“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”
In the first few days, Proverbial Thoughts centered around practical warnings to each of us on how we should handle certain things such as:
The last few days Solomon was talking in verses 12-19 about “the wicked man” and how there are seven things that are an abomination to the Lord.
Today’s “Thought” begins to take the conversation back to a more practical warning to us about the topic of adultery.
Pay Attention To A Father’s Commandment
I have always had a difficult time paying attention. I know that this is not going to surprise anyone that knows me very well. I am very easily sidetracked with things that come my way. I will be in the middle of one project, then something else catches my attention and off I go.
Solomon begins verse 20 the same way he has started several other verses in the book of Proverbs, with a plea – “My son, keep your father’s commandments”. Solomon is telling us to pay attention, or to focus on the Word of God. In a few days, we will be discussing verse 23 and how “the commandment” or the Word of God is a lamp and the teaching of light.
Heard vs. Heeded
If Solomon’s house was anything like mine growing up, then Solomon’s whole family heard the gospel. As a young child, we were always in church (whenever the doors were open – we where there!). My father has been in christian radio for over 40 years and the radio was always playing either christian songs or there was a preacher preaching – so God’s Word was heard.
But God does not want us to just hear the Word! No, He wants us to hear it and then do it! James 1:22 tells us,
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Solomon is telling his son, you know the commandments of God’s Word – now KEEP THEM!
A Mother’s Teaching
The first President of the United States of America, George Washington, had this to say about his mother:
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
Just about all of us can look back when we were younger and hear our mother giving us advice on how to do this or that. I can still hear my mother telling me that “you better be careful” or “I’m not so sure I would do it that way”.
Solomon is telling us in verse 20 to not only keep your father’s commandments but don’t stray away from what your mother taught you when you were younger!
In today’s society, we need more fathers and mothers to sit down with their children and simply say – pay attention to what I am teaching you from God’s Word! Listen to what we have to say and it will benefit you greatly!
Lord, please help me to be a father that is in your Word. To be a father that is willing to take the next step and apply it to my life and then teach it to my daughter. Lord, use us to teach the next generation about you!