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Being A Dialogue for Children and Parents

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We purpose to devote this article to the youth, especially, to search the Scriptures, with them, which are able to make us wise unto salvation. But we shall also endeavour to construct it to the edification of the parents. We shall pursue our searchings in the manner of a family life in the home between parents and their children. Young James is coming along in years and beginning to observe things. One afternoon, after returning home from school he began conversing with his mother.

Mother! he said, I have heard our minister say, “search the scriptures; (John 5:39), what does he mean by that?

Mother replied, oh—ah—James! please hand me those scissors?

James—Here they are mother! You know, I often wonder what he means by those words.

Mother—Well, I am too busy now, go play with the boys. I must finish this mending before dad comes home.

James—If I help you will you then tell me? I just delight in playing hide and seek games. Can’t I seek the scriptures too?

Mother—Did you finish your school work? Yon had better study up on your problems, or you will fail in the coming examinations. And then the boys will laugh at you.

James—I have completed all my studies, excepting a few problems, which I need dad to help me with. Mother, I also have heard the minister say, “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh,” (Prov. 1:26). What did he mean by those words? Will the minister laugh at me, if I fail? Will he also mock me when I am afraid of the thunder storms and boisterous winds?

Mother—O James, please do not annoy mother, with so many questions. I am too busy. Go out and play.

James—Alright mother, good bye! and James went out into the street, but not to play. He was pondering over those questions he had asked his mother and wondered why she did not answer them.

(Parents, ’tis true that you have many duties to perform daily, and you must pursue them diligently, as unto God; but, remember what is the greatest and most important duty of all. Namely, to search the scriptures daily with your children. Can you not find a little time each day to read, talk and teach your children in the Word of God? Or are you also, too busy in temporal things, as the mother of James is? Indeed your love and care for your children are displayed daily in providing them with nourishment for their bodies. But do you provide them with any spiritual nourishment, which with God’s blessing, will satisfy their souls for eternity? God solemnly requires of us as parents, “to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” in Eph. 6:4. Oh that is too narrow! we can’t save them, that’s God’s work. We tell them and that’s all we can do. And with such thoughts within us, we sit back in ease with our legs and hands crossed, justifying ourselves, with having done our duty. We send them to church, Sunday school, catechism, and we read the Bible at meal times. (Do you friends? At each meal daily three times? Are you gathered at breakfast, where possible, and is the Word read then? We hope so. It should be so. Daniel practised it so.) Are you satisfied with such arguments which have no foundation under them. Then, as parents, we too, neither understand the Scriptures. O, rest assured, then it will never be said of us as it is of the Bereans, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they (the Bereans) received the word with all readiness of mind, and, SEARCHED the SCRIPTURES DAILY”, (Acts 17:11). Then our guilt is with the Jews at Thessalonica, we despise, reject, and forsake the way of God’s command. And therefore, our sins in forsaking this daily searching and thus neglecting the Word of God, we and our children are now so independent, indifferent, and ignorant in the truth and are lacking in sincerity. O what a great blessing God bestowed upon the Bereans, verse 12, “Therefore, (because of their diligence in the daily searching of the Word) many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” Thus, God is pleased to award all who make diligent search of the scriptures DAILY. Parents, this is a constant duty revolving upon us. O may the Lord give us to understand it and bless us with the necessary grace and wisdom to so bring up our children. And reveal to us and our children His promises, in Christ Jesus, by the operations of the Holy Ghost.

But, says one, you are setting us to work out salvation by works. God forbid such error. “Nay but, o man, who art thou that repliest against God?” (Rom. 9:20.) Surely God has appointed His Word as the means of revelation between Himself and sinful man. Can we, then, escape from using these means, as ordained? No! Thus we are bound to these means. Yet by using them, we do not earn salvation, anymore than we keep our bodies alive by eating, drinking and sleeping. God appointed these three things unto man for his natural existence and if not used properly the body must faint and die. But still we do not continue to live by these means alone, but it really is by the power of God preserving life in us. For instance, à person ailing, uses foods regularly but finally death closes over him. Surely not for want of nourishment! And another case is one who is well at meal time but shortly after closes his eyes in death with a full stomach. Surely this person did not die for want of food! So it really is God who has the power and preserves life. Thus it is with the means of God’s Word. No one must think because they study and search the scriptures daily that they earn salvation thereby. Indeed not! In addition to our DAILY SEARCHING the SCRIPTURES, as God solemnly requires of us and our children, we need the Power of God to accompany His Word. For without that unction of God we are living but dead spiritually, studying but not understanding. And even in the midst of using these appointed means daily, if we lack that Power of God, then, we too, will die in our sins, and the Word will prove to be a savour of death unto death, unto us.

Such are the teachings contained in the Holy Scriptures which we shall endeavour to search out (D.V.). They contain Wisdom itself, namely Jesus Christ, whom God has appointed and ordained as the One and only Way of salvation whereby man can be saved. May the Lord enable us to search them, as parents and children, in this form of a dialogue, to the glory of His Name and the blessed enjoyment of salvation to our souls by the free sovereign grace of Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That we may be enabled to testify from our hearts with the Psalmist David in Psalm 19:7-11. “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple: The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes: The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

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