.31:12,13; Psa.78:1-6; 1Jn.2:13.)

F. Teach your children to trust in God:

                Psa.22:9b               Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts

                Psa.34:11                Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear (reverence) of the Lord

                Psa.78:6,7               Declare them to [your] children: that they might set their hope in God

                Acts 2:39               For the promise is unto you, & to your children

                Heb.2:13 I will put my trust in Him...I & the children

G. Lead them to receive Jesus:

                Mk.10:14                Suffer (allow) the little children to come unto Me

                Gal.4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth...until Christ be formed in you

                1Jn.2:12  I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake

H. God's Word teaches them how to have eternal life:

                Jn.5:39    Search the Scriptures; in them...ye have eternal life

                2Tim.3:15               Scriptures...are able to make thee wise unto salvation

I. Only God can teach life's most important lessons:

                Psa.25:5  Lead me in Thy truth, & teach me: for Thou art...God

                Pro.8:32,33             Hearken unto Me, O ye children...keep My ways. Hear instruction, & be wise, & refuse it not

                Isa.54:13 All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; & great shall be peace of thy children (See also Jn.6:45)

                1Cor.2:13                We speak...words...which the Holy Ghost teacheth

J. Children worshipping with their parents:

                Josh.8:35                ["Little ones" listen to Bible reading with parents]

                2Chr.20:13              [Children included in serious prayer meeting]

                (See also Joel 2:12,15,16)

 

6. Children's obedience & disobedience:

A. Children are to obey their parents:

                Pro.1:8,9 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, &...mother

                Eph.6:1   Children, obey your parents in the Lord: this is right

                Col.3:20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord

B. Children are to honour & reverence their parents:

                Exo.20:12                Honour thy father & mother: that thy days may be long

                Lev.19:3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, & his father

                Eph.6:2   Honour thy father & mother; [this] is the first commandment with promise

                (See also Pro.20:20; 23:22.)

C. The blessing of having obedient, wise children:

                Pro.10:1a                A wise son maketh a glad father

                Pro.13:1a                A wise son heareth his father's instruction

                Pro.23:15,16           Son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice

                Pro.23:24,25           He that begetteth a wise child shall have joy

                Pro.28:7  Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son

                3Jn.4       I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (See also 2Jn.4)

D. The grief of having disobedient, foolish children:

                Pro.17:21                The father of a fool hath no joy

                Pro.17:25                A foolish son is a grief to his father, & bitterness to her that bare him (his mother)

                Pro.19:13                A foolish son is the calamity of his father

                Pro.10:1b                A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother

 

7. Loving instruction balanced with firm discipline:

A. Treat your children gently & in love:

                Lk.1:17    He shall...turn hearts of the fathers to the children

                Eph.6:4a Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath

                Col.3:21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged

                1Thes.2:7               We were gentle...as a nurse cherisheth her children

                Tit.2:4     Teach the young women...to love their childen

B. Patience, mercy & truth are the most effective:

                Eph.6:4b Bring them up in the nurture & admonition of the Lord

                1Thes.2:11             We exhorted & comforted & charged (testified to) every one of you, as a father doth his children

                Rom.2:4  The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance

                Pro.16:6  By mercy & truth iniquity is purged

C. Each child is different; seek God how to train & discipline:

                Judg.13:12             How shall we order the child, & how shall we do?

                (See also Lk.12:47,48)

D. The Scriptural admonition to chastise naughty children:

                Pro.13:24                He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (promptly)

                Pro.19:18                Chasten thy son while there is hope, & let not thy soul spare for his crying

                Pro.22:15                Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him

                Pro.23:13                Withhold not correction from the child

                Pro.29:17                Correct thy son, & he shall give thee rest...delight

E. Responsible Christians required to restrain their children:

                1Tim.3:4 That ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity

                1Tim.3:12b             Ruling their children & their own houses well

                Tit.1:6     Blameless...having faithful children not...unruly

                (See also Gal.4:1,2)

F. When children are not corrected or restrained:

                1Sam.2:22-25,        I will judge his house...because his (Eli's) sons made

                3:13         themselves vile, & he restrained them not

                1Ki.1:1,5,6              His father had not displeased him at any time...saying, "Why hast thou done so?" (See also vs.16-21)

