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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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08/13/2010

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Wear The Frontlets


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

Love them or hate them, we have a lot of laws in our country. For the most part they have been enacted for the good of the people. To obtain a driver's license in NJ, one must pass both a driving and written test. The written test consists of many of the laws of the highway. It's just important to know them. Deuteronomy 4:4 is known as the Shema to the Jewish people. It has become the Jewish "confession of faith", to be recited by the pious every day in the synagogue..."Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!" Deuteronomy 6 begins this way; "These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe." The Word of God was to become very important to the Jewish people, just as it has become important to us. Today's verses strongly commands that the Word is to be on our heart. Just like passing that driver's test, we've got to learn the material to pass the test. But there's more....Moses said that the most important responsibility we have after learning ourselves is to teach our children.

This is not just an Old Testament teaching however. "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). Moses just as Jesus, wanted us to be a walking billboard for God. When do we teach? "When you sit at home, when you walk along the road, when you lie down, when you get up." It is our responsibility to be teachers of the Word in the totality of our lives It's the old walk the walk thing again. Moses said more about the Word..."Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your homes and on your gates" (V 8-9). Older versions say, "as frontlets between your eyes." This figuratively meant that it was to be foremost in their thoughts and deeds. I'm glad that we are not bound by this command, but we have an even greater and more personal one. We are to wear our Christianity proudly! The frontlets and words on the doorframes are to be the way we conduct ourselves as reflections of God's people. We are to be living testaments of the Word in which we believe. Most of our best teaching is done through our actions and deeds. The very actions and deeds that we learn and teach from God's Word...

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