Homeschooling parents are often looked down upon for sheltering their children. Isolating the children God trusted them to raise is considered a bad thing in our society. I mean, how on earth will they ever be able to function in life if they never learn to get along with others?
Did you know John the Baptist was sheltered as a child? I didn’t realize it until here recently. Check this out!
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel,” Luke 1:80.
That word deserts was translated from eremos, meaning desolate, solitary, or lonesome place.
Why do you think John the Baptist was sheltered? Was it because his parents were abusing him and didn’t want anybody to find out about it? Was it because they didn’t want him to be educated so they kept him home so he could be lazy? Of course not! But those are the kinds of rumors people often spread about folks who choose to home school their children.
So let’s set the record straight here. John the Baptist, while being sheltered, was said to have waxed strong in the spirit. In other words, his character was developed in a mighty way. It probably had to do with his faith in God, his understanding, his courage — the attributes desired of any young gentleman.
Zacharias and Elizabeth were intelligent people. God had spoken to them and told them their son was going to be used for a mighty purpose. They didn’t want to take any chances on him going astray. The scriptures tell us to train up a child in the way he should go. They gave him that training in accordance with God’s commands.
What would have happened if they hadn’t sheltered him? Who might he have kept company with? Who might have influenced him?
Nowhere in the scriptures will you see where Zacharias or Elizabeth were condemned for sheltering John. Nowhere in the scriptures will you see where John regretted his upbringing.
Sheltering a child can be a wonderful thing, when it is done the right way. There are two sides to every coin and perhaps I’ll write another blog on the flip-side of this issue at another time.
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