The Reading: Proverbs 4:1-9
“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,” (v.1) RSV
As young Christians we need instruction. Feelings are not sufficient. Sound teaching will lead to sound living. Without it, we will be blown around by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians. 4:14).
When Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and through the Red (Reed) Sea to freedom, he had only begun the process. Their ‘baptism’ through the Sea was followed by a short journey to Mount Sinai. Once they arrived, Moses went up the mountain and there received the Ten Commandments. He eventually came down carrying two tablets of stone and proceeded to teach God’s people how they were, from then on, to behave.
Similarly, the newly baptised Christian or the person who has recently come to faith must be instructed as to what God now expects of them. Furthermore, and perhaps even more importantly, they need to know more clearly and fully what God has done for them and what are his promises.
The book of Proverbs has much practical teaching and wisdom. Our reading this week from chapter 4 is one of many passages that promote the need to be instructed. “Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,” (v.1).
Paul described himself as a father to the Corinthians: “I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel”
(1 Corinthians. 4:15). Paul cared for his churches and he spent much time writing letters to them and instructing them.
People who are young in the faith must look out for instruction. They need to find a good church where, through preaching, fellowship and home groups, they find help. Or else, they need to search websites, book shops, and other sources to find similar help. But especially, they need to read the Bible for themselves. The book is rich in godly instruction. “Get wisdom, get insight” (v.5).
Thank you Lord for those who teach. Help me to be willing to learn, and give me a teachable heart. Amen.
1 What was Paul’s attitude to new Christians?
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
2 What are the benefits of the Bible?
1 Timothy 3:16-17