Instructions for Teachers and Parents (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 11)

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This chapter contains a series of pieces of advice on raising spiritual champions.

Get them to come in

Spurgeon begins this chapter of instructions for teachers with the following simple instruction:

“First, get the children to come to your school.”

Spurgeon implores teachers to get kids to come to their churches “by all fair and right means.”  Indeed, Spurgeon advocates every persuasive means short of bribery to get kids to come to church.  Indeed, we should try all means to get kids into our Children’s Ministries.  Spurgeon puts the endeavor in the correct spiritual context:

“Go and catch the children. There is no law against it; all is fair in war against the devil. So my first instruction is, get the children, and get them anyhow that you can.”

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Samuel and His Teachers (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 10)

chs-grayIn the Old Testament days of Eli the priest, the word of the Lord was precious.  Eli failed to teach his own sons to hear and obey the Word of the Lord.  Eli was certainly capable of teaching children to hear the word of the Lord as he taught Samuel and trained him to listen to God.  In this chapter, Spurgeon offers a warning to parents who serve in Children’s Ministry.  Those of us who work diligently for the souls of others must also work diligently for the souls of our own kids.  Spurgeon summarizes:

“O that those who are diligent about the souls of others, would look well to their own households. Alas, poor Eli, like many in our day, they made thee keeper of the vineyards, but thine own vineyard thou hast not kept. As often as he looked upon the gracious child, Samuel, he must have felt the heartache. When he remembered his own neglected and unchastened sons, and how they had made themselves vile before all Israel, Samuel was the living witness of what grace can work where children are trained up in God’s fear, and Hophni and Phineas were sad specimens of what parental indulgence will produce in the children of the best of men.”

Eli’s kids were evidence of what happens when parents indulge their children.  Spurgeon contrasts Eli’s raising of his sons with Samuel parents.  Sameul had a gracious father and a holy mother.  Hannah was a woman of great poetic talent and a woman of prayer as indicated in the following verses:

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Monday Morning Prophecy #23 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of Zerubbabel

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This week marks the end of our look at the Old Testament prophecies of the lineage of the coming Messiah.  In past weeks, we have looked at prophecies related to some notable Old Testament characters including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Jesse and David.  Today, we will look at a prophecy related to a slightly lesser known Old Testament character: Zerubbabel.

Haggai the prophet informs us that the Lord chose Zerubbabel to be like a signet ring (his signature).  This is an indication that the Messiah (God’s signet ring on his right hand) would come from Zerubbabel’s lineage:

On that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the LORD, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the LORD of hosts.” [Haggai 2:23]

As we have in prior weeks, let’s look at the genealogies of Christ from the New Testament books of Matthew and Luke to see if Jesus was indeed descended from Zerubbabel.  Let’s start with Matthew (as with prior weeks, I have highlighted the relevant sections in red):

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What Mean Ye' By This Service? (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 9)

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Introduction

In this chapter, Spurgeon looks at what kids should be taught about Jesus and the doctrines of the Christian faith.  Far from shying away from teaching kids doctrine, Spurgeon demands they be taught and explains why they are foundational for faith in Christ beginning with what he see as the most important concept – redemption!

Redemption

More than just a doctrine which should be learned, Spurgeon views redemption of the lens through which we should view all of life.  Spurgeon explains:

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Monday Morning Prophecy #22 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of David

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Last week, we looked at the Old Testament prophecy that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse.  This week we will examine the Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse’s son David.

In 2 Samuel, the Lord commissions Nathan to go the David:

Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. [2 Samuel 7:8-13]

God assures David that the eternal kingdom would come through his linage.  There are also several passage from the Psalm which indicate that God promised David that his offspring would endure and rule forever.  As indicated when we looked at the prophecies that the Christ would come from the line of Judah, only the Messiah fulfills any promise of eternal rule.

You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.'” Selah [Psalms 89:3-4]

Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. [Psalms 89:35-36]

There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. [Psalms 132:17]

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Monday Morning Prophecy #21 – The Messiah Would Come From the Lineage of Jesse

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Over the last several weeks, we looked at prophecies made thousands of years before the birth of Jesus that indicated that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham through Isaac through Jacob through Judah.  This week, we will skip a number of generations and look at Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse (a descendant of Judah and father of King David).

The prophet Isaiah prophecies hundreds of years before the birth of Christ that the Messiah would come from the line of Jesse:

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. [Isaiah 11:1-2]

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. [Isaiah 11:10]

In the New Testament, Paul refers to the prophecies of Isaiah in talking about Jesus:

And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” [Romans 15:12]

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