“Mom, you won’t believe what Lee did today on the playground!”
Whenever I hear something like that, I pause, even if JUST for a teeny, tiny moment…
“We were standing at the edge of the playground, and I was pumping my fist to get trucks to honk their horns, and I realized that Lee was sticking up his middle finger at the cars as they went by!”
Of course, he gave many more details than I needed. I concluded the conversation with the sage advice, “Maybe you should choose to play with someone else besides Lee for awhile.”
Fast forward about a month — “Mom, you won’t believe what Daniel told the teacher about me!” — Sigh.
“He said that I do the same thing as Lee on the playground!”
Well, you stopped playing with him, right?
“No… he’s my friend.”
Sadly, it took my son being called the “N” word and being physically hurt before he realized that he should have listened to his mom in the first place. I reminded my son of this: parents don’t tell kids stuff to make them miserable: parents make rules to keep kids safe and out of trouble.
A Message from Mother to Son
- The Subject is —“The sayings (or words) of King Lemuel…”
- The Main “Characters” are: King Lemuel (Solomon) and his mother (Bathsheba)
- The “words” are described as: an oracle, a teaching, a prophecy, a vision, a prophetic revelation, a message, an utterance, strong advice, a declaration or solemn words
… depending on the translation or version of the Bible used. [I find it helpful to sometimes look at several versions, because it helps me get at the original intent of the word choice (in Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek) in a way that reading only one version would. It also helps me see places where there are differences in opinion on the meaning. For example, the words teaching, solemn words, declaration and strong advice sound parental, while the words oracle, prophecy, vision, revelation, message and utterance convey that the words ultimately come from God.]
- the words were the inspired words of God, as given to Bathsheba;
- they reflected her wisdom, or her own (bad) experiences (the word “prophecy” often being used to describe any sage advice);
- the predictions were those of a son’s mother, who sees his inclinations and knows where they will lead, if unchecked.
- The purpose of the words is: Teaching, discipline, instruction…
What does this mean for our Christian homeschool instruction? Read on, in “Three Aspects to a Mother’s Instruction.”
[This post was submitted to the “No Rules” Blog Hop and this great blog carnival:]
- Becoming a Leader: 10 Things Bathsheba Taught Solomon (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- I Want to Be a Proverbs 31 Woman… (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- The April 2013 Edition of the Christian Carnival is Here! (bugsandstuff.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 31 for moms (jennyfellows.wordpress.com)
- “What should we learn from the life of Solomon?” (altruistico.wordpress.com)