The commandments and teaching that the writer of this proverb is talking about here is:
“My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;” – Proverbs 6:20
Good parents INSTRUCT their kids. They teach them and command them in the way of life. They don’t manage their destruction by observing their progress or lack thereof, they direct their progress and in many cases must correct, instruct and rebuke. This is the kind of teaching that lights your way. So many people are walking in profound darkness, not knowing what makes them stumble. Maybe it’s because they either are forsaking the commands and teaching of their parents or never received them! I for one received some wonderful light and truth from my parents. I can honestly say that it has illuminated my path and shed light on my ways.
I have an older brother that has forsaken our parent’s instruction and guess what? Everything this proverb says would happen has happened. No lamp, no light and no way to life! Beyond that, there’s another benefit to this teaching and instruction. The proverb says that they will:
“To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.” – Proverbs 6:24
The adulteress is a terrible judgment and the just payment for forsaking the way of life. I have heard many people that have fallen into her lap treat the affair as it was an accident, like they got hit by a tornado! Nothing could be further from the truth! It takes great effort to fall into sin like this. You have to make a series of bad choices, starting with the forsaking of the teaching your parents gave you. It’s no accident. It’s a deliberate forsaking of the path of life and a commitment to sin.
Father DOES know best.