Friday, July 25, 2008

Exodus teaches Homeschooling

My kids and I have started a journey through the book of Exodus. Every morning for our Bible time before we start "school", we read and discuss a chapter from the book of Exodus. Since there are 40 chapters in the book, we know we are going to have 40 wonderful days of learning at the feet of Jesus.

Exodus is about the enslavement and redemption of the Hebrews and the birth of a Hebrew nation. We know that the enslavement of the Hebrews did not take God by surprise, in fact He told Abraham in Gen.15:13-14 that this was going to take place. I also believe that God chose to bring forth Moses at this time as well, so Moses' birth was not an accident at all.

We all know the story. When Moses was born, his mother decided to hide him, when she could hide him no longer, she put him in a basket and placed the basket in the river. For some reason (divine) Pharaoh's daughter decides to go wash at that same river at that time, then she spots the basket, when she opens it and finds a baby, she knows instantly that this is a Hebrew baby, but decides to adopt him. Then for some (divine) reason agrees to let a Hebrew woman nurse and raise the child until he was a little older. Pharaoh's daughter was obviously richer and could afford to give Moses' more stuff (i.e. private tutor, personal yoga trainer, etc), but God chose a godly woman who did not have stuff to give, but who knew what was really important to the upbringing of a child. God chose someone who would not give her God given responsibility over to the "experts".

This is the part that shows us the value of homeschooling. God knew that Moses cannot grow up to be the person he would use in the way He (God) intended to use him unless he was raised and taught the right values by the right person and this person was definitely not Pharaoh's daughter nor the household of Pharaoh. The Bible tells us that Moses was learned in the ways of the Egyptians. This means that he knew all about the idol worship and how the Egyptian royalty lived their lives, but he was not raised in the midst of it. Because he was nurtured by godly parents during his formative years, when he finally entered Pharaoh's palace, he did not become an Egyptian. He was not conformed to Egypt. He always knew he was a Hebrew, he even killed an Egyptian who was oppressing a Hebrew. Despite the fact that he was the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (keep in mind the Egyptians saw their Pharaohs as gods) and lived in the Palace and was probably worshiped just like the other members of the royal family, yet, he never considered himself an Egyptian. Prov. 22:6 and Hebrews 11:24-27 tells us why.

This was an eye opener for me as a homeschooling mom. God has given us our children to raise for his glory. During their formative years, it is ESSENTIAL that they are nurtured and raised in the right place (home) by the right people(parents) who will teach them the right values (godliness) so that when they eventually enter "Egypt" (the world), they will not conform to Egypt.

God Bless You



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