"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou
shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou
sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and
when thou risest up." Deut. 6:6,7.
6. What is the value of proper early instruction?
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not
depart from it." Prov. 22:6.
NOTE.-No man ever said that he began the service of God too young. No parent ever
regretted bringing up his children to love, fear, honor, and obey God;
7. How early were the Scriptures taught to Timothy?
"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." 2 Tim.
NOTE.-Timothy's father was a Greek, and his mother a Jewess. From a child he had been
taught the Scriptures. The faith of his mother and of his grandmother in the Word of God
had early been implanted in him through their faithful instruction. 2 Tim. 1:5. The piety
which he saw in his home life had a molding influence upon his own life. This, with his
knowledge of the Scriptures, qualified him to bear responsibilities and to render faithful
service later in the cause of Christ. His home instructors had cooperated with God in
preparing him for a life of usefulness. Thus it should be in every home.
8. Why did God confide in Abraham, and commit sacred trusts to him?
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him,
and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment." Gen. 18:19.
9. Wherever Abraham went, what was his practice?
"And there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the
Lord." Gen. 12:8. See also Gen. 13:4; 21:33.
NOTE.-"The manner in which the family worship is conducted is very important. It
should be made so pleasant as to be looked forward to with gladness even by the youngest
children. Too often it is made tedious, monotonous, or burdensome. . . . To make it dull
and irksome is treason to true religion. . . . A few minutes given every day to
preparation for family worship will serve to make it, as it should be, the most pleasant
and attractive incident of the day."- "Week-Day Religion," by J. R.
Miller, D. D., pages 81-83.