Issue 143, January 25, 2010
From Homeschool Helpers
By Dan L. White
In association with Pass It On Church Ministries
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A beginning homeschool family is often fearful. This fear is fed by institutional intimidation. We are constantly barraged with propaganda that says that only the socialist institution can educate. This propaganda comes from the government, from local news media, from friends and neighbors, and from the National Education Association, whose wealth and power depend on that system.
First of all, you must see the concept that only the public schools can educate for what it is – just false propaganda. The educational bureaucracy does not want you to even think that anyone can educate except for them, so that you’ll be afraid to try it.
Years ago my wife had an interesting lesson as a school girl. Each fall her family took her out of public school for about a week and a half to attend the Feast of Tabernacles. The public school she attended gave her assignments to work on during her absence. During that ten day period, she worked only a few hours on her school assignments – not a few hours every day, but just a few hours total – and when she returned to school she was always ahead of her class.
That is public school education. It is the least effective education method available. You may have noticed that the government is always coming up with programs to fix the public schools. Your local news will constantly carry puff stories about how the public schools are getting better. What are they saying when they do that? They are admitting that the public schools are doing a terrible job.
You see, the propaganda is backwards. All other educational alternatives are better than the institutional schools. Test scores show that homeschooling ranks highest, then private schools, then in last place come the big government public schools.
You should not fear a homeschool education. You should fear a public school education.
The biggest reason for that is not academic but spiritual. Sending your children to the anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-Bible public schools directly pits you against God. Pulling your children out of that idolatrous system and educating them in the admonition of the Lord puts God on your side.
What can you do with God on your side?
Let’s look at two kings, Saul and David.
Saul was fearful.
1Samuel 10, World English Bible
(1) Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it on [Saul’s] head, and kissed him, and said, Isn't it that Yahweh has anointed you to be prince over his inheritance?
(2) When you have departed from me today, then you shall find two men by Rachel's tomb, in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will tell you, The donkeys which you went to seek have been found; and behold, your father has stopped caring about the donkeys, and is anxious for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
(3) Then you shall go on forward from there, and you shall come to the oak of Tabor; and three men shall meet you there going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:
(4) and they will greet you, and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive of their hand.
(5) After that you shall come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall happen, when you have come there to the city, that you shall meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tambourine, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying:
(6) and the Spirit of Yahweh will come mightily on you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.
(7) Let it be, when these signs have come to you, that you do as occasion shall serve you; for God is with you.
(8) You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: you shall wait seven days, until I come to you, and show you what you shall do.
(9) It was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs happened that day.
Samuel told Saul that he was picked to be king, and Saul was given all those signs to show that God would be with him. But Saul was still afraid.
1 Samuel 10
(17) Samuel called the people together to Yahweh to Mizpah;
(18) and he said to the children of Israel, Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you:
(19) but you have this day rejected your God, who himself saves you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said to him, No, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before Yahweh by your tribes, and by your thousands.
(20) So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
(21) He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families; and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken: but when they sought him, he could not be found.
They selected the king by lot, to show that God did the picking. Saul already knew that he was chosen to be king. This was a ceremony confirming before the people what God had already decided.
But when Saul was chosen by lot before all Israel to be king, they couldn’t find him! At his coronation, he had vanished. Where in the world could the new king be?
1 Samuel 10
(22) Therefore they asked of Yahweh further, Is there yet a man to come here? Yahweh answered, Behold, he has hid himself among the baggage.
This is the crowning moment for the new king. The whole nation clamored for a human king, and Yahweh picked the handsomest, tallest man in all the tribes of Israel, and when it was time to place the crown on his head they couldn’t find his head. It was hidden in the baggage!
May we quote a few more translations of the Bible on that verse?
“He is keeping himself from view among the goods,” Bible in Basic English.
“Saul is over there, hiding behind the supplies,” Good News Bible.
And the good old King James says, “Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.”
The new king was hiding among the stuff. He had stuffed himself in with the stuff!
1 Samuel 10
(23) They ran and fetched him there; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.
(24) Samuel said to all the people, "You see him whom Yahweh has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?" All the people shouted, and said, Long live the king.
They got Saul out and cheered him on, but he was not a man of faith. The man who was head and shoulders taller than any other man in the kingdom was scrunched down in the stuff. He was a man of fear.
Now compare that to David.
(1) Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle; and they were gathered together at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
(2) Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and encamped in the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
(3) The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
(4) There went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
Let me point out here that Goliath – may I call him Golly? –was a big dude. A cubit was about the length of a man’s arm from the elbow down, or about a foot and a half. So Golly’s height was six times a foot and a half – nine feet – plus a hand span.
Golly was almost ten feet tall!
In fact, a bedstead was found in that area proving that people were that big. Can you imagine the Hebrew soldiers, five–foot–something tall, looking up at ten foot Golly as he challenged them to fight? Perhaps that’s where that term came from: those little guys all stared up at him and just said, “Golly!”
1 Samuel 17
(5) He had a helmet of brass on his head, and he was clad with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
(6) He had brass shin armor on his legs, and a javelin of brass between his shoulders.
(7) The staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and his shield bearer went before him.
