And these words, which I
command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them
diligently unto thy children. Deut. 6:6, 7
In his childhood, Joseph had been taught
the love and fear of God. Often in his father's tent, under the Syrian stars,
he had been told the story of the night vision at Bethel, of the ladder from
heaven to earth, and the descending and ascending angels, and of Him who from
the throne above revealed Himself to Jacob. He had been told the story of the
conflict beside the Jabbok, when, renouncing cherished sins, Jacob stood
conqueror, and received the title of a prince with God.
A shepherd boy, tending his father's
flocks, Joseph's pure and simple life had favored the development of both
physical and mental power. By communion with God through nature and the study
of the great truths handed down as a sacred trust from father to son, he had
gained strength of mind and firmness of principle.
Younger than Joseph or Daniel was Moses
when removed from the sheltering care of his childhood's home; yet already the
same agencies that shaped their lives had molded his. Only twelve years did he
spend with his Hebrew kindred; but during these years was laid the foundation
of his greatness; it was laid by the hand of one little known to fame. . . .
Through no other woman, save Mary of
Nazareth, has the world received greater blessing. Knowing that her child must
soon pass beyond her care, . . . she sought to implant in his heart love and
loyalty to God. And faithfully was the work accomplished.
In arousing and strengthening a love for
Bible study, much depends on the use of the hour of worship. The hours of
morning and evening worship should be the sweetest and most helpful in the day.
Let it be understood that into these hours no troubled, unkind thoughts are to
intrude; that parents and children assemble to meet with Jesus and to invite
into the home the presence of holy angels.
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