Monday, July 31, 2006
My Study Notes : To Live is Christ - Chapter 2
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
To the ancient Hebrews this passage represented one of the sternest commands of God.
Paul wrote in Phillipians 3:5 that he was “ circumcised on the 8th day of the people Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews”
The words ‘Hebrew of Hebrew ‘ meant that nothing but Jewish influence touched him in his early childhood.
The father of the household was primarily in charge of a child’s training. As a Pharisee, Saul’s father would have assumed this duty. The Pharisee represented some of the noblest traditions of the Jewish people.
They stood for strict religious life. Just as there are sometime bad ‘Christians’ there were some bad ‘Pharisees’ . Saul’s father would probably have been one of the ‘strict’ ones, not one of the bad ones.
Jewish parents considered children one of God’s blessings, and cherished them.
Saul would have learned prayers – saying them morning noon and night A child of normal intelligence would have been able to read scriptures by the age of 5. His mind would have been steeped in memorization of the Jewish laws.
At the age of 13 Jewish boys were considered men. The law of the Lord would have been his life.
This was a brief look at what it might have been like as Paul (Saul) was growing up. Next we’ll take a look at more of his education and life as a young man .
‘On Ya’ - ma