(8) He stood and cried to the armies of Israel, and said to them, Why have you come out to set your battle in array? am I not a Philistine, and you servants to Saul? choose a man for you, and let him come down to me.
(9) If he be able to fight with me, and kill me, then will we be your servants; but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then you will be our servants, and serve us.
(10) The Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
(11) When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
Now let’s get the picture here. The biggest man of the Philistines came out to challenge Israel. What man of Israel would come out to fight him?
Who was the biggest man of Israel? What one man was the natural choice to fight Goliath?
Saul, of course. He was Israel’s biggest dude. But he, like all the other Hebrew fellows, was afraid. So Israel’s biggest dude was really Israel’s biggest dud.
Then David came along.
(16) The Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
(17) Jesse said to David his son, Take now for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers;
(18) and bring these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and look how your brothers fare, and take their pledge.
(19) Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
(20) David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the place of the wagons, as the army which was going forth to the fight shouted for the battle.
(21) Israel and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army.
(22) David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers.
(23) As he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke according to the same words: and David heard them.
(24) All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
(25) The men of Israel said, Have you seen this man who is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
(26) David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
When David heard Goliath insult God, he was personally insulted himself. It is hard for us to understand the love that David had for his Father. We hear God insulted and kicked around and kicked out so much that we get used to it. We aren’t stirred up at all.
David was stirred.
1 Samuel 17
(27) The people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man who kills him.
(28) Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why have you come down? and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride, and the naughtiness of your heart; for you have come down that you might see the battle.
Notice that David’s oldest brother Eliab, the one young man who was most responsible for standing up for the family, got very angry that David should even ask about Goliath. Also notice that Eliab did not get angry when Goliath insulted Yahweh, only when David asked about it.
1 Samuel 17
(29) David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
(30) He turned away from him toward another, and spoke after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
(31) When the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed them before Saul; and he sent for him.
(32) David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
What a statement! Here’s this kid, a farm boy, in front of the whole cowering army of Israel, telling them not to be afraid. “Don’t worry. I’ll fight that Philistine!”
1 Samuel 17
(33) Saul said to David, You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
(34) David said to Saul, Your servant was keeping his father's sheep; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock,
(35) I went out after him, and struck him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck him, and killed him.
(36) Your servant struck both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.
(37) David said, Yahweh who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. Saul said to David, Go, and Yahweh shall be with you.
Saul said that but he did not believe it. If Saul had believed that God would be with him, Saul would have fought Goliath himself. Saul did not believe that God would be with him, so he did nothing. And when he did nothing, God was not with him.
David did believe it.
1 Samuel 17
(38) Saul clad David with his clothing, and he put a helmet of brass on his head, and he clad him with a coat of mail.
(39) David girded his sword on his clothing, and he tried to go; for he had not proved it. David said to Saul, I can't go with these; for I have not proved them. David put them off him.
(40) He took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his wallet; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
(41) The Philistine came on and drew near to David; and the man who bore the shield went before him.
(42) When the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and withal of a fair face.
(43) The Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks? The Philistine cursed David by his gods.
(44) The Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field.
(45) Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to you in the name of Yahweh of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
(46) This day Yahweh will deliver you into my hand; and I will strike you, and take your head from off you; and I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky, and to the wild animals of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
(47) and that all this assembly may know that Yahweh doesn't save with sword and spear: for the battle is Yahweh's, and he will give you into our hand.
(48) It happened, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
(49) David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang it, and struck the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
David was not afraid. Why not? Because he knew that he was not fighting Goliath alone.
Look at what David said.
“I come to you in the name of Yahweh of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
“This day Yahweh will deliver you into my hand.”
“…the battle is Yahweh's, and he will give you into our hand.”
Saul was afraid. Saul did not expect God to be with him. David was not afraid. David knew that God would be with him.
If you choose to make Christ to be the head of your school system instead of Obama, God will be with you. Just as God has cursed the public schools of America because they have kicked Him out, so He will bless your homeschool when you base it on Him. Instead of being under the curse of kicking Him out, you will see the power of God kick in.
Christian homeschool families are blessed in every way, to the degree that they make Christ the center of their lives. On standardized tests, homeschool students average several years ahead of their public school counterparts. They are happier, healthier, and grow up to be better citizens. The whole Christian homeschool family is blessed, as the families become closer and more stable.
Do you fear that?
No. Of course not. You must fear not doing that. If you support the public schools and line yourself up directly against God, be very afraid. If you choose to Christian homeschool, be very brave.
Php 4:13 MKJV
(13) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The apostle Paul wrote that. He had been shipwrecked, beaten, stoned and jailed. After all that, he was brave, because He knew God was with him.
That’s what Christ strengthened Paul to do.
Can Christ strengthen you to be able to home school?
Absolutely. Just step out and do it. Quit hiding in the stupid stuff like Saul, get out your slingshot and go get Goliath, like David.
Well, maybe not a slingshot but a few books and pencils, and your Bible. Humanism is the worst, most brazen form of idolatry that people have ever come up with. It is worse than the golden calf and worse than the carved tree because it says that there is no being higher than people – that humans are the closest thing to gods that exist. Do not let the government raise your children in that lie!
Raise your children in the truth. Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Base your children’s education, your family, and your whole lives on that.