“ The Instruction of a Father ”
A) Listen children
- Proverbs 4:1 …¶ Hear, ye children,
- Today, children do not listen. Many times they ignore or don’t pay attention to anything that anyone tries to tell them.
- We need to discipline them and teach them to pay attention.
B) The instruction of a father
- 1b)…the instruction of a father,
- Children today will listen to anyone else but not their father.
- But in reality, many father today I wouldn’t listen to their advise.
C) Attend (listen to) to know understanding
- 1c)…and attend to know understanding.
- Children today are seeking playtime, fun and enjoyment… not understanding.
- Children lack understanding.
I. A Good Father is a “Compass”
A) Gives good direction
- Good direction is “Good Doctrine” In verse 2)… For I give you good doctrine,
- Last Wednesday evening in church we asked “what does doctrine mean?”
- Answer: Religious teaching
B) What is “good doctrine?”
- The Doctrine written in the King James Bible!
- There is one God and He is a male.
- The trinity God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus was born of a virgin.
- A marriage constitutes a woman and a man uniting.
C) The purpose of a compass
- To direct you in the right paths
- Proverbs 3:6… In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
- A father must direct his children in the right paths… what do we mean by “right path?”
- How to talk right (without cursing)
- The right and wrong places to go.
- How to act or react in situations.
- How to love and be loved.
- How to respect people.
II. A Good Father is a Magnifying Glass
A) He makes things more clear
- When you find print too small to read you use a magnifying glass to make it larger so that you can read and understand what you are reading.
- A Father needs to help his family to see things clearly.
- I believe it is best when correcting your children… a father should spank them, scold them, or punish them in other ways…THEN, tell them WHY you are punishing them.
- Many children get hit, or punished and know not why. This is sad.
B) He magnifies the Lord
- To “magnify” has two meanings… 1) to praise the Lord or magnify his Holy name, 2) to enlarge or make bigger.
- A father that will praise the Lord will also teach his family to do the same.
III. A Father is a Whistle
A) A whistle warns
- A father must warn his children of what God will do if they chose to take the wrong path.
- A father warns his children of things that can hurt them.
B) A whistle gets others attention
- Fathers need to be strong enough to keep his children’s attention.
- There are times to be tough, and times to be soft.
- To get someone’s attention you must be strong and loud.
IV. A Father is a Thermometer
A) What is the purpose of a thermometer?
- It measures heat and cold. How hot is it, or how cold is it.
- A father must also know when things are too hot for his children.
- When something is wrong and they are in danger of being ruined.
- When they are playing with fire (falling into sin) and are going to get burned (Punished by God)
- A father must also know when things are getting too cold…
- When his family is getting cold for Godly things.
- When his children’s attitude is cold towards others
- When their heart is cold towards God
IV. Forsake not my Law
A) What law?
- In the last part of verse 2 is says… forsake ye not my law.
- “The law” that Solomon is talking about is the Law that he raised his children on… God’s Law written in “The Bible”
- Fathers today need to teach their children God’s Law, and God’s ways.
B) Keep the Law and Live
- Lastly in verse 4) He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
- Fathers need to teach their children to keep God’s Law and they will live longer on the earth.
- What are you Fathers teaching your children today?