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A COMMAND FOR PARENTS

Date: December 10

Category: Leadership

Deuteronomy 32:46-47
"He said to them, Set your [minds and] hearts on all the words which I command you this day, that you may command them to your children, that they may be watchful to do all the words of this law. For it is not an empty and worthless trifle for you; it is your [very] life. By it you shall live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to possess."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese are the words of Moses to the Israelites before they were to cross the Jordan River. But this is a commandment that God wants us to heed to as well. In verse 46a we read, "Set your [minds and] hearts on all the words which I command you this day." Setting your mind and heart upon something really just means focusing on something so much that it penetrates into your mind and heart. In this case, God wants us to focus on His Word. He wants us to set our minds and hearts upon His Word, so that everything we do will be in line with what the Word of God says.

But why else should we set our minds and hearts on the Word? Well in verse 46b we read, "that you may command them to your children." So God wants His Word to be first in our minds and hearts so that we will teach our children from the Word of God. All parents, especially fathers, have the responsibility of teaching, training, and disciplining their children. Yes, it's important to teach our children to brush their teeth, clean their rooms, do their homework, etc. But it's even more important that we teach our children from the Word of God.

Now what are some ways that parents can do that? Well first of all, parents can have family devotionals with their children, where they teach their children from the Word of God and receive feedback from the children about what has been taught. This is something that should take place every day. Not only are parents supposed to teach their children from the Word, but they should also expect their children to read the Word for themselves. Parents have the responsibility to command their children to read the Bible and then summarize to them what they've read and how it applies in their lives.

It's silly that some people think parents shouldn't command their children to read the Bible and teach them the things of the Lord. They say that parents shouldn't indoctrinate their children. Instead, they should let their children make their own decisions. But that's such a foolish misconception.

One thing those people don't understand is that little and young children are not able to make their own decisions. That's why they need instruction and guidance from their parents. If little and young children were given the option of making their own decisions, they would eat chocolate everyday. They would watch movies instead of doing their homework. They would go to bed late at night. They wouldn't clean their rooms. They would never go to the dentist. Small and young children cannot make their own decisions in those areas neither can they make their own decisions about spiritual matters, such as reading the Word of God. So parents are responsible for commanding the Word of God to their children.

But what is the purpose of this? Well in verse 46c we read, "that they may be watchful to do all the words of this law." So parents are to teach their children from the Word of God so that they will obey everything that God says in His Word. When children are able to do that, then they will grow up to become successful adults. That's why it's so important that parents command the Word to their children.

Then in verse 47a we read, "For it is not an empty and worthless trifle for you; it is your [very] life." In other words, the Word of God is not something that is worthless and insignificant to us. Actually, the Word of God is our life. The Law of God is the very thing that brings life to us. In John 6:63b Jesus said, "The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life." So we need God's Word in order to live. Since we need God's Word to live, then we should teach God's Word to our children as well so that they may have life.

Then in verse 47b it says, "By it you shall live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to possess." So, not only is the Word of God life to us, but the length of our lives in the land that we live depends on the Word as well. For example, God's Word gives us the wisdom we need to make proper choices in order to live longer. God's Word teaches us to eat healthy, to work, to love one another, to forgive one another, and to stay away from sin. All of those elements extend our longevity and all of those elements are things that we should be teaching our children.

So if you are a parent, then you have the responsibility to teach and command your children the Word of God. Even though your children's physical, emotional, and academic wellbeing is very important, their spiritual wellbeing is far more significant. So let's take time out of each and every day to teach our children from God's Word.

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