As I was reading Isaiah I came across this scripture in Isaiah 49…
“Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
And take heed, you peoples from afar!
The Lord has called Me from the womb;
From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
2 And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.” Isaiah 49:2
This verse reminded me of Psalm 127:4-5 which says…
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:4-5
Psalm 127:4-5 reminds us that children are a blessing and have many children (a quiver of them) is a blessing. Isaiah 49:2 is a wonderful reminder that the goal is not to have a bunch of kids but to raise the little arrows into polished shafts.
According to the Webster’s 1828 polish means : ‘To refine; to wear off rudeness, rusticity and coarseneess; to make elegant and polite as to polish life or manners.’
This reminds me of Proverbs 27:17: As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
What sharpens …the word of God! As we pour the word of God into our many children and live out His precepts we are rubbing off theor rough edges (and ours) as we continually polish our children. We should act as iron in the lives of our children ultimately raising fully polished children.
Please let me know what you think when you read these verse and what verses give you encouragement?
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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.
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