Scripture: Deuteronomy 3-4, Psalm 36, Mark 13
Deuteronomy 4:9-12 “Tell your children and your grandchildren 10about the day you stood in the presence of the Lord your God at Mount Sinai…I want them to hear what I have to say, so that they will learn to obey me as long as they live and so that they will teach their children to do the same.’ 11 Tell your children how…12 Tell them how…”
Tell your children and grandchildren.
This probably stuck out to me this morning because I spoke on it yesterday!
We bear the responsibility for passing the faith along to the next generations, with a priority on our own children and grandchildren. Here, God charges the Israelites to tell their children and grandchildren what they have seen and experienced. They were tell about the day they stood in the Lord’s presence at Mt. Sinai, and God revealed Himself and spoke to them. Tell what you have seen and heard and know of God.
God wants the next generations “to hear what I have to say, so that they will learn to obey me…and so they will teach their children to do the same.” Hear, learn to obey, teach (specifically, your children). Each generation is responsible to pass on the faith, tell what they know, so the next generations can hear, learn to obey and teach others.
Noel was so good with our kids (his grandkids). I need to find ways to invest in my grandkids—maybe regular dates with grandpa.
I also realized on Thursday night, when I heard David teaching my “seven levels of engagement with God’s Word” that I have lots of things like that to pass on to the younger generations. I sometimes feel stymied—what do I have to say? Lots. This is where years of devotions and journals and sermons come in handy! Do a review: what has God taught you? Pass it on!
Prayer: Lord, help me to faithfully pass on to the next generations, especially to my own kids and grandkids, what You have said to me and done for me.