30 Sep What The Bible Says About Education
Whether it is a topic that you enjoy or simply something you suffer through, education is a large part of being human. From our early days when learning is mandatory, to our adult years when we must learn to remain relevant in our work, education is unavoidable. Does the Bible have anything to say about this topic?
What does the Bible say about education? Examples of education are found throughout the Bible. In fact, Jesus Himself sat under teaching and leadership as He matured. As our ultimate example, this should provide us with great context into the Biblical view of education. The Bible champions wisdom, knowledge, and education in many forms and for all ages.
So, how should the Biblical view of education shape our lives? Is the Bible referring to practical knowledge or knowledge of the Scripture? Should Christians pursue education into adulthood? In this post, we will answer these questions and more covering the topic of education in the Bible.
Understanding a Biblical View of Education
As Christians, everything we do must be done through the lens of Scripture. This includes our approach to and view of education. By developing an understanding of the Biblical view of education, we can better assess our decision when it comes to this topic.
What is Education?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines education as “the action or process of educating or of being educated; the knowledge and development resulting from the process of being educated.”
Education looks different during every stage of life. As children, we are required by law to participate in some type of formal education. During this time, we learn skills that are crucial to our success in life such as reading, writing, and arithmetic.
After establishing a foundation of knowledge through school, we are released into adulthood and enter the workforce. Some individuals choose to pursue a higher level of education through university, trade school, or other degree programs. For many professions, this additional education is imperative to a successful career.
As we continue through life, we have opportunities to participate in Biblical education courses, in continued education for our career, or other forms of learning. Each of these opportunities provides us with the chance to grow in our giftings as we benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of others.
What the Bible Says About Educating Your Children
As parents, we must make important decisions regarding our child’s education. Will they attend public school, private school, or stay at home for their education? Is it important to incorporate Biblical principles into their learning? We are commanded throughout Scripture to train our children, I believe this also includes traditional forms of education.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Even Jesus Himself pursued education as a young man. During a trip to Jerusalem, Jesus was found in the temple, learning from those older than He. In Luke 2:46 we read, “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” And later in verse 52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
Biblical Education is of Utmost Importance
While traditional education plays a critical role in success as an adult, it is not of the greatest importance. All education, especially during a child’s foundational years, should be rooted in Biblical truth. Whether you choose to send your child to public school or a Christian school, you must provide them with a strong Biblical foundation.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 reads, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” As parents, we have the great responsibility and privilege of passing on Biblical truths to our children through Christian education inside or out of the home.
Specific topics such as reading, math, and science are not mentioned in the Bible. However, by developing an understanding of these subjects we can be good stewards of the world in which we live. Without basic skills such as reading and math, it would be nearly impossible to manage the resources that we have been given. We would not have the ability to work towards promoting the kingdom of God. Because of this, I believe that it is important to champion the education of our children as they mature into the adults that God created them to be.
What the Bible Says About Adult Education
So, does the Bible have anything to say about pursuing education as an adult? Some adults have reservations about using their finances for tuition costs. However, furthering your education is often one of the best ways to develop the gifts you have been given.
Throughout the Bible, we find many verses that clearly champion wisdom and knowledge. Verses like Proverbs 16:16 which states, “How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”. Pursuing continued education through college or a trade school is an excellent way to cultivate your mind while you develop your skills and abilities.
In Proverbs 18:15 we read, “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
However, in all our endeavors, it is important to remember that God holds priority. Matthew 6:33 reads, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”. Our primary goal in all that we do should be the furthering of God’s kingdom here on earth. Whether that is through traditional education or through ministry, we each have a unique way of seeking the kingdom of God.
Examples of Education in The Bible
There are many examples of both Spiritual and practical education throughout the Bible.
In Acts 7, we learn about Moses’s education. Acts 7:22 says, “And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.”. We know that Moses’s education included topics such as science, law, architecture, writing, math, and history. As we look at Moses’s life, we can see how each of these subjects was helpful as he led the people of Israel.
The book of Daniel is full of tales of Daniel’s education and extraordinary wisdom. Because of his knowledge and understanding, King Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel to be in charge of the nation. This would not have been possible if Daniel didn’t have the education necessary to qualify for this role. Because of his education and wisdom, Daniel was able to make an incredible impact on all of Babylon.
There are many other examples of both Godly and earthly wisdom found throughout Scripture. In each of these stories, we see how God carefully equipped each individual with the knowledge that they needed to accomplish their purpose for His glory. As Christians, we can benefit much from viewing education through this light.
What is the Primary Goal of Education for Christians?
So, we have learned that the Bible clearly states the value of education for knowledge and wisdom. We also know that no amount of worldly wisdom could ever compare with Biblical knowledge. With this in mind, what should be the primary goal of education for a Christian?
Education Should Equip Us for Our Calling
Whether we understand how our education will prepare us for the future or we are still trying to figure that out, all education should equip us for our calling. A missionary without a knowledge of the language or culture of a country would not be able to effectively serve the people they are hoping to reach.
A young professional would be ineffective without the skills and education they need to accomplish their daily tasks. Even as a stay-at-home parent, it is important to have education and wisdom that allows you to run your home efficiently while caring for your children. We are all called to manage our time and resources well, education equips us to successfully accomplish this task.
Education Should Point Us Towards God
Even from a young age, education should point us towards God. From the complexities of science and biology to the many fascinating heroes within history, God’s fingerprint is on everything that we see. In any area of our life, we should be striving to grow in our relationship with God and our knowledge of Him.
Education Should Provide Us With Resources to Use for Good
Through education, we learn valuable skills and trades that equip us for our future careers. By working in our profession, we receive financial rewards. In turn, it is our responsibility to steward our resources well. Through education, we have a way to make money that we can use to bring glory to God.
Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge through education is one that we should all pursue. By educating ourselves on what the Bible says about government, the rights we have, and important political topics, we are able to promote liberty, justice, and equality for all.
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