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06/08/2010

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Teach Your Children Well


"And these words which I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up" (Deut. 6: 6 & 7).

God did not just want His people to learn the law. He wanted them to assimilate it and have it become a part of their fiber. The prophet Jeremiah put it this way; "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel, declares the Lord. 'I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people' " (31: 33). In order for them to be His people, the law had to be in their minds and on their hearts! But this was to go to the next logical level. Mothers and fathers were to teach the law to their children. They were to convey them it's importance. They were to instill within them that it was through the law that they could come to the love of God.

Do you remember some of your teachers in school? The best ones were those who were enthusiastic about their subject area and their students. A person who is passionate about something wants to know all about it. If it's baseball, art or music they will learn and read all they can about it. Not because some one tells them to, but because of their abiding passion. The children of Israel were to instill that abiding passion about God into their children. The Psalmist put it this way; "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long" (119:97). Moses was so enthusiastic about their learning of the law, that he went as far as to say to dangle the words in front of your eyes, bind them around your arms and write them on your door posts. (Vs 8 & 9).

Our children today ought to know that God is an important part of our life. They should see us pray, read the Bible. We should read Bible stories to them and take them to Sunday School classes where they can learn even more. Moreover, they ought to see us living out the laws of God in our daily lives. When the Word is truly written on our hearts, it oozes out in our everyday actions. In 1970, Graham Nash released a song he had written earlier entitled, "Teach Your Children." Though I don't like all of the words, I do like these;

"You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by. And so, become yourself because the past is just a goodbye...Teach, your children well." If we don't teach them, someone else will...

Have a great day....Let you light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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