Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.…
I. EXPLAIN. In order to fear the Lord we must have a real sense of His being and presence. But God can only effectually teach this. But, relying on Him, we should early wish to teach our children their dependence upon God, their responsibility to Him, the duty of prayer, the preciousness of the Scriptures, the sanctity of the Lord's Day.
II. REASONS FOR THUS TEACHING THEN.
1. To educate them without teaching them, this is a most defective education.
2. They are not qualified even for this life if they be not taught "godliness." For it enables them to become happier and better members of society, and to more extensively benefit their fellow-creatures.
3. If the teaching of the fear of the Lord be omitted, there had better be no teaching at all. To improve the intellectual capacities without improving the heart and principles will be doing no kindness to those taught or to society at large. Therefore the importance of Sunday Schools.
Parallel VersesKJV: Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.