An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The No-Account Curse

(Pro 20:20 KJV)  Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

How do you “curse” (7043) someone?  My first thought was actual, active cursing, you know, the four letter word kind.  It turns out that this Hebrew word has a different spin.  The first part of the definition that shows up is “to be slight, be swift, be trifling, be of little account, be light.”  When you curse someone this way you let them know that they are of no significance. 

The focus here is on our parents.  Have you been a source of pride or an embarrassment?  Have you refused to follow their lead?  There is a verse that parents like to quote.
(Col 3:20 KJV)  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
At another place Paul adds a qualification.
(Eph 6:1 KJV)  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
If you have been blessed with godly parents then make sure you are not a curse to them.  If your parents have left a lot to be desired then more responsibility falls on you to discern what they have passed on that is godly and at least honor that.

So?  It is never too late to be a blessing to your parents, even if it is just to their memory.  It is also a good day to be the kind of parent that builds godly children.  It is a long, daily task.  Get started.

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