Before Hebrews got out from the Egyptian slavery, Moses begged the pharaoh to let his people go. And when the pharaoh agreed to let Hebrew go to the desert to celebrate and honor their God, he put up some conditions. After asking about who will go, the pharaoh asked: «But why do you take children with you?» (Exodus 10:8-11)

It must be the most vivid example of the Bible, when devil attempted growing generation so openly. Nevertheless, the issue is topical for all books of the Bible. Not in vain ages after the going out Malachi the prophet will say the prophecy about Ilia's return  - family relations are in need of being refreshed: «He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents» (Malachi 4:6).

The senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov preached about this up-to-date problem on May, 3rd in «Philadelphia» church, Izhevsk. As the wise man Solomon says: «Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children» (Proverbs 17:6). Perhaps this statement does not go along with the current idea that children are no longer hairs of their parents and their achievements are all of them. In other words parents may deny children's right to take part in their fame, they don't give the, their experience and fail up-bringing. That's why God's words are written down - for His truth will never be changed for years, every time we read the Bible we are to understand: something inside is wrong because our relationships between children and parents aren't «wreath» at all, it is not our hairs.

Also pastor spoke about «moments of honesty» that we miss when raise children. Sometimes we want to praise ourselves before children, to put a twist on something and keep something in a secret. Not getting the whole truth, children feel abruption, they feel they can't reach the level they were meant to, so failure after failure comes. Children often need advice, but being brave and pure closes real answers before then, we only teach them how to «be me». It may be considered as a special skill to be able to tell son what he needs, not tell a lie and do not put a twist on it, but to give living piece of advice about how to live his life in this godless world. We are to be able to tell about our victories and also about our failures, we are to teach severity and sympathy, rationality and trust. For up-bringing is rather difficult, we can't close our eyes on coming generations, because the prophet said it right: your wreath - even if it sounds weird - is not something that belongs to you, something that you always have with you, but it's another person with his own creeds and values, it's your child.

So the pastor offered the following metaphor: if the stranger comes to your house, how he will define your family - as a hall of fame or a hall of shame?


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