I am preparing to speak this evening at my daughter’s preschool graduation. As a challenge to the children and to the parents, I want to teach Deuteronomy 6:1-7.
1 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, 2 so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 “O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4 “Hear, O Israel ! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one ! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 ” You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up.
I. God teaches Moses
It all begins with a relationship with God. God wants to have a person relationship with people and He opens the door to that relationship by communicating with us through His Word. He reveals Himself to Moses, giving His Word to Moses so that he can know God personally, intimately. Interestingly enough, Moses had to write out God’s Word by hand. There is something that connects between brain and hand to help us memorize information and when we write something down, we remember it better. Years later, when Israel had a king, one of the first things that the king had to do was write his own copy, by hand, of the first 5 books of the Bible. The exact same thing that Moses had to do. Do you have a personal relationship with God so that you can model that for your children? Do you have a relationship with the Word of God so that you can know God and pass it on to your children?
II. Moses teaches the adults
Moses did not just keep His relationship with God to himself. He shared that relationship with others. He actively invested in the lives of the adults, modeling a relationship with God and teaching them the Word of God. The adults learned from Moses so that they could be an example for their own children. Is someone actively investing in you, teaching you how to have a personal relationship with God by teaching you God’s Word? Is that person an example for you to follow? As an adult with experience walking with God, do you seek to invest in young parents, teaching them how to invest in their own young children? If someone did it for you, don’t you think you should do it for others?
III. Adults teach their children
The first thing that the parents do, before actually teaching their children the Word of God, is to be an example by having a personal relationship with God. Parents are a model for their children. Parents show their children how to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and strength. As the children learn from their parents’ example, parents begin to invest the Word of God into the lives of their children. God wants the parents to educate their children, especially in spiritual matters. How do we teach them? Talk with them. How many times as parents do we get so busy with life that we do not have time to sit and listen to our kids, to have good conversations with them? How many times do parents come home from work and turn on the t.v. and just spend the evening “with their kids” but not paying any attention to them? Talk to them while sitting at home. Share with them when they ask questions, and children have tons of questions. Before going to bed, share the Word of God with them. Tell them Bible stories. Read the Bible with them. There are many ways to get children in the Bible and get the Bible in the children. Be creative. In the morning, before you leave for work, sit down and read together, tell them a story, pray together to set the tone of the day. You will be amazed at what a difference this will make in your relationship with your children. In fact, there are some great results from doing this.
The first thing that the children do is learn to respect God in their daily lives. As children learn to respect God, they will also learn to respect you, especially as they grow. If you walk with God and teach your children to walk with God, He has promised to give you a long life, with quality days. God will honor you and give you a chance to see your children grow up and then have the privilege of investing in your grandchildren. As you develop a personal relationship with God, He will honor you. He will allow you to be a positive example for your children, grandchildren, and younger families as you mature. God will use you in an awesome way to positively impact future generations. Would you like to experience something like that? God wants you to experience it. You are the only person keeping you from experiencing God in this way.