Yesterday, the Doyles did some spring cleaning. We moved in to our house nearly 2 years ago, and basically kept much of everything in the boxes untouched. So we dragged everything out, reorganized, and went through many of them. We hauled off load after load of garbage to the dumpster, and began setting things aside to sell or give away. It was long overdue! The children were a big help. they worked like the young men we're raising them to be. They marveled at the many rediscovered treasures we found, and were excited that they were getting a little area of the garage for themselves as a play zone. Yet one little item caught our 4 year old's attention: a green, leather-bound pocket bible that had been once handed out by the Gideons. "This is my new Bible" he proclaimed, and it has not really left his side since. Last night, he even had my wife reads it to him before bed.
This morning, we got everyone up early, as we're currently down to one car, and got everyone together for church. Before he ate breakfast, however, the 4 year old came out in his bathrobe, bible in hand, and asked "Daddy, can you read this to me?" The page he had picked out spoke of Jesus' dedication to marriage and family, and with my youngest in my lap, reading this aloud, I was hit hard by the words read. Jesus values a family to act as God intended. A husband and wife being faithful to one another, fighting for their marriage, and children freely coming to Him. This is what we, too should fight for. We should seek to raise our kids in the fear and discipline of the Lord. My wife and I are doing our best to follow this mandate, and our kids love Jesus! Not because they're afraid not to, but because they are shown His love, grace and mercies by their parents. They seek His word independently (and with some help), and follow Him. So please, read the word with and to them. Engage them, and with them as they learn and grow. Encourage them to walk in His will and by His word.
And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.
And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.