Fathers: Don’t provoke. . .

Ephesians-6 4

Once again, the focus of the Verse of the Day for June 18, 2014 is on fathers:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4 KJV

Colossians 3:21 provides a similar exhortation:

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Not only are fathers not to provoke their children, but all believers in general are not to provoke God, their Father, by means of unrighteous behavior and unbelief, as the Children of Israel did in the Old Testament. Hebrews 3:16 points out what occurred:

For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

The exhortation reminds believers that they should

“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

Believers today are to learn from the provocative behavior of the Children of Israel in the Wilderness whereby they did not enter into rest that God desired for them because of their unbelief.

Rather than provoking our children to wrath or to respond in anger, Hebrews 10:24 offers this reminder:

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: This verse applies, not only to fathers, but all believers.

Listen to a scripture memory song based on Hebrews 10:24-25: “Provoke unto Love and Good Works.”

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