Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Teaching Children the Law
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 19:7 says, "The law of the LORD
Grace to you.
to bring us
be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Paul teaches that we are all under sin so that by faith the promise of Jesus may be given to all that believe. Before we believe, though, it is the law that acts as our schoolmaster (child tutor), that shows us that we are under sin so that we may turn to God and ask for Jesus.
Thank you, Father, for Your Law which is good. Thanks You more for Your Son who is good.
LORD that converts (turns back) the soul. The testimony of the LORD makes the simple wise. This is why teaching our children the Ten Commandments is important, to convert their souls. This is why teaching the Old Testament stories to our children is important. These stories tell of the testimony of the LORD. All children are simple to begin with. These testimonies give wisdom to our children after they are converted.
The Apostle Paul tells us the same thing. Galatians 3:22-26 speaks:
But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster
Practically, this means that as parents we may use the law to show our children their need for the Savior. When our sons were young, we applied the law by writing up a list of do's and don'ts and showing them what the consequences of crossing those lines would be. We also showed them the Scriptures which supported the rules and consequences.
perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD
sure, making wise the simple." King David tells us that it is the law (Torah) of the
unto Christ, that we might