"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Home Safety

When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.
20th February
J. C. Ryle
If you would train your children rightly, train them in the way they should go and not in the way they would.
The Jews built their homes with flat roofs to which there was access from inside the building. The roof was therefore a place of potential danger, for it would have been possible for a child, or even an adult, to fall to his death. To ensure the safety of any who might be on the roof, the Lord commanded His people to build a battlement for the roof of every new house. The principle is clear: Gods people are responsible to do all in their power to ensure the safety of all in their home.

This duty falls most heavily on Christian fathers. They have a particular responsibility to build their home according to a safe plan. Father, protect your family, especially your children, from the dangers that can so easily befall them. We are told that most accidents occur in the home. Spiritually, it is all too true that it is in the home that children are exposed to the very things that threaten their souls. Have not many fathers allowed their homes to be a catchment pool for the filth of Hollywood? Have they not failed to erect a defence against the constant stream of filth and violence that emanates from their television sets, their video recorders, and their music centres?

How many Christian fathers have lost their children to the world and the devil because they built no protection against these insidious evils inside their own homes! The best battlements are the Word of God, read and obeyed; a warm, loving family worship of Christ; earnest prayer; and a home regulated by the gospel of grace. Have you built your battlement?