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Proverbs 22:6 Initiations, Instructions and Impressions

Proverbs 22:6 — Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

  • child: infant-adolesence, boy, young man, girl, damsel, servant

I. INITIATIONS: train, initiate, catechise, dedicate, consecreate, discipline

INITIATION: the introduction of someone to a particular activity or skill: to get something started

  • First Words, First Steps, First Tastes, First Comfort (import of early)

  • "A mother is a son’s first true love. A son, especially that first son, is a mother’s last true love."

DEDICATE: The other 3 pages all use this word in the sense of dedicating the house of the Lord.

  • Hannah literally gave Samuel back to God. (I Samuel 1:28)

Catecise: instruct (someone) in the principles of Christian religion by means of question and answer

  • "the way he should go" ... "at the opening of the mouth"

Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Deuteronomy 4:9 — Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

II. INSTRUCTIONS: "in the way"

  1. Masoretic: TRAIN=ENOCH "As enoch to Methuselah"; AN ANCIENT SIMILE "WAY OF ENOCH" ... "righteous Methuselah lived a long life" will not depart

Genesis 5:24 — And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Enoch walked with God and his son Methuselah lived a LONG life (969 years.)

  • Imperfect examples, "Who wrote these instructions?" vs. "Legos Instructions"
  1. [Hebrew: "in his way"]

"Initiate the child at the opening (the mouth) of his path."

When he comes to the opening of the way of life, being able to walk alone, and to choose; stop at this entrance, and begin a series of instructions, how he is to conduct himself in every step he takes. Show him the duties, the dangers, and the blessings of the path; — Adam Clarke's Commentary of the Bible

  • "the formation of their future character"
  • Having a vision.
  • NARROW: In the word "train" is also the idea of "to narrow": to throttle, to choke
  • Give them signposts for life.
  1. "The Way"

Proverbs 10:29 — The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Hosea 14:9 — Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Ac 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou [Elymas the sorcerer] child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

III. IMPRESSIONS: The Promise? of It

a. Lasting Mark

  • the desire to "leave a lasting mark"

Ephesians 6:2 — Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) [Exodus 20:12; As Enoch to Methuselah]

b. "he will not depart from it"

" teach your children about God, they will be faithful to Him in adulthood. "

Yf thou teachest a childe what waye he shoulde go, he shall not leave it when he is olde." — Coverdale Bible

The Coverdale Bible, compiled Myles Coverdale and published in 1535, was the first complete Modern English translation of the Bible (not just the Old, or New Testament), and the first complete printed translation into English. He used some of William Tyndales manuscript, and translated the rest from various sources and not being a Hebrew or Greek scholar worked mainly from Germon sources including Luther's German translation of the Bible.

All of Coverdale’s books were condemned on the 8th July 1546 and many were burned at St Paul’s Cross on the 26th September 1546 by Bishop Bonner

  • the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.