Archive for November 20th, 2014

Deuteronomy 6

Deuteronomy 6 makes it extremely clear that obedience is a key part of walking with God.  Moses drives it home with this opening statement: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long”.  It is a commandment, but also a promise.

God requires us to walk in obedience to His commands.  When we do, He promises lots of good things.  His blessings flow as we obey.  “Be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly”.  It is an if/then scenario.  If we obey, then He blesses.  That doesn’t mean He won’t bless if we aren’t always obedient, but it certainly tells us that if we want to guarantee His blessing we simply need to obey.  But the more important thing to note here is the responsibility to teach that to our son and son’s son.  Parents and grandparents have a very important responsibility around teaching God’s requirement for obedience.

We are given the formula for how to do it.  “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise”.  Pretty self-explanatory – we need to be teaching 24/7/365.  It is our role as a parent in God’s economy – to teach and more importantly model what it means to obey God.  He gives us a bit more detail: “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”.

The teaching needs to be personal – write it on your hand, hang it in front of your face, write it on the walls – do whatever it takes to be sure you teach your kids and grandkids well.  Why is it so important?  Because Moses knows how we are – “take care lest you forget the Lord….You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God”.  If it isn’t in our face we will quickly forget.  And that carries a strong price.  As parents, and grandparents, we have a big job on our plate.  We have to teach our kids to obey and to remember that God is always good.  “It will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us”.  Are you fulfilling God’s command to teach your kids?

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