Sunday, March 05, 2017

Why Bible Study For Moms Is Important

Bible study for moms is important. Moms are often the primary caregivers of our young children and we should be steeping them in the word of God. We cannot do this if we ourselves are not drinking daily and deeply from the well of the Bible, God's word.

Most moms would agree that it is important that our children learn to read, add and communicate clearly with others. But what will all that matter if our children do not come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ? If we keep our perspective eternal, we will not forget the importance of biblical teaching for our children.

In ancient Hebrew culture (in contrast to Greco-Roman culture where young boys were often sent away for training), the primary responsibility for training young children in knowledge of the Scriptures was with the mother. As a young boy neared the teen years, that responsibility was usually handed off to the father. 

So mothers learned to make the most of the time with their young children. No matter what other jobs and responsibilities they have, mothers had the crucial ministry of teaching their children to love the Lord. They provided a solid foundation for the faith of their children. As Paul writes of his younger companion, Timothy,
“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5) we are reminded of the importance of mothers.

God's word makes it clear elsewhere  that the primary responsibility for educating children rests with parents. In the Old Testament, we read, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Matthew Henry, in his commentary of 2 Timothy 3:16, states:
It is a great happiness to know the holy Scriptures from our childhood; and children should betimes get the knowledge of the Scriptures. The age of children is the learning age; and those who would get true learning must get it out of the Scriptures.

Not just for ourselves but for future generations, let us resolve to study our Bibles each day!

Reprinted from my Encourager Mom website:

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