Women of the Bible Series
Eunice…A Teaching Mother (II Timothy 3:14-15) – PART 2
II Timothy 3:14-15, “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 Christ Jesus.”
Paul’s advice to Timothy was to stay in the Word. What a glorious testimony, yet an awesome responsibility! Godly parents possess strong faith that is genuine and true, real and sincere. Parents must trust the Lord Jesus Christ and rear their children to trust Christ. They must root their children in the Scripture so that they will know how to walk in Christ day by day.
Eunice did not wait until her child was older to teach him the Bible, but from a child she made them known to him. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 gives parents the command of how they should give their children Scripture at a young age. The Bible commands us to “teach them diligently unto thy children.”
This was to be done in six ways.
1. Thou “shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house.” Perhaps the most basic opportunity is when the entire family sits down together for at least one meal a day.
2. Likewise, we are commanded to talk of God’s words “when thou walkest by the way,” in other words, when we travel.
3. Parents are commanded to teach God’s words “when thou liest down” (bedtime).
4. “when thou risest up” (in the morning). Moses repeatedly refers to God’s Words (plural).
5. God, through Moses, commanded that Israel was to “bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” Perhaps the greater idea is how one will tie a string around one’s finger as a reminder to do something. God’s Word was to be a continuous reminder.
6. Finally, Israel was to “write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Plaques of Scripture were to be placed on the walls and doorways of the homes of godly people.
For the Scripture to get a child’s heart (Deuteronomy 6:6), we must teach it, we must talk of it, and we must write it. In other words, what they see and hear will become a part of them. It takes external teaching to make an internal change. Scripture does something for a child that a parent cannot. Scripture is God breathed and is from God and can transform a child’s life. Timothy had a family who exposed him to the Scriptures from his earliest days. He was blessed to have a family who demonstrated faith in the Lord in their lives. They not only exposed him to the Scriptures, they exposed him to how living examples of the Scripture can inspire human life. Scripture makes a person wise unto salvation. If man needs anything, he needs wisdom…wisdom about how to be saved. It is not enough to learn the Scriptures, or to know that the Scriptures are true. Timothy knew all this. He had learned the Scriptures and had found the Scriptures to be true. The claims and promises of Scripture had worked in his own life. Timothy also knew his teachers; their lives bore testimony to the truth of Scripture. But this was not enough. He too, must repent, believe, and accept Jesus Christ as his Saviour.
Eunice’s teaching of the Scriptures to Timothy played a part in his salvation (II Timothy 3:15). She taught her son by example. It’s clear from Scripture that she carried out her mission with great success, for her son was filled with genuine faith. As a believing mother, Eunice understood the critical nature of this spiritual nurturing. From a child, she taught him about God and the essential truths of God’s Word. She didn’t just speak these truths, she also lived them. We should use every opportunity to teach children the Bible. Encourage children while they’re young to memorize Scriptures, particularly the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is clearly written to young people (Proverbs 1:4). What you put into your child will come out in their adult years. Timothy was a man of God because as a child he was taught the Word of God by his mother. Mothers can impact the lives of their children in countless ways, but the most important way a mother can influence and shape her child’s future is by nurturing his or her spiritual development. All children have the same habit, and that is the tendency to copy (Proverbs 23:26). Be genuine in your love God for God and His Word and your children will copy your actions.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for our children. We can trust You with their lives and ask the strength of Your Holy Spirit to help us lead them to doing Your will. Each child was created on purpose with purpose. We ask You to help us trust You more. Bless our hearts with great faith, daily steps of obedience, and lives full of evident trust in Your love. In Jesus name, Amen.
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