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Aug 12, 2018
Preacher: Archibald Brown
Passage: Genesis 42:22

Do Not Sin Against The Child

…Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required

(GENESIS 42:22)

“Do not sin against the child” (GENESIS 42:22). One way of sinning against the child is by bad example. The characters of parents are carefully watched and imitated by their children. You profess dear friend to be a Christian, and your child knows you are a member of this church. He has seen you partake of the Lord’s Supper—and then when you’ve gone home he has in a moment detected the discrepancy between your behavior at church and your daily life at home. The angry temper, the selfish spirit, the worldly conversation, all these have been so many sins against the child. By some evil examples seen by them in early life an impression may be made upon their souls the effects of which will remain to their dying day—and beyond!

Oh how dreadful the thought that by our own hypocritical lives we may be sinning against the little darlings we often feel we could die for. God forbid, that at the last great day, any of our children should turn to us with blanched cheek and say, “Father and mother, if I am damned—it is by copying the example you placed before me!”

You may also sin against the child by neglecting the means of its salvation. Do you have to confess before the Lord that the eternal interests of your children find but a small space in your prayers? Oh do not sin so against the child—he is worth praying for!

What are you doing to try to bring them to Jesus? (LUKE 5:19) Do you ever tell them of the love of Jesus? Have you ever tried to show them their need of the Savior and pointed them to Him who said “Suffer the little children to come unto me” [MATTHEW 19:14, MARK 10:14, LUKE 18:16].

These are solemn questions for I say to you dear parents in all love and from the very depths of my heart, ‘If you neglect the means for bringing your little ones to Christ, you are sinning against the child and his blood will be required of you!’ ‘If you do not teach them, the devil will!’

Oh friends it is a crying shame that in our meetings there are to be found men who pray as if they were dying to see the world converted and they never pray for their own children. It is a sad fact that there are many who seem wondrously in earnest about the conversion of strangers, who [seemingly] let their own children go to hell without a warning or entreaty.

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