Imitate God Lesson 3B
Lessons on Parenting
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
Snakes in the desert (Numbers 21:4-9)
What is this text about?
· The people stop appreciating what God supplies, to the point of abandoning Him.
· God sends snakes to bite the people so they die.
· They see what they have done and ask Moses to have God remove the snakes.
· God sees the snakes as a barrier between them and unbelief, so He leaves them there but provides deliverance by their looking at the bronze serpent.
· Jesus confirms that this is a foreshadowing of His crucifixion (see John 3:14-15).
Keeping some punishments in place (i.e. groundings), accompanying forgiveness, acts as a barrier to future rebellion
· Punishment for wrong behavior provides needed boundaries for children.
· When children do wrong, parents must always call them to repent.
· In many instances, leaving punishments in place may help prevent future occurrence, thus benefitting the children.
What behaviors can lead to worse problems?
What is the value of leaving some forms of discipline in place for the welfare of your children and their future?
What difficulties does this pose for parents?
How can you be sustained in your determination to follow through for the sake of your children?