                Pro.29:15b              A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame

                Lk.15:12,13             [Father of the prodigal son gave him his share, & the son then went off & wasted it with riotous living]

G. Such a lack of discipline means a lack of fearing God:

                1Sam.2:29,30          Wherefore kick ye at...Mine offering...& honourest thy sons above Me? (See the reason in 1Sam.2:12-17)

H. Even with right training, some children will go wrong:

                1Sam.8:1-3,5a        [Righteous Samuel's sons became corrupt & covetous]

                Mk.13:12,13           [In the last days, some backslidden children will betray their Christian parents--See also Mat.24:10]

                (See also Pro.2:16-18)

I. Partiality & favouritism cause problems:

                Gen.25:27,28          Isaac loved Esau...but Rebekah loved Jacob [& helped Jacob deceive old father Isaac--Gen.27:1-18]

                Gen.37:3,4              Israel loved Joseph more than all his children...when his brethren saw (it), they hated him

 

8. The growing years:

A. Be considerate of children's limitations:

                Gen.33:12-14          The children are tender (young)...I will lead on softly according as the...children be able to endure

B. Growing up & maturing:

                Isa.28:9   Whom shall he teach knowledge? And...make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned

                Heb.5:14 Strong meat (doctrine) belongeth to them...of full age

C. Becoming a teen, a young adult:

                1Cor.13:11              When I became a man, I put away childish things

                Eph.4:14a               That we henceforth be no more children

                1Cor.14:20              Be not children in understanding: in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men (mature)

D. Teen years: A time of dedication & commitment:

                2Chr.34:1-7            [Josiah, when 16 years old, sought God in earn est, dedicated his life to Him & zealously served Him]

                Eccl.12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth

                1Tim.4:12               Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in conversation, charity, faith

 

9. Children in God's service:

A. Babies & small children touch unbelievers' hearts:

                Exo.2:1-6,10           [Pharaoh's daughter was touched by baby Moses, & she disobeyed Pharaoh's order & saved him--Exo.1:22]

B. Examples of young children serving God:

                1Sam.2:11,18          Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child

                Exo.2:1-8                [Miriam, as a young child, watched out for her baby brother, Moses]

                2Ki.5:1-4 [The "little maid" witnesses to her heathen master about God's power--See also vs.14,15a,17]

                Dan.1:17-20           [The four Hebrew children, full of God's wisdom, counselled king Nebuchadnezzar]

C. Examples of older children & young teens serving God:

                Jer.1:4-9  [Teenage Jeremiah called to proclaim God's Words]

                1Sam.16:1,10-13    [David anointed to be king when just a teen] (See also 16:14-23; 17:32-37,49.)

                Acts 23:12-24        [The apostle Paul's teenage nephew saves his life]

D. Young men serving God in positions of responsibility:

                Acts 16:1-3a          [Paul chose young Timothy to be his helper & travelling companion] (See 1Tim.4:12a)

E. If trained right, children will be a great blessing:

                Psa.127:4,5             As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children...they shall speak (contend) with the enemies

                Isa.8:18   I & the children...are for signs & for wonders

                Mat.18:5 Whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me (See also Mk.9:36,37)

F. God's Spirit can even use small children to lead:

                Isa.11:6b                A little child shall lead them

G. Children proclaiming God's praise:

                Mat.21:15,16          The children crying (out)...& saying, Hosanna! Out of the mouth of babes Thou hast perfected praise

                Neh.12:43               God made them rejoice...the children (also) rejoiced

                Psa.148:12,13         Children: Let them praise the name of the Lord

H. Dedicating your children to God's service:

                1Sam.1:28               I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord

 

10. Becoming like children:

A. You must have the faith of a child to be saved:

                Mat.18:3 Except ye be converted, & become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven

                Mat.18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child...is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

                Mk.10:15                Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein

B. In relation to God, we are children:

                Deut.8:5 As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee

                1Ki.3:7    [King Solomon told God:] I am but a little child

                Psa.103:13              Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him

                Eph.5:1   Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children

                (See also Isa.63:15,16; Mal.3:17; Gal.4:3-7.)

 

 

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