“Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Do you know this word “train” in the phrase “Train up a child” actually comes from a Hebrew root, I am told, that comes from what the midwives used to do when the little Hebrew babies were born. They would take their index finger and dip it in olive oil, and then take that index finger and dip it in crushed dates. And then they would take the little newborn baby, and they would slip their finger inside the mouth of that newborn baby and touch the palette of that baby. What that would do was it began the sucking instinct, the nursing instinct. It was to create a desire in the heart of that child to take nourishment. As a matter of fact, if you take your finger and rub it right back over the roof of your mouth, you’ll find instinctively you want to swallow.
It literally means to create a desire. Oh, if parents today could create a desire for God in the hearts of their children!
About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst, author, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the National War Council. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on TCP News and Inspirational Christian Blogs, and from there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
Greg is the author of the newly released book: Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church
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