Ahaz, ninth ruler of Judah, took rebellion against God to a disgusting high – amidst all the atrocities, he also sacrificed his own children to Baal; he burned them in fire. But just before we decide to pull on our judicial garb for Ahaz, let’s check ourselves out first. How might children be yet sacrificed today? Could it occur in where we choose to have them educated; trying to keep up with the world's standard? Perhaps it's the lack of quality time spent with them - due to the demands of work, or the indulgence of a pack social schedule. Could a child's future be blighted due to the corrupting influence of unrestrained parents? How about when authority that parents should exert in the home is deferred to children? It is as true today as it ever was, "The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself, bringeth his mother to shame;" and "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far Prov. 29: 15; 22:15.
Children are their own individuals and must never be disrespected or abused. But being children, they must be guided, protected, and provided for. Failure in any of these respects leaves them as vulnerable preys of Devil and that is tantamount to offering them up as sacrifices to him through the gods of pride, workaholism, and self-indulgence. They are a heritage of the Lord and should be treated accordingly.
Father in Heaven, whose children we are, please help us to be like You in the treatment of our children today. Although, You did sacrifice your Son, You only did it so we don't have to sacrifice our own. Being all sinners we were destined to die, but by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Your only begotten son we all may live and not die. And praises to You, the plan includes all our children today. May we like the parents during Jesus' sojourn here take all our children to you to be blessed we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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