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.
Eunice did not wait until her children were older to teach them 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 their finger as a reminder to do something. God’s Word was to be continually as a 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.
Eunice’s teaching Timothy of the Scriptures 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 in 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 their 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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