Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Old Parents – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verses 22-25
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Old Parents
Why I believe that these verses are a bit different than others concerning the treatment of children toward their parents, is that these give the sense that adults are the major target. Adult children, rather than say, 1- 20 year old range.
I say that because a young child (in most common circumstances) wouldn’t have an old mother. There comes a point in the heart of a man or woman through adulthood, where they believe, that because we’re now adults, we’re obviously smarter than our elders.
Their ways and/or advice are old fashioned, and we tend to believe that whatever it is that they’re trying to tell us was fine for back in the day, but things are different now. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
We don’t stop to realize that they have continued to live out their lives through all of the changes that come through time. They didn’t stop experiencing life and tackling different issues, just because we’re able to stand on our own two feet.
Something else that we need to understand, is that if we’re not careful, we can begin to be deceived into believing different things are acceptable to the Lord due to societal changes through time, when they’re not. There is a transformation taking place, where good is seen as evil, and evil seen as good.
The problem with generational acclimation, is that newer generations haven’t got a clue that they’re being acclimated to believe that what was once sin, is now not just acceptable, but the norm. Since the early to mid 1900’s, morality, dignity, integrity, identity, honor, nobility, etc., have all slidden further and further away, and is becoming a rarity.
Some would argue that this downward trend began to take place when the Lord was kicked out of the school system. With that I tend to agree.
When people in Florida are being placed under arrest for feeding the homeless, and there isn’t a public outcry, then there’s something up. Yes this happened a couple of years ago by the way. I could go on and on with different examples, but I digress…
Most of our elders can remember different times. Times that might not have been so riddled with sin and debauchery. Nobody is telling us that we should do what our parents do or did, because they may be every bit as flawed or worse than we might be. We’re to hold up Christ as our example as far as “doing” goes.
But above, the scripture is saying to hearken and listen. Use their experience for our benefit. When it comes to our parents, they may be taking pleasure in our wisdom by listening to them, and not following their footsteps into some trouble that they had to endure.
The Lord placed these pieces of scripture here for a reason, and he has seen the gradual effect of generational acclimation over and over again throughout time. There was a time in the Old Testament, where they found the Books of Moses buried deep in the temple, and were amazed at how far they had turned away from the Lord.
Thousands of years ago, it was said that there’s nothing new under the sun. Why do we tend to think the opposite is true, when we’re given advice from our elders?
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Timothy 5:
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
1 Peter 5:
5 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Forgive us of our pride, and for any time that we think ourselves any better or smarter than anyone else because of what time they were born into. Help us to understand the differences, both subtle and major, between today’s world, and life through your Word. Open our eyes to what is sin, that we know it, and to what is right and justified in your eyes. Please grant us the wisdom to make choices that will please you, and cause for us to be more like Christ Jesus every day. And in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever thought you knew better than your old parents, but found that you were wrong?