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6 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 28

The Messiah’s Example chastisement to be administered in love?
Proverbs 3:12 and Hebrews 12:5-7.
The Messiah set us the example of what COMMENT: Contrary to the diabolical
we should do regarding infants and little teachings of modern child psychologists, YE-
children. Notice what he did! HOVAH God commands physical punishment
1. Did the Messiah baptize infants and for disobedient children. (This truth is made
young children -- or did he, instead, pronounce plain in our free article on “Child Rearing.”
BLESSINGS upon them? Matthew 19:13 and Write for it.) YEHOVAH God punishes His
Mark 10:13-16. spiritual sons in real Godly love and
COMMENT: Yeshua did not baptize consideration for their welfare to teach them
children! And his early Apostolic Ecclesia did lessons. Likewise, parents are not to punish their
not perform such baptisms either! Nowhere in children in hate, but in the love of YEHOVAH
the Bible is there an example or command for God explaining that they are being punished
this practice. because they have done wrong! This point is so
YESHUA BLESSED LITTLE CHIL- important it cannot be overstressed. Punishment
DREN BY LAYING HIS HANDS ON THEM must be in LOVE -- but with authority! This is
AND PRAYING FOR THEM. He undoubtedly the only way to instill obedience in a child.
prayed to his Father in Heaven for divine 6. If children are properly taught the
protection and guidance of their young lives, and ways of YEHOVAH God and are punished in
that the parents who brought these children to love, will they depart from Him and His laws
him would be given wisdom to properly train when they are older -- when MATURE in mind?
them in the ways of YEHOVAH God. Proverbs 22:6. Do we find a good example of
This is the Messiah’s own example for such an individual? II Timothy 3:15.
the ministers of his true Ecclesia. Today, COMMENT: Even though Timothy’s
YEHOVAH’s ministers DO invoke this same parents had only the Old Testament scriptures,
blessing upon infants. they properly trained him during his childhood.
Now let’s understand what YEHOVAH He did not depart from YEHOVAH God when
God expects from Christian parents and their he grew older, but continued with such fervency
children. in the ways of YEHOVAH, that he became
2. Does YEHOVAH God command converted and was later ordained as a minister in
parents to teach their children obedience to His YEHOVAH’s Ecclesia!
laws? Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and Ephesians 6:4. Timothy’s example shows that children,
3. Are children also commanded to obey properly trained and instructed in the ways of
and honor their parents? Proverbs 1:8, Exodus YEHOVAH God, can come to real repentance
20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-3. Should they obey in and belief in the Messiah, when they become
everything? Colossians 3:20. mature in mind. They will then, through
4. As a child, did Yeshua also set the personal conviction and by free choice, seek the
example of perfect obedience to his parents for ways of the Messiah and baptism in real
all children to imitate? Luke 2:51. sincerity from the heart!
COMMENT: Jesus obeyed his parents
in all things, as well as the One who was to When to Be Baptized
become his Heavenly Father! He was “subject”
or obedient to their wishes. How soon should we be baptized once
5. Should children who disobey -- sin we have truly repented of our sins? One or two
against -- their parents, be chastised and religious groups insist that baptism should be put
corrected? Proverbs 19:18 and 22:15. Is this off until the candidate has “proved he HAS the

Avoid a Counterfeit Baptism!
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