But that’s not what the verse says.
The Hebrew word chanokh, which is translated in this verse as “train,” is used as a verb in only three other passages in the Bible and describes either dedicating, consecrating, or equipping. In each place this word is used, its meaning goes far beyond simply gaining knowledge or learning discipline. Chanokh conveys more the idea of encouraging, preparing, and guiding children on the path to adulthood. It’s the difference between “teaching” a child and “training” a man or woman of God.
I know many parents who would love to feed a bit of that kind of “maturity cake” to their own kids! It seems that more and more teenagers in this generation are becoming stuck in a perpetual state of adolescence. Instead of growing into healthy adults, a rising number of young people are prolonging their childhood. In fact, the American Medical Association has recently increased the age of adolescence to 27. That means we have a bunch of twenty-somethings running around behaving like kids!
In order to figure out the wisdom God really wants us to remember, a good rule of thumb is to pay attention to how many times that issue is mentioned in Scripture. And when it comes to handling finances, there are 2,350 verses in the Bible on the topic! Discussions about money and possessions comprised close to 15 percent of what Jesus taught. Obviously, the proper handling of money is a big deal.