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What Does the Bible Say About..Education?

What does the bible say about pursuing your education? (secondary)


The Bible really says nothing about pursuing a secondary education because the school systems we know today did not exist when the Bible was written. At that time most boys either learned a trade from their father or were apprenticed out to someone else to learn a different trade. This is why some people were once surprised with Jesus. “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” (Mark 6:3) The “offense” they had with him was that he was acting as a rabbi, although he was trained as a carpenter.

The Jews were, and still are, the most literate of all people. This was because everyone, especially every male, was expected to learn to read Torah (the Bible). This was in response to Deuteronomy 6:6-9. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heard; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes, and thou shalt write them upon the posts of they house, and on thy gates.”

The book of Proverbs is a father’s advice to his son about what it is important to learn. Most of it deals with learning about getting along with people and avoiding gangs, but the principle of learning as much as possible about a variety of things can be found throughout the book.

God wants us to be the best we can be. Sometimes that means learning more so one will have the ability to learn about and serve God better. The Bible, however, is silent on learning in school as we know it.