Reading through Proverbs this week has continued to spark my thoughts regarding Fathers and our role within the family. Proverbs 2 and 3 begin “My son …” and then clear instructions follow regarding behaviour, life focus and relationship with God. As Fathers we set the spiritual atmosphere of our homes. Not just with a set […]
As I have been reading through Genesis in January and February this year I have constantly been struck by how many times the passage referred to “your fathers.” Now we are in March the reading plan has moved into Exodus but again we have references from God in his conversations with Moses about “the God of your fathers”
The word guardian (Greek – paidagogos) is more fully translated as school teachers, tutors or instructors. Specifically those who teach little children.
Paul contrasts this with the role he believed was required … father (Greek – pater).
In urging us to imitate his life Paul is speaking to those who were intimately involved in his life, not as a teacher on a platform but as someone they knew in daily life. He is able to use Timothy because of his “sonship”. Timothy’s real personal knowledge of Paul’s lifestyle not just his teaching.
What legacy do you want your children to have? What deposit or mark are you leaving? Proverbs is a letter or series of letters from a dad to his son. Lessons learned, experiences survived and mistakes made that Solomon (the generally accepted writer of Proverbs) wanted his son to learn or avoid. At some stage Solomon sat down and thought through what to write down as useful advice.