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Why Teach Young Children the Bible?

Once some NASA scientists were asked, "What is the moon made of?  Just say the very first thing that comes to your mind."  They all smiled and said, "Green cheese!"  These scientists knew what the moon is really made of, but their first response was what they were taught as children!

Young children are like sponges.  Their whole job in life is to take information in.  It is important as parents and teachers, that we understand the precious opportunity we have to teach our young children to know and to love God.  There are at least two examples in the Bible that demonstrate this.

    Consider the story of baby Moses in Exodus 2:1-10.  His mother had him for a little while at a very young age and then had to give him to Pharaoh's daughter.  She taught him while she had the opportunity.  Let's use our imagination for a moment.  She may have said something like, "My precious little Moses, soon you will no longer live here.  But I want you to know God, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He is my God and I want Him to be your God, too.  Remember, He will always use His power to help you.  He will be your safe place in trouble.  Stay in the secret place He has for you.  Remember, with every step you take, His angels are watching out for you."  Even though Moses was taught in all the wisdom of Egypt, he still followed the faith of his mother.  Think about how powerful his mother's influence was over her young child, considering how short her opportunity was.
    Now, let's look at the story of little Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:9-28.  His mother, Hannah, kept him with her until he was weaned.  These few years were the only time she had with him.  Then, as she had promised the Lord, she brought him to the House of the Lord while he was young.  From then on, she only saw him once a year.  It was his mother's faith and teaching that influenced this mighty prophet.
    Parents and teachers, your little children are ready and waiting to hear about God from you.  It is an opportunity for all of us to study the Bible for ourselves, so that we are ready to teach them.  It is an opportunity to spend time in prayer, drawing close to God, so that we can share with them our first hand knowledge of Him.

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