Re: Verse reading–Exodus 20:12; Luke 2:45-52; John 19:25-27 (day one)
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”–Ephesians 6:1. The Bible describes God’s plan for a child with an unusual word. Hypakouo. (Hypo=under, thus a hypodermic needle goes under the skin, and akouo=to hear, thus acoustics.) Hypakouo was both action and attitude. It described a child who listens as one “under” authority, with the intention and expectation of obedience. Ever hear someone described as having “feet of clay”? It is not a compliment! It means a person who takes a stand/makes a commitment that eventually crumbles away with time. “Ears of clay”, however, is a good thing. Sharp ears. Soft heart. Children who learn this suppression of self-will find it easier (later) to take this life-giving attitude toward God. “Lord, have Thine own way. Thou art the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.”–George C. Stebbins.