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Raising Children God's Way: (3) Nurture is Disciplined Training

Lesson 3 of 4: audio and written syllabus included.

Topic: Training - How and Why
Format: MP3 - Digitized Verified
Pages: 14
Raising Children God's Way: (1) The Parent’s First Responsibility Raising Children God's Way: (2) Nourish to Maturity Raising Children God's Way: (4) Practical Keys

Session 3: Nurture is Disciplined Training

How Do We Train Children?

God’s Word tells us that foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; it also tells us how to deal with it. The rod of correction will drive it far from him. What is the rod?

The word “rod” comes from the Hebrew word shebet. Biblically, it is used representing walking sticks, a shepherd’s staff, a royal scepter or rod of authority, a diving rod, measuring sticks, threshing sticks, and the rod of correction used in training children. It is also translated tribe, either to signify the branches from one, or the use of a rod as a symbol for a tribe.

When used in the context of children, it denotes a physical instrument used as a tool for correction. It is an instrument of instruction not a weapon for inflicting pain. Its form should fit its function.

Proverbs 29:15

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

The rod and reproof give wisdom. It is not just the rod used alone that does it. The rod of correction needs to be accompanied by verbal reproof as well

Proverbs 13:24

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

The Word of God says if you do not use the rod of correction, you hate your child. The world teaches exactly the opposite.

Isaiah 5:20

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

The use of the rod by a parent, who loves their child enough to correct them, is an act of love

Proverbs 23:13

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

Proverbs 19:18

Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

Chasten again means instruction through disciplined training.

The Admonition of the Lord

Ephesians 6:4

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

“bring them up” – ektrepho

- to raise, or nourish up to maturity “nurture” – paideia -

instruction through disciplined training “admonition” - nouthesia - the warning of the Word