Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 June 2009 Psalm 78:6‏

Psalm 78:6    That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children.
 
Ah mih Friends, the summer’s begun with three strikes and an out for the ole fella. Strike 1: After putting off a blood test for over a month, I finally fasted the 12 hours, showed up at the lab at 4 p.m, only to be told, no go, cause that particular test required a further session 2 hours later, and they closed at 5. Whoopi dee! Strike 2: In the heat of the moment, hn, I discovered that the A/C in my car wasn’t working. Strike 3: Later, when the evening cooled down and I was ready to go and visit my mother, I was kindly greeted by a flat tire. It was too late to get it fixed, and I didn’t trust the spare. So I said thank you Lord, after muttering some unprintables, and kept my peace, cause for whatever reason, He obviously didn’t want me going out. But enough of my sad story, the problem here again is our children’s poor knowledge of God. Today’s Bit comes from one of Asaph’s contemplative writings, where he declares; ‘I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: which we have heard and known and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children.’ (Ps 78:2-5) Yes my people, once again we’re told that it’s the parents’ responsibility to teach the children about the Lord. Why? ‘That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children. That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.’ (Ps.78:6-7) What can be clearer than that eh Friends? The only way the Word will survive is if it is passed down from generation to generation. So far though, sadly, I believe that our parental generation has done the worse job of all, for the proportion of kids and young adults today who have no inkling of God is extremely high, way too high mih breddren. Granted that many of us were forced to go to church and Sunday school, but if that’s what it takes to get the Word into you, then so be it. I never wanted to go, but I went, sometimes I even had fun, and it eventually served me in good stead. And I’m sure that this entire generation of parents, if they’re honest with themselves would admit the same thing, cause Friends, as I keep reiterating, the Word is the only true foundation on which this earthly life can be built. Anything else is sinking sand and a waste of time. That’s why our children are so lost, confounded, gullible and so easily led astray. And to make matters worse, they have many more things to lead them astray than we had, and much less information and education to resist or fend them off. In that respect, we’ve done our children a very great injustice; not giving them the proper tools to handle the rigours and challenges of this life. In the first place we haven’t taught them obedience and respect like we’re supposed to. A foundation commandment that the Lord laid down was; ‘Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.’ (Ex.20:12) How many children or young adults do that these days eh? Not too many. Why? Because we never taught it to them properly, or if we did, never insisted they obeyed. Some of the language I’ve heard children use to their parents, including f… off, I would never even think it, much less actually say it to my parents, not because I am, or was afraid of the repercussions, but because I was taught to respect my parents, my elders and those in authority. Oh Friends, I know it seems like I’m coming down hard on our parenting efforts, but it’s true, we haven’t done such a great job, else so many youngsters would not be so enamoured of Lucifer’s glitzy, bawdy, cheap, useless playthings, or his sinful, evil habits, or at least they would be making the choice from one of knowledge rather than ignorance. My wife and I often disagreed on some of the things I told my children, but I believe that knowledge truly gives power. The more you know of the world’s wicked ways and catastrophic twists and turns, the better you’ll be able to handle it, to decipher right from wrong and good from bad. That’s necessary at an early age, for Lucifer and his evil agents are targeting children from an earlier age too, making it even more important that we get the Word, that solid foundation, into them asap. Listen to Sol’s wisdom: ‘Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it from him.’ (Prov.22:15) And that’s oh so true my Friends! Children are naturally drawn to dangerous and foolish stuff, and it’s our job to guide and direct them, not abuse, as some of you might gather from Sol’s words. Oh mih people, in this crazy, wicked world, the only true guide for good parenting, in fact for good living, is the everlasting, ever-living, ever-true Word of the Most High God Jehovah! And if we don’t build our lives, and those of our progeny on it, then we’ll not truly live, but merely exist, drifting from one mistake to another, from one unsatisfactory relationship to another. Don’t fool yourselves, but living the life of the rich and famous, which seems to be the in thing now, is fraught with more problems than anything else. It’s mere drifting and existing, because it has no substance, just fleshly good times and lustful pleasure, which at the end of the day gets us nowhere, producing nothing of worth. Yes, it satisfies our flesh. But what about our soul? What about out spiritual satisfaction? Isn’t that important too? Bet yuh bottom dollar it is! And more important than the satisfaction of the flesh too, for the flesh dies, but the spirit lives on eternally, either in Heaven with Jesus, or in Hades with Lucifer. So it’s an individual choice. But we can’t make a sensible choice until, or unless we know both sides of the story. Sadly, that’s what’s happened to this generation; they only know Lucifer’s side, know it too well. On that note, hear Bruh Paul’s advice to his protégé Timothy. ‘But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ.’ (2 Tim.3:14-15) Oh mih people, that’s it in a nutshell right there! Timothy learned the Word from his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. (2 Tim.1:5) That’s why he was able to make wise and right choices. And Bruh Paul strongly advises him to continue living by the Word. So should we my friends, cause it’s the only true way. But we desperately need to teach it to our offspring if we want it to last. So that ‘The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.’ (Ps.102:28) Much LOVE my people!…the best guide book…the Holy Bible…please read and study it carefully…
 